Ruth Barker – ‘The Kid Specialist’ is a Play and Learning Specialist and a Montessori Facilitator who works with children from toddlerhood through to six years of age and is a literacy and mathematics tutor for school aged children.

Ruth specialises in preparing Montessori environments for all children from toddlerhood to formal schooling and assists those with developmental delay or learning disorder - having worked with ADD, ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy Chromosome 17q Deletion, Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Gross and Fine Motor Delay, Hearing Impairment, Language Delay and Disorders, Mild Form Cerebral Palsy, Rubenstein Taybi Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders and Speech Delay.

She is a consultant for childcare professionals, caregivers and parents. She has experience as a web and magazine columnist and as a presenter on many development, play and learning topics for both professionals and parents alike.

Ruth works from The Hut Child Development and Family Learning Centre - Possum Creek - Northern New South Wales of via email or Skype consultation.

Ruth Barker has a Social Science Degree - Child Development and Family Studies and a Montessori Preschool Diploma. With thirty years experience she is a confident advocate for childhood development.

Ruth is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with a paediatric interest and is a proud member of the Australian Tutoring Association and is a student member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Ruth is also, a former Citizen of the Year, a Pride of Australia Medal runner-up and twice awarded in 2016 and 2017, with Academic Excellence in the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the Chancellor of Southern Cross University.

Contact Ruth to book a consultation at The Hut or via Skype.


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Also available is a beautiful collection of first cooking, art and play materials for your child to encourage sensory exploration and movement. It is sensory exploration and movement that leads to the neural growth within the human brain.  Beautiful tools, specifically chosen for this purpose. And if you need a little encouragement - it's all in The Parenting Five - Sensory Motor Play for Little People book!

Spur on your child's speech and language development through pretend play, with these useful themed products and beautiful Baby Morris Board Books, that were especially designed to promote speech and interaction through punchy story lines and quality images.


Ruth has a second business called 'A Little Polish'

A Little Polish assists people with the decluttering and decoration of home and business environments.