Tutoring for Special Needs Students Melbourne

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Tutoring for students with special needs, learning difficulties or disabilities in Melbourne

Targeted face to face and online private tutoring for children and adults

We create personalised Maths and Literacy learning programmes for:

  • Neurotypical students
  • Neurodiverse students
  • Students with ADHD
  • Students with complex communication needs who use AAC.
  • Students with dyscalculia
  • Dyspraxic students
  • Students with intellectual disabilities and global developmental delay

In addition, we provide educational support for parents. This can include curriculum writing and development, advice and strategies for the home. Whatever your needs, we can create the perfect learning programme for your child.

Multi-sensory, evidence-based learning programmes that are targeted to each student’s particular needs

Educational therapy for plan managed and self-managed NDIS participants

Sessions delivered by a qualified, professional and highly experienced special needs teacher

Let our expertise boost your child’s confidence and skills.

Let us help your child achieve their potential today.

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Read some of our testimonials

Kristy has been a “sliding doors moment” for our 9yo ADHD/Dyslexic/Dyscalculia daughter.

I can speak to the obvious, which is that our daughter instantly warmed to her, engages SO well during the sessions, learns so much, and feels celebrated at every point throughout her sessions with Kristy.

But the happy side bonus to all of that? Kristy teaches in a way that celebrates differently wired brains, not just through Kristy’s natural ability to do so … but because she has dedicated her career [and studied extensively re: differently wired kids] to teaching our kids information they *want* to know [but can’t always understand in a mainstream setting].

And the happiest side bonus from all of that? Our daughter has gone from being told she may need to repeat her grade, to now being in the top 3% of her grade [we cried when we received her school report].

Kristy has been the best investment for our little family: we don’t care for “top 3%” type stuff to be honest — all we wanted was for our daughter’s self-esteem to improve, and for her to stop coming home from school in TEARS and saying “I am so dumb” and “I hate myself” [heartbreaking and heartwrenching for ANY parent].

Thanks to Kristy, she now realises she’s different, NOT less [and simply learns differently to others].

We have our happy little girl back, and she is such an engaged learner, and understands maths in a way that celebrates her unique brain 🙂

Mother of 9 year old child with Dyscalculia, Melbourne

Forging Roots offer a free trial which I found handy as its all about connection for my child. And a patient tutor she is, and will pull out all the stops to ensure your child is taught in a way that they understand. In a short space of time my child’s engagement and confidence has increased, teacher is noticing a difference. Four sessions with the tutor my child received student of the week because my child started to put their hand up due to new found confidence. My ASD child has a S.L.D.

Mother of grade 4 student with ASD, Melbourne.


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We offer bespoke, specialised private tutoring tailored to suit your child’s special needs. Our programmes and sessions cater to your child’s particular strengths and areas of development. Appropriate, individualised support helps your child reach their full potential in life.


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Forging Roots Education is founded by a learning difficulties specialist. We are up-to-date with the latest curriculum and methods of learning. Our programmes and sessions are carefully planned and organised. This ensures that your child will feel appropriately challenged yet supported.


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Developing a good relationship with students is paramount to their success. We create a happy, safe and nurturing environment because it lets your child feel valued and inspired to learn. A warm, approachable, patient and understanding teacher gives your child the confidence to thrive. We work collaboratively with families because we value strong communication between teacher, student and parent.

Build strong roots for learning

We work to establish a strong foundation of skills, knowledge and confidence in your child. This will ensure that the building blocks for their future learning are secure. We then extend these foundations to enable your child to become a lifelong, independent learner and reach their full potential.

Why choose us?

High Quality Specialist Tutoring

  • Targeted one-to-one support from a specialist special needs tutor
  • Flexible learning catered to your child’s preferred learning style
  • Ambitious with high expectations
  • Meticulous assessment of your child’s learning that picks up on misconceptions in their knowledge
  • Progress is reviewed regularly
  • Advice on practical strategies to support learners in the home

Effective Teaching Strategies

  • Effective, appropriate and evidence based teaching strategies
  • Strength-based approach, positive feedback and encouragement to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem
  • Multi-sensory learning and practical based sessions that are fun and engaging
  • Concepts are broken down into small, manageable steps
  • Language and vocabulary around Maths and English is taught and explored

Educational Progress

We will inspire and develop a confident and secure student, motivated to learn and excited by their education ahead. Our extensive experience in teaching students with learning difficulties means we are able to pinpoint where difficulties lie in your child and the steps needed to address them. This ensures that they make the very best progress and grow in confidence, as well as ability. We will support your child to gain lifelong strategies that can help them cope with their learning difficulties.

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Special Needs Tutoring in Melbourne

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About Us

Kristy (B.Ed, M.A) is a qualified and highly experienced special needs teacher who has over 18 years of teaching experience in the U.K and Melbourne, Australia. Kristy specialises in teaching students with learning difficulties such as neurodiverse students and students with neurological disorders. She also specialises in teaching neurotypical children with difficulties in literacy and mathematics.

ABN: 56560180433

Working with Children Check: 2129452A-01

Australian Tutoring Association (ATA) membership number: 20210032