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Reading & Writing Skills

  • Qualified Teacher
Bronze Qualification

Reading & Writing Skills

Winmalee, NSW 2777
Dyslexia, English, Special Education. +1 more View less.


Reading and Writing Skills (RAWS) provides specialist teaching support for school-aged children experiencing difficulties with reading, writing and spelling.

Who may benefit from our service?

1. Children with a learning difficulty in reading or writing.

Your child may have completed a formal educational assessment with a psychologist, school counsellor or speech therapist to ascertain this information.
Your child or a close family member may have a diagnosis of dyslexia.

2. Children who are not making expected progress in reading or writing.

Your child’s teacher may have provided you with information via a school report or conversation to indicate below average achievement or limited progress.
You may be concerned about your child’s progress despite being told by teachers that he or she is ‘fine’. Parents know their children.

What services do RAWS offer?

• Initial assessment

The initial assessment will involve a literacy specialist assessing your child’s reading and writing skills.
The assessment process may be different for each child because of the differences parents have for accessing RAWS.

Prior to selecting and implementing assessments for your child, our literacy specialist will gain an understanding of your concerns and needs.

• Weekly individual lessons (50 minutes)

Your child will attend a session with a specialist teacher for 50 minutes each week.

Each session is individualised for your child and utilises the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP).

DALP is a multisensory programme and uses a systematic approach covering the following five areas:
• phonemic,
• coding subskills and coding pattern attack,
• punctuation and syntax,
• suffixing, and
• phonological awareness.

Independence and confidence are nurtured by encouraging children to think about how they learn and how their new skills can be used at home and school.

Meet our Literacy Specialist

Kristy is a highly experienced primary teacher with specialisation in providing strategic literacy support for dyslexia and literacy. She has over twenty years of experience working in various educational roles and settings. Most of her experience has been spent teaching as a classroom or learning and support teacher in public and independent schools in New South Wales and overseas. Outside of school service, she has provided individual tuition for primary and secondary students, supported young people and adults with disabilities to find employment, and case managed adults in the criminal justice system.

The diversity of these experiences illuminated the importance of functional reading and writing skills and the implications for those who do not attain these skills. Consequently, it was the culmination of these experiences which compelled her to develop the skill set necessary to open ‘Reading and Writing Skills’ (RAWS), a service to provide specialist teaching support for those experiencing literacy-related difficulties.
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