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Tutoring with therapy dogs

Tutoring with therapy dogs

During each private tuition session, our tutor, with encouragement from their therapy dog, works through pre-determined learning goals while building a relationship of respect and trust with the student. This relationship goes a long way in helping the young person overcome limiting beliefs and anxiety about learning. The student's mental health and well-being improves and they build a  passion for their education.

We aim to be as flexible as possible to support the student's needs. These weekly sessions can run at the school (School Principal permission must be sought before electing in school sessions), in the home or at a neutral location such as a community centre or library. Sessions can be held during school, after school and possible at weekends.

Individual tutoring is $222.00 per session (inc. GST)

Bookings are confirmed once the client receives their session times.  Clients may be charged an administration cancellation fee of 20% of their original booking costs if a booking is cancelled after this email is received.

What is covered in sessions?

  • Student learning outcomes are addressed in innovative and fun ways.
  • Mindfulness exercises support young people's internal growth.
  • Effective study techniques help kids make the most out of their homework time.
  • Interpersonal skills allow young people confidently relate to others.

Student transfer to a new tutor

It is normal in Canine Comprehension for students to be transferred to a new tutor. This usually occurs at the commencement of a new term and may be due to the previous tutor finishing up with the company, tutor leave or a timetable clash.  We understand that such situations can trigger feelings of anxiety, helplessness, abandonment and loss in our young people. We acknowledge that this is particularly significant for people who already have experienced traumatic loss. In case of student transfer to a new tutor, you can expect the current tutor to:

  • Let the student know, face to face at least two weeks before sessions end.

  • If they know the new tutor, the current tutor will talk to the student about the new tutor and their dog.

Closure of services for a client

Closure of our services for a student can occur in situations, including when the learning goals of the referral have been achieved, when funding is no longer available when clients decide to move on. We understand that such situations can trigger feelings of anxiety, helplessness, abandonment and loss in our young people. We acknowledge that this is particularly significant for people who already have experienced traumatic loss. In the case where the closure of our services is anticipated, you can expect the tutor will:

  • We will let the student know of anticipated closure at least two weeks before the sessions cease; when possible.

  • The tutor and student will celebrate achievements.

  • The tutor will give the student a CC Mascot to remember us by.

Individual private tutoring cancellations

We understand that there are times when the young person must miss an appointment due to emergencies, COVID Isolation or other obligations.  To avoid cancellation fees Canine Comprehension requires a minimum of 12 business hours notice.  It is the responsibility of the primary contact to inform Canine Comprehension of the cancellation within this time window to avoid being charged.  Should the appointment not be cancelled within this time frame, full fees apply to the unused session. 

The client or representative must text 0421 490 188 and fill in the cancellation form to avoid being charged for the session.

Cancellation form 

If a young person is late to their scheduled appointment, the missed time will be forfeited. If a student arrives more than 30 minutes late the tutor is unable to begin that session. Clients will be charged at the commencement of the session.

Change of session

We cannot guarantee that a change will be possible, this will depend on the tutor's availability. If the change is possible the client will be charged a $22.00 Flexi charge to cover administration costs.

Late fees and further action

After some time, if an account is still outstanding, the debt will be transferred to debt recovery professionals or legal action may be commenced immediately adding legal costs to the account. If this account remains unsettled, substantial further charges for interest, recovery and legal costs will be sought and may be awarded by the court against the debtor.  

How do I book?

Filling in the below form will start the referral process and our admin team will be in contact.  We often have a waiting list. Priority will be given to those who have submitted the forms, rather than simply made contact with us.

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What Parents/Carers Say About Individual Tutoring

Our young people who have experienced trauma, find it particularly difficult to establish relationships and build trust.  One of the beautiful things I have observed is the bond that grows between the child and the dog and of course with Sarah.  The young people don't feel judged or intimidated by the dog and find it easier to talk and open up.  This in turn helps them to build self confidence and enhance their relationships with others.

One of the most valuable out-comes our children and young people get from working with dogs and Sarah, is the 'space' that Sarah creates that enables them to learn.  Working with the dogs helps them to find a calm state, a 'space' in their over-active brains for new information to be processed.  Traumatised children and young people find it difficult to absorb and process new information.  Interacting with the dogs, together with the mindfulness practices used by Sarah, allows our children and young people not only to engage with learning, but to experience success in learning and to discover that learning can be fun.

- Guilla Digiglio - Mackillop Family Services

Young people don't feel judged or intimidated