Galway Training Day – January 16th 2017
Social & Emotional Wellbeing Programme for Children
Attachment-Based Intervention Targeting
Positive Mental Health
Evidence-based – 80% of children improved their Emotional Wellbeing!*
*Based on pre & post measures of Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
Desty wants to enable all children to achieve their best and be happy. We empower children by supporting their social & emotional wellbeing.
Desty is a fun, web-based, interactive tool where children can tell their own story, explore their feelings and develop coping strategies.
Desty is the child’s online mentor.
Children also benefit from support from their offline mentor who may be an educator, health care professional or carer.
The offline mentor receives training and on-going support from Team Desty.
Together Desty and the child will travel across Desty Island to develop self-awareness, emotional literacy skills, critical thinking and problem solving.
‘I can calm down more and I can talk more to the adults in my life. I could let people know how I felt without talking if I didn’t want to because I could type it or add pictures.’
‘It’s fun and it helps you to express your feelings when you sometimes can’t. I am happier and have someone new to talk to.’
‘Making the avatars for the people who you can talk to when you are worried. This helped me to remember who they are. I liked getting the certificates too because I like certificates.’
‘I think Desty is fun and easy to use it would help people to talk.’
‘I feel Desty is enabling him to express himself. He has been closed down emotionally and through using Desty the barriers are coming down.’
‘It helped him talk about people in his life that he would share his thoughts with and helped him understand that there are lots of people that were willing to help him.’
‘It was a boost to his self-esteem. He felt very special by the end. He received his certificate during celebration assembly, and was all smiles!’
‘The fact that it is computer-based and the student is in control is a massive positive – makes a huge difference to his sense of safety and motivation and willingness to engage in thought and discussion.’
“The Desty Programme is highly compatible with the ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) ethos. In Autumn 2015 the pilot programme ran with a group of 20 ELSAs from Hampshire, yielding some impressive results. The ELSAs received specific training and online support throughout the pilot. Indeed it is this interactive support that makes this web-based tool quite distinct from any other stand-alone emotional literacy computer programme. I am genuinely impressed by the product.”