Meal times often present challenges for parents, regardless of their child's age or developmental stage. Your child might exhibit selective eating habits, resist sitting down for structured meals, or struggle with the motor skills required for eating, gravitating towards easily consumable foods like purees and liquids.

At our Feeding clinic, we have Speech Pathologists who specialise in addressing these specific feeding challenges faced by children and parents. Our therapy sessions are designed to be interactive and play-based, providing a stress-free environment for children to explore food.

Recognising that children thrive and learn best through play, we prioritize creating a playful and enjoyable atmosphere to encourage food exploration and engagement during every session and periodically in the group sessions we run. 

Our target audience for our feeding clinic is as follows: 

Fussy Eaters

Children who exhibit the following behaviours:

  • Prolonged meal times
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • Selective about food textures, colours, tastes, or smells
  • Irregular eating habits, such as excessive snacking outside of mealtimes
  • Consistently consume fewer than 20 different foods

Difficulty feeding

Children displaying the following challenges:

  • Distress or agitation during feeding
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Drinking challenges
  • Struggles transitioning from bottle to cup
  • Encounter problems when introducing solid foods

What your individual support might will look like:

During your first session, expect your Speech Pathologist to conduct a comprehensive evaluation covering:

  • Observation of the oral muscles used in chewing, manipulating food within the mouth, and swallowing
  • Evaluation of preferred food textures, consistencies, colours, and varieties
  • Examination of fine motor skills in relation to feeding for exampled skills essential for handling finger foods, utensils, and cups

Once our Speech Pathologist has met you, and you both agree on what you would like to focus on during sessions. Your individual session may look like:

  • Engaging core muscles to promote a solid posture for eating through preparatory movement activities and games
  • Exposure to a progression of foods through play to promote the acceptance of new foods through sight, touch, smell, and taste
  • Incorporation of fine motor exercises involving the tongue, lips, and jaw to enhance coordination and strength of these muscles
  • Guidance and demonstration on utensil usage, food manipulation on the plate, and appropriate cup handling
  • Instruction and demonstration on meal closure protocols when finished eating