NUTRITION FOR AUTISM

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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."

Nutrition for autism can help support autistic children and teens by providing a nutritious and balanced diet, helping to contribute to their capacity for learning and processing information, as well as managing behaviours and emotions. However, this can be a challenge for kids with ASD as they often have sensory challenges that lead them to avoid certain foods, have restrictions on what they eat, as well as poorly developed motor skills that make it difficult to sit through mealtimes, leaving them at an increased risk of being nutrient deficient.

HOW WE CAN HELP

We work with kids and teens with ASD to support healthy growth and development, providing them with healthy eating strategies to address sensory needs, as well hands on cooking experience. Our goal is to help our clients to become more varied eaters, have harmonious mealtimes, and establish regular nutritious meals.

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We assist with:

  • General nutrition

  • Poor eating habits

  • Growth concerns

  • Reduced food variety

  • Disruptive mealtimes

  • Food literacy and preparation skills

NDIS SUPPORT

We are able to provide services to NDIS clients who are self-managed or plan-managed. 

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

  • Provision of dietary assessments & general nutrition advice

  • Identifying nutritional gaps

  • 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-BASED SUPPORT

We offer at-home nutritional consultations and food therapy sessions to our clients in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.

 

These types of visits are often more comfortable for kids, as home is a safe and familiar environment, which allows us to better support them in building the skills they need in a familiar and comfortable setting. 

IN-CLINIC SUPPORT

We offer in-clinic nutritional consultations and food therapy sessions to clients from the Little Footsteps Children’s Clinic, located in Macleod, Melbourne.

We currently have availability on Tuesday's & Saturday's 9am to 6pm.

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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 food therapy sessions.

We often 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.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR CHILD?

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We offer a variety of tailored nutritional solutions to support kids on the spectrum, which involve a combintation of nutritional consultations, meal planning services, food therapy sessions, and group programs.

We provide at-home, in-clinic, or online services, including: