Many children can struggle to become competent eaters. Parents often find meal times frustrating and stressful. Our Dietitian Jodie
Sheraton is an accredited SOS feeding consultant (‘Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding’) which is a therapy for fussy eaters & problem feeders. Working with Jodie you can expect to experience a more positive interaction with food and establish mealtime routines and cues to eating, increase your child’s range of foods they will touch, taste, try and in turn lead to increased variety and volume of foods.
The ‘Food-Play-Eat’ program will support children become competent, confident and courageous eaters. It is a 3 month intensive
program where Jodie will work with the parents to teach their child to eat at a pace that respects their readiness to progress through
eating various textures and meet their nutritional requirements for growth.
Children who would benefit from our Food-Play-Eat program include any:
- Child who has a low volume of oral intake
- Child who has poor weight gain
- Child who has a limited variety of tastes and textures
- Child who has difficulties transitioning to advanced textures
- Child who has problem behaviours around eating
- Families who power struggle at meals
Jodie teaches children the skills they need in order to eat a wide variety of food types and textures using the natural, social
reinforcement of playing with the food and interacting with adults as positive role models. You as the parent will experience a
increased confidence, skill and understanding when feeding your child.
Food-Play-Eat 12 week Program includes:
- Initial Assessment – based on meal time / eating development history.
- Initial feeding / meal time competency assessment.
- 8 weekly sessions of Food School Learning: lessons and observations (parent and child) – together establishing home sensory preparation routine, meal time routine, eating competency and parent/child division of feeding responsibility model.
- Foods chosen for the home Food School Learning sessions are based on the individual child’s needs and will progress through the 32 steps to eating competency.
- Growth measures collected and evaluated where required.
- Referral to other feeding practitioners where indicated (if your child has complex feeding difficulties) such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychology and a list of accredited clinicians can be provided to you on request.
- Final session on feeding / meal time competency and evaluation.
Now is the time to introduce life-long healthy eating habits for your child and whole family.
Contact Optimum Intake on 0499008451 or email [email protected].