Family Support Team
The Family Support Team now consists of 7 professionals, who all work closely together with the aim of empowering you to help you achieve the best outcome for your family and to work in partnership with you to achieve the best for your child.
We provide 1:1 emotional and practical support. Between us we have a range of skills and a wealth of experience.
Who's in our team
Drama and Movement Therapist
I am a Sesame trained Drama and Movement Therapist and a qualified Creative Arts Supervisor. I have a post graduate certificate in Childhood Bereavement and a foundation in Group Analysis. I provide family therapy sessions as well as individual drama and movement therapy sessions for the children. In the holidays I co-run drama groups for siblings.
Sophie Riga De Spinoza
I am a Music Therapist, having trained at Roehampton University. I am a qualified Integrative Psychotherapist. I provide family therapy sessions as well as individual music therapy sessions for the children.
Family Support Worker: KS1 & KS2
I work closely alongside the Family Support Team and with all the professionals to find the best way I can support you. I am available to help your family at home with communication, visuals, mealtimes, toileting, behaviour strategies, breakfast time and sleep routine. Please feel free to contact me via email.
Family Support Worker: Acorn and Early Years
I work closely with the family support team and alongside your child's class team. I am available to help you at home with communication, positive behaviour strategies, eating and drinking, sleep routines and toileting. I can provide your family with relevant guidance and resources to support your child and family with daily living. Please feel free to contact me via email.
Having a child with Learning Disabilities takes you into a journey that perhaps you had not foreseen and where things are not always the way they were supposed to be. At times you might feel that you have no space to think about your own needs and worries. You might also be worrying about what the future holds for your child or perhaps about the impact it could be having on the other members of the family. It can sometimes be helpful to share these concerns. I offer 'A Space to Think' to help parents and families to find a way forward. The sessions are completely confidential.
Having worked as a classroom assistant for many years at Oakleigh School, I am very aware of the pressures and stresses that come with having a child with disabilities. Many parents face huge challenges which may bring up unfamiliar and difficult feelings which, in turn, can feel difficult to manage. Now, as a psychotherapist, I work alongside the family support team offering parents the chance to explore some of these feelings, to offload, share and talk about how this is impacting their lives. This is a safe and confidential space where parents can think about their own needs and how they might move forward into the future.
Early Intervention Co-ordinator
Some families have problems and crisis at different times in their lives which may affect their children. My role at Oakleigh is to assess the needs of a family and suggest and work with external services and agencies that may be able to help them. I work closely with the Senior Leadership Team, Teaching Staff and other Parent Support Staff in order to make informed decisions about what is best for you and your family.
When we’re available:
- Jessica Ellinor
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
- Sophie Riga De Spinoza
- Claire Marsh
Tuesday - Thursday
- Debbie Holt
Tuesday - Friday
- Lola Alvarez
- Marion Levine
- Jill Smith
Monday and Thursday morning
THE FOLLOWING TRAINING IS BEING OFFERED BY THE BARNET CHILDREN’S INTEGRATED THERAPIES: