Learn to Eat. Love to Eat. workshops have been developed by speech pathologists, who have extensive experience in the field of infant and child feeding. As mums, they are passionate about sharing their knowledge to help parents develop good feeding habits with their children.
When Nicole and Rachel first became parents, they became aware of the volume of confusing and conflicting information available to parents about feeding their infants. Learn to Eat. Love to Eat. workshops provide trusted, practical information about eating development and mealtime behaviour, in a way that will help reduce stress at mealtimes and give parents confidence to help children learn to eat and enjoy a range of foods.
Speech Pathologist and Co-founder
Food on the floor, sticky hands, upside down sippy cups and puree on her work pants...and this was before she had her own child!
Rachel has worked passionately in the field of paediatric feeding for approximately 10 years. Her experience has been in hospitals and community settings supporting families who have children with feeding disorders and developmental delays. She has worked with, and been inspired by, paediatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers, neuropsychologists and dietitians. Working in multidisciplinary teams has contributed to Rachel's professional knowledge, showing her the many aspects of health and development that impact a child’s feeding skills.
Rachel believes her own greatest professional development occurred when she had her own child. She has experienced firsthand the difficulties of breastfeeding, the nerves and excitement of starting solids and the frustration of cleaning food off the floor and walls from a toddler with a tendency to throw food. Despite the mess, mealtimes in the Smith household are fun and they wouldn’t have it any other way!
Rachel is passionate about sharing strategies for enjoyable mealtimes with other parents, so they too, can feel confident and trust that their child is on the right path to healthy eating. Additionally, she has a secret of her own… She too, was a fussy eater!
Nicole Wu (nee Thompson)
Speech Pathologist and Co-founder
With over 12 years experience as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist, in special schools, community health and early childhood Intervention settings, Nicole believed that she was prepared for motherhood. She was wrong and is happy to admit it! Nothing could have truly prepared her for the journey that is being a mum. Whilst it has been an emotional, wonderful and, at times, gruelling journey, it has also been an incredibly insightful one.
One of the biggest insights, was that information may be easy to find, but it can be hard to digest, especially when you are a stressed and tired parent. She learnt that getting advice is easy, even when you don’t want it but getting trusted, practical information, at the right time, is invaluable.
When Nicole is not being a mum, she is working with children experiencing complex communication and feeding difficulties, particularly fussy eaters. She is passionate about parent/carer education, and has helped many families transform their mealtimes, even with the fussiest of eaters. Working closely with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians and psychologists has helped her to better understand the sensory, emotional, physical and behavioural elements to mealtime challenges.
Sitting down and sharing a meal with her family is now her favourite time of day. She is passionate about food and wants others to also find joy around the table. She has a toddler who fusses and throws, but it doesn’t stop mealtimes being fun.
Nicole is excited to be offering Learn to Eat. Love to Eat. to parents and caregivers. She hopes that by providing trusted information at a time when parents need it (and want it), will not only help parents enjoy mealtimes with their children, but also assist children develop a lifelong, healthy relationship with eating and food.
Nicole is also available for 1:1 consultation and therapy support for complex communication, feeding and fussy eating issues. Click here for more information:
Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding- Dr Kay Toomey
Mealtime Management- Dr Justine Joan Sheppard
Infant Feeding Foundations- Carly Vaness
Feeding Therapy: It’s just not all about swallowing-Melanie Potock
Integrated Treatment of Feeding, Speech and Mouth Functions in Pediatrics- Diane Barh
Management of Feeding and Communication Issues in Medically Complex Neonates and Infants: Pamela Dodrill- Mater Children’s Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital Speech Pathology Departments
Working Together to Achieve Breast is Best Seminar- The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Paediatric Feeding Education Program- Sarah Starr
Child Development and Behaviour:
Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
Family Partnerships Training- Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital
There’s a Traffic Jam in My Brain- Sensory Tools
It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words- Hanen
Introductory Infant Mental Health Training with Infants at High Risk- Berry Street
Applying Trauma-Informed Approaches in Early Childhood- Australian Childhood Foundation
Infant Sleep Seminar- Royal Children’s Hospital