FEEDING THERAPY SESSIONS
"Children on the spectrum can be assisted to overcome selective eating and related sensory difficulties through the introduction of fun, playful and simple food related activities"
Selective eaters, food aversions and sensory issues are common in children with ASD, which can lead to dinnertime meltdowns and nutritional deficiencies, affecting growth and development. Through our food therapy sessions, we assist kids & teens on the spectrum to overcome some of their sensory difficulties and restricted eating practices by introducing them to a range of fun food-related activities. Our sessions provide a low-pressure fun sensory experiences that can help children to become comfortable and confident with trying new foods, reducing mealtime stress and increasing independence.
HOW CAN FOOD THERAPY SESSIONS HELP MY CHILD?
Food therapy sessions may be beneficial if your child:
Is a fussy/selective eater
Limited or restricted food intake (less than 20 foods)
Eats different meals to the family
Difficulty with different food textures
Gagging or vomiting when eating
Frequent mealtime battles & meltdowns
Aversion to whole food groups
Is underweight or overweight
HOW ARE SESSIONS STRUCTURED?
A one-hour initial consultation is the starting point for sessions, during which we will discuss any concerns or behaviours with parents and carers, working collaboratively to set realistic feeding strategies and goals for you and your child.
Feeding Therapy Sessions are then planned around the child's identified goals. Sessions run for 1 hour and can be run in your home for ease and comfort for your child or in-clinic. We bring all equipment and food and work with your child on various activities. This may vary from food play to preparing a food or meal, depending on the capabilities of the child. Example sessions include introducing a range of vegetables through food play, to preparing a food with varied textures.
Sessions are always interactive, messy and fun, with lots of discussion about the foods being introduced. Children are encouraged (without pressure) to try the food they make - with them often trying foods they previously rejected.
The sessions are designed to be progressive, building on previous sessions, allowing children to feel comfortable with new foods, textures and tastes.
HOW ARE SESSIONS SCHEDULED?
To ensure regular sessions, we offer therapy sessions in blocks. Depending on your child's needs, sessions are booked weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, allowing you to block out the same date & time each week. At the end of the block we will assess if further sessions are required. Some children may not need any further sessions, while others may need more than one block of sessions.
HOW DO I BOOK SESSIONS?
You can book online, or give us a call and we will be able to provide further information and organise a time to meet with you.