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FEEDING THERAPY SESSIONS

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"We provide evidence-based and practical nutritional advice that best suits our clients specific needs and abilities. We work alongside parents and caregivers to provide them with a better understanding of their children's nutritional requirements and develop healthy eating plans that fit their individual needs."

WHAT IS FEEDING THERAPY?

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At Be Well Nourishment, we follow the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding. This evidence-based program focuses on helping children with a limited diet become comfortable trying new and different foods as well as how to eat if they don’t know how to chew or manage food in their mouth. The program integrates posture, sensory systems, motor skills, behavioural skills, social/emotional development, and nutritional impacts. The SOS approach is a fun, family- centred program that involves exploration and creative play.

 

Selective eating, food aversions and sensory issues can lead to food refusal, dinnertime meltdowns and nutritional deficiencies, affecting growth and development. Through our feeding therapy sessions we work with children, teens & adults to help them overcome their restricted eating practices by introducing them to a range of fun food-related activities and strategies. Our sessions provide a low-pressure, fun experience, that can help them  become comfortable and confident with trying new foods, reducing mealtime stress and increasing independence.

HOW CAN FEEDING THERAPY SESSIONS HELP MY CHILD?

Most children go through fussy phases. But, if mealtimes are an ongoing cause of stress, your child may have a feeding problem. Feeding 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

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WE PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR:

  • Autism related feeding issues

  • ADHD related feeding issues

  • ARFID

  • Disruptive mealtimes

  • Poor eating habits

  • Reduced food variety

  • Difficulty transitioning to solids

  • Growth concerns

  • Chronic constipation

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HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR CHILD?

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We offer a variety of tailored solutions to support kids on the spectrum, which involve a combintation of feeding therapy sessions, nutritional consultations, and meal planning, including:

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We work with our clients to assist them in the planning, development, and reporting of their feeding goals, including:

  • Provision of assessments & general nutrition advice

  • Supporting healthy growth and development

  • Supporting fussy/selective or resistant eating

  • Supporting healthy weight management

  • Increasing comfort around the introduction of new foods

  • Improving confidence around trying new foods

  • Increasing the number and variety of new foods into the diet

  • Improving mealtime enjoyment

  • Improving mental and cognitive health

  • Improving energy levels

  • Improving behaviour & emotions

  • Improving digestive issues like constipation

  • Supporting meal planning, preparation and cooking skills

  • Supporting budgeting & gocery shopping skills

HOME, KINDER & SCHOOL
BASED SUPPORT

We offer at-home, daycare, kindergarten, and school based feeding therapy support to our clients in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.

We currently have limited availability, contact us to find out more. 

IN-CLINIC SUPPORT

We offer in-clinic feeding therapy support to clients from the Little Footsteps Children’s Clinic, located in Macleod, Melbourne.

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TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS

Feeding therapy can be provided effectively online through Telehealth appointments (video and phone). We provide Telehealth for assessments, as well as feeding therapy sessions across Australia & around the world.

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WHY WORK WITH US?

Our goal is to educate, inspire and enhance our clients understanding of nutrition, using easy to implement strategies, to allow them to take control of their own health and make positive changes.

We work with parents and carers to create nutritional plans and strategies based on their children's individual needs and requirements, creating easy to follow meal plans that the whole famiy can follow! As well as encouraging healthy eating through our tailored feeding therapy sessions.

We work alongside other therapists involved in supporting your child, including Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, and Physiotherapists,  providing a supportive and holistic approach to your childs care.

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