Autism spectrum disorders

At Coach House, we believe learning should challenge and extend kids, whilst at the same time make achievement possible and within the reach of disadvantaged students. We know that the key to successful teaching and learning is to first enthuse kids in the topic. And this is critically important among children who struggle with the symptoms of autistic spectrum disorders, sensory processing and attention problems.

Both Andy and Ally have solid experience teaching students with learning disabilities, physical and intellectual disabilities, attention disorders, medical conditions that affect their learning and various other special needs. We’ve taught truly gifted students, low literacy students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Ally also has expertise teaching students who’d never set foot in a school until the age of sixteen. She has worked in Indigenous Australian education in Katherine, in the Northern Territory, where she delivered literacy programs for students whose ages ranged from eleven to eighteen (all in the same class).


Teachers MUST commit fully if dyslexic students are to master the skills and gain the confidence they need to reach their potential. Our tutors know there is no short cut to mastery. It takes effort, lots of reading, research, curriculum writing and practical application.

Coach House is staffed by a husband-and-wife teaching team, and because we’re personally invested in the business of helping kids overcome learning difficulties, we are committed to making the extra effort required to see results. We love working with students who struggle with dyslexia, because time and again we see them overcome.

Some of the supposed weaknesses of dyslexic students are actually their greatest strengths. For example, their lack of facility with spelling, reading and writing is often a product of their status as highly logical thinkers. When you’re trying to learn an often illogical language, it’s understandable that these kids struggle. Whether your child is diagnosed as dyslexic or exhibits sub-clinical symptoms, we have the teaching tools and experience to ensure that they are not held back by these challenges.

There are very specific methods in place at Coach House that enable us to work optimally with dyslexic students. Many years of research have gone into formulating best practice, and we’re currently developing educational resources that put that research into action. The key approaches underpinning our teaching are synthetic phonics, explicit instruction and structured inquiry, combined with patient revision, repetition and mastery learning. It’s a winning formula that we have seen deliver strong results over the years.

We know that all students can learn and improve and believe the right to reach their potential should always be protected and facilitated by teachers who genuinely care for them as people.

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