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Ruth Barker – ‘The Kid Specialist’


About Ruth

Ruth Barker – ‘The Kid Specialist’ currently works with extra needs children from four through to the teenage years as an academic mentor - whilst she completes a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University.

Ruth specialises in assisting those with developmental delay or learning issues - having worked with ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Chromosome 17q Deletion, Down Syndrome, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Global Delay, Gross and Fine Motor Delay, Hearing Impairment, Language Delay and Disorder, Learning Disorder or Disability, Mild Form Cerebral Palsy, Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder and Speech Delay.

Post a long and rewarding career working with children’s learning and development, Ruth remains as a consultant for professionals, caregivers and parents.

She’s an experienced author - having sold thousands of copies of The Parenting 5 world wide in the past six years, a web and magazine columnist and a presenter on many development, play and learning topics for both professionals and parents alike. She’s also the author of The Baby Morris Board Book series - a fun series that encourages mum and bubs to play!

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

Ruth is a proud member of The Australian Tutoring Association and a student member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

She 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.

Please engage Ruth for your writing or speaking requirements.

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


The Hut - Child Development and Family Learning Centre


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

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!


Want to book a consultation with Ruth at The Hut or Via Email/Sykpe?

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