Eating is a skill that develops over time and Speech Pathologists (Speech Therapists) study how we develop this skill using the anatomy of our mouth and throat to chew and swallow safely. As with learning any new skill there are many factors (e.g. opportunity for learning, adaptions, wellbeing) that support this skill to develop. Speech Pathologists teach others how to eat safely and with enough nutritional variety to ensure optimal health and wellbeing.
Having both worked in the area of paediatric feeding for almost 20 years, Rachel and Nicole carry deep knowledge and understanding of children's feeding development and what can lead to some of those "fussy" mealtimes behaviours you may be experiencing. They have collectively helped 100s, possibly 1000s of families, have happier and more successful mealtimes with their children.
Rachel and Nicole use a responsive feeding therapy approach that is flexible, prioritises the feeding relationship, and respects and develops autonomy.
Why Choose Us for Stress-Free Mealtimes?
As speech pathologists, we specialise in understanding how the mouth, throat, and eating and drinking work. We focus on comprehending how your children eat and identifying potential issues when they're not eating well.
Fussy Eating Goes Beyond Recipes
Fussy eating is not just about finding the right recipes. Other factors, such as senses, experiences, and even medical needs, impact how children eat. At Learn to Eat, Love to Eat, we take a holistic approach, supporting parents and carers to have a deeper understanding of what might be going on for their child, while teaching a framework that supports more positive mealtimes and encourages new food learning and fosters a healthy relationship with food.
Responsive Feeding Approach for Mealtimes
We use a responsive feeding approach to build a trusting relationship between the child and the person feeding them. This approach empowers children to understand their internal cues for curiosity, motivation, skills, and confidence and shows respect for a child's decision, communication, personal space, body, and sensory needs.
Parent Education for Mealtimes
Parent and carer education is a critical component of our approach. Without a clear understanding of how to support their children during mealtimes, success can be limited.
Find out more information on the values and principles of responsive feeding here.
Recipe of Mealtime Success
Combining years of experience and knowledge from various feeding courses, we have developed the "Recipe of Mealtime Success" framework. We use this approach as a solid foundation for learning to eat a range of foods or addressing specific feeding areas.
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