Early Years Tutoring

I specialise in tutoring children with special behavioural or developmental needs. I provide a warm, welcoming, early-childhood-friendly environment which can be tailored to your child’s needs and interests. I can teach children up to year 4, depending on their individual needs.

Children don’t have to have formally diagnosed “special needs” to be difficult to cater for in a traditional school environment. Below are the most common types I have encountered over my years as a classroom teacher.

Diagnosed Kids: Children with known behavioural conditions or learning disabilities, diagnosed by a professional paediatric psychologist or psychiatrist. Includes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD or ADHD), dyslexia, Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), etc.

Not-Enough-To-Be-Diagnosed Kids: Children who display certain behaviours or symptoms of such conditions as ASD or ADHD, but can’t be given an official diagnosis because they don’t meet enough of the criteria.

Cultural Clashers: Children from backgrounds other than Western, middle class families. The culture gap seems widest between school and home culture amongst those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and Indigenous children.

Lagging and Striding Developers: Children whose development either lags behind, or strides ahead of their peers. Generally an issue for classroom teachers to manage if development is deviated more than a year from the average statistical age of the class.

Super-Kids: “Naughty” kids. Super-active, super-sensitive, super-curious, super-driven and often super-smart. Impulse control constantly lets them down in their sheer enthusiasm for life and learning. Find school more challenging as it gets more formal.

Read my blog post for more in-depth discussion of these types of special needs.

In-home Parenting Consultation

Ever felt like you needed Supernanny to visit your house? Or just wished someone would give you advice that doesn’t sound like it came from someone who’d never met your child?

I can help with most early years behaviour issues: tantrums, sleep issues, destructive or violent behaviour, and so on.

Using observation, interaction, feedback and some simple, effective behaviour management techniques, I can build a bridge between you and your child and help you enjoy and understand each other instead of the daily struggle to function.

Read my blog post on behaviour management for a better understanding of my philosophy on this subject.

Building Bridges Play School

Literacy and numeracy training for two- and three-year olds? Aren’t they too young?
Actually, Building Bridges Play School is a far cry from the idea of formal literacy and numeracy training for pre-schoolers. I use the latest early years research to provide quality, age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences for toddlers. Using music, blocks, playdough, painting, dress-ups, make-believe, crafting, stories and more, I introduce your little ones to the skills they will need to be successful in school. All activities are designed to meet individual children’s needs and optimise their brain development during this most important time in their lives.

And, of course, they’re designed to be FUN! Your children will love coming to Building Bridges and the most vital part of my job is to make sure they’re all happy!