Our Affiliates

Affiliates are like-minded practitioners who own independent businesses to us, but operate out of our hub. If you are interested in their service you will need to contact them using their contact information below.

Paediatric Dietitians

We are pleased to announce that Deb Blakley, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Director, runs a satellite clinic out of one of our rooms in North Lakes.
Kids Dig Food offers specialised nutrition and dietetics services dedicated to helping kids and families enjoy mealtimes together, with friends and in their wider community. Kids Dig Food has been based in Brisbane and Moreton Bay regions since 2013.

We support children with disabilities, with or without NDIS funding”. And if possible, please add the We LOVE NDIS logo I provided next to or near this statement. I’ve attached it again to this email.

We help children who:

  • Are fussy, picky or difficult to feed, or have limited food variety
  • Have struggles with food due to Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and sensory processing challenges
  • Consistently and persistently refuse food or selectively exclude whole food groups
  • Appear to be disinterested in food
  • Have growth or weight concerns (under or overweight)
  • Have nutrient deficiencies, constipation or special diets e.g. vegetarian
  • React to food (suspected or diagnosed food allergy or intolerance)
  • Have food refusal and food aversions related to a history of food allergies or intolerance

We help parents and carers:

  • Feel supported and confident with feeding their picky eater.
  • Improve family mealtime and feeding dynamics between parents, carers and children to prevent and correct feeding problems and counterproductive feeding practices.
  • Help parents feed their child with special needs inclusively, in the context of the family.
  • Ensure that their child is getting adequate nutrition for their age and development.
  • Manage concerns about their child’s weight using a weight-neutral, non-diet approach.
  • Start solid foods for infants and help children to eat developmentally appropriate textures.
  • Adapt meals to be suitable for children with food allergies.

Deb Blakley, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Director

Deb delights in supporting grown-ups (parents, carers and educators) to positively and joyfully connect or reconnect with food and eating. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian & Nutritionist who is passionate about kids learning to love food from birth and beyond. Deb’s experience spans 20+ years as a Dietitian, including 10+ years in paediatric and family nutrition. Deb uses Ellyn Satter’s feeding dynamics models to support families to re-establish successful feeding relationships and she is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Deb believes that ALL bodies are amazing, and she applies a weight-neutral, non-diet approach in supporting kids to grow into the bodies that are right for them. Her approach supports parents, carers, families and educators to make decisions about nutrition and health from a place of care and consideration rather than control. Deb’s other job is Mum to a feisty tween daughter.

Deb values collaborating with her clients’ wider health care teams so that everyone is working together to support you, the client!

Welcome to Advanced Tutoring 4 You

Here at AT4Y we are passionate about helping children to achieve the best they possibly can. We believe all children deserve the best opportunities to achieve their goals regardless of any challenges they may have when they start their learning journey.

We see every student as unique and therefore tailor our programs to suit the ability and learning style of each student. All tutoring is delivered one on one and changes to suit student’s needs as they progress. Our learning environment is also flexible and offers different options for students who struggle with a standard classroom set up.

Our programs focus on teaching students the foundational knowledge that is needed for literacy and numeracy. We also teach parents the skills they need to help their child on a day to day basis. Our learning environment is open, friendly and adaptable. And in our classroom our motto is: There are no wrong answers, just more work for us.

About our principal Tutor Christine Newton

Christine Newton, first started tutoring primary and secondary students in her second year of university. At that time, she only tutored English as she was majoring in Journalism and Spanish. she went on to teach creative writing and Spanish for TAFE’s Community Education Program. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree and went on to complete a master’s degree in English literature, working with acclaimed Australian authors and poets, such as David Malouf (author) and Pam Brown (poet). She also studied grammar as part of her MA.

Understanding grammar is a critical component of reading, writing comprehension. As well as private tutoring, she started working in a school teaching literacy to students in grades two and three as an intensive program based on a few different currently used literacy programs. She also ran workshops teaching grammar to teachers. Unfortunately, many teaching degree programs do not teach or teach incorrect grammar. Subsequent to this, she began a graduate degree in teaching and learning, but found she preferred to be in literacy, and more recently numeracy, because there were so many children in the school system who were struggling with the foundational concepts that are necessary for successful literacy and numeracy; especially students identified as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectually Impaired or having learning difficulties. As a result, she enrolled in a graduate degree in psychology.

The program is developed using Christine’s experience of over 20 years of tutoring, experience working in the school system and an understanding of how the brain learns. As a result, the way we teach is different from the approach used in schools. Since starting using the program, there have been significant improvements in every student. Christine is now working with Griffith University’s Work Integrated Learning program to develop an online literacy program and will then be developing an online numeracy program.