Feeding Therapy is now being run as face to face sessions back in our clinic in the Penrith area. We are running with COVID safe procedures in place.
What Are Feeding Therapy Sessions?
Along side being a Qualified Nutritionist, Chaya has also trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, a feeding treatment used by many Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists around the world, and whilst all feeding sessions are not a replication of the SOS methods, it utilises the same premise that exposure to a variety of sensory foods in a play based environment will give children the capacity to try new foods without fear.
All feeding advice and support is underpinned by Responsive Feeding methods, and the Division of Responsibility (sDOR).
Food Sessions are run in the form of therapy sessions run as week by week sessions.
We use play-style therapy to introduce 5-9 individual foods, in a manner developed to increase sensory awareness without discomfort.
Food items are selected based on your childs individual needs, so much preparation is involved to ensure each child experiences the most out of each session.
The majority of foods utilised are fruits and vegetables, but some packaged foods are necessary for oral motor assessment and session progression.
The foods included in the session may not be consumed to begin with, but exposing children to the sensory aspects of food in a specified format, in a relaxed and experimental environment, has been shown to increase acceptability of foods over an expanded period of time.
Food Sessions are recommended for young children who struggle to enjoy food and have a limited, accepted, variety of foods. Some children may have sensory challenges that prevent them from accepting family foods, or are not comfortable in a meal-time environment.
Food sessions may also include an introduction to cutlery and/or knife handling, and age appropriate hygiene practices.
We also have a lot of fun playing and exploring accepted and new foods to aid in teaching your child how fantastic food is and how incredible their bodies are, and most importantly, shifting a childs fear mentality to one of curiosity and enjoyment.
Seeds Nutrition is very sensitive to special dietary requirements and understands that all families do food differently, and this must be taken into account.
What is included in Therapy Food sessions?
At Seeds Nutrition, we understand that feeding challenges won’t just magically disappear. Changes and habit shifts in children take time and it is important to have support through this.
Walking alongside parents and carers as they navigate changes in foods and routines at home over the course of the Food Therapy sessions, is part of the Seeds Nutrition service to complement progress in sessions.
Therapy Food Session Package includes;
- All foods used in sessions provided.
- Family support after food sessions.
- Email support for parents.
- Report after assessment, containing recommendations and advice to support your child at home.
- Further recommendations as sessions progress.
How Can You Find Out More?
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