Reading and Writing Skills

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

Our Services

Who may benefit from our service?

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 dyslexia.

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

  • A literacy specialist will undertake an initial assessment of your child’s reading and writing skills.
    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:

    1. Phonemic
    2. Coding subskills and coding pattern attack
    3. Punctuation and syntax
    4. Suffixing
    5. 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, school and in community.

Our Tutor

Meet our Literacy Specialist

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 Dyslexia Guild
Australian Tutoring Association (ATA)
The British Psychological Society
NSW Education Standards Authority
Office of the Children’s Guardian


In the short time our daughter worked with Kristy, we saw a huge improvement in our daughter's skills and attitude toward literacy. Kristy provides a caring and supportive environment and always adjusted her approach to meet the needs of our daughter. She happily worked with both us and the school, ensuring a wholistic approach could be achieved.
Tutoring with Kristy has made an enormous difference to my daughter Holly. Before starting her weekly sessions with Kristy, her spelling was poor and her confidence in her academic ability was low. Under Kristy's gentle guidance, she is now one of the top spellers. She is happier and more confident in class and is very proud of her new skills.
We had the pleasure of Kristy working with our daughter, Brooke, for four years. Kristy helped Brooke to be more confident and taught her in such a way, that it made sense not only to Brooke, but to us, as parents as well. She always puts the students' needs first and explains everything perfectly. We highly recommend Kristy if your child needs a little helping hand.
Andrew and Amanda

Contact Us

Where is RAWS located?
RAWS is located in Winmalee. Sessions are held in a purpose-built studio on Kristy’s property. Please contact RAWS for address details.
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