Resources for Professionals
If you find yourself hearing about stressful mealtimes with the families you support, you have come to the right place!
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Helpful Online Resources
Feeding and child development:
Raising Children Network For information on child development, parenting, mealtimes and nutrition.
RCH Guide to foods. Baby's first year Information for introducing solids to your baby and the progression of solids until 12 months of age.
Ellyn Satter Institute For information on ages and stages, nutrition and growth, family meals and feeding problems.
The Family Dinner Project Lots of ideas and resources for fun, food and conversations at mealtimes.
Information if you have concerns that a child has more than typical fussy eating:
Typical and Problematic Feeding and Mealtime Behaviours The Royal Children's provides a list of examples of typical or problematic feeding behaviours.
Feeding Matters This organisation provides, information, support, and resources to support children with Paediatric Feeding Disorder. Their Feeding Questionnaire is a great tool to help identify problem areas. They also have a helpful Service Directory.
Responsive Feeding Therapy Pro is a collective of experienced practitioners from multiple disciplines, committed to providing high-quality professional development and training to those working with children who struggle with eating. Their White Paper on Responsive Feeding Therapy: Values and Practice is a great resource for anyone supporting a child who is struggling at mealtimes.
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“Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense” By Ellyn Satter
Widely considered the leading book involving nutrition and feeding infants and children, this revised edition offers practical advice that takes into account the most recent research into such topics as: emotional, cultural, and genetic aspects of eating; proper diet during pregnancy; breast-feeding versus; bottle-feeding; introducing solid food to an infant's diet; feeding the preschooler; and avoiding mealtime battles.
“Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage by Stage Guide to Setting your Child on a Path to Adventurous Eating” by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock
Paediatrician Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock (aka Dr. Yum and Coach Mel) know the importance of giving children the right start on his or her food journey—for good health, motor skills, and even cognitive and emotional development. In Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater they explain how to expand a family’s food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes.
“Helping your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders” by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin
A family doctor specialising in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child's nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for both child and parent) using the clinically proven STEPS+ approach.
“Anxious Eaters, Anxious Mealtimes: Practical and Compassionate Strategies for Mealtime Peace” by Marsha Dunn Klein
Internationally known feeding therapist Marsha Dunn Klein draws on her own food learning experiences and her years of experience working with anxious eaters to share practical, proven and compassionate strategies for parents and professionals working with anxious eaters.
"The Whole Brain Child" by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
While not specifically about mealtimes, we highly recommend this book to parents, to help them feel better equipped to nurture their child's developing mind. Strategies in this book, help children to develop emotional regulation skills, which is important for mealtime success.
"But I'm Not Hungry for my Dinner" by Valerie Gent
This picture book is is written by an Australian Speech Pathologist for children aged 2-6 years, it is perfect in helping parents and children navigate the preschool challenges of fussy/picky eating. It promotes responsive feeding strategies.
Want more in-depth learning?
Our workshops are a great starting point and refresher on "HOW" to help families get mealtimes back on track, even if you are not a feeding therapist or a speech Pathologist, we focus on mealtime connection and mealtime routines and how to support families in a way that works best for them.
If you are looking to grow your knowledge beyond your training (e.g to learn more about feeding assessment and therapy), Here are some of our favourite feeding gurus that have helped us be the feeding therapists that we are today.
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