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, group support, coffee mornings and monthly workshops on a range of needs such as first aid, communication, sleep, toileting, play and leisure activities, etc.

Between us we have a range  of skills and a wealth of experience.

Who's in our team

Jessica Ellinor Jessica Ellinor

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 Sophie Riga De Spinoza

Music Therapist

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.

Richard Barton Richard Barton

Family Support Worker

My role is to invite parents into school. I host coffee mornings, playdates and co-host siblings’ drama groups with Jessica Ellinor. My job is to facilitate communication and networking between parents and carers. The aim is to promote and develop the Oakleigh parent/carer community.

Claire Marsh Claire Marsh

Family Support Worker

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 difficulties, breakfast time or even for the children's sleep routine.

Lola Alvarez Lola Alvarez

Child Psychotherapist

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.

Jill Smith Jill Smith

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
    Monday and Tuesday
  • Richard Barton
    Wednesday
  • Claire Marsh
    Monday—Friday
  • Lola Alvarez
    Thursday
  • Jill Smith
    Monday and Thursday morning