Food School and Dietetics

SOS feeding

Sequential-Oral-Sensory Feeding Therapy is a non-invasive program that teaches even the most difficult eaters to expand their range of accepted foods. This is achieved through purposeful food play and education that supports your child in developing the necessary skills to engage with new foods.

SOS feeding therapy is unique and effective as it addresses the underlying issues causing your child’s feeding problem. This includes factors such as sensory processing challenges, oral motor skill development and nutritional deficits.

SOS feeding therapy uses a family approach. As such, you will be an active participant in helping your child overcome their feeding difficulties as your feeding therapist coaches you through SOS strategies.

Feeding Assessment

The first step to effective feeding therapy is to identify underlying causes. A multidisciplinary feeding assessment, and comprehensive report, with our allied health team looks at:

  • Oral motor skills and risk of swallowing problems (i.e. If your child’s mouth muscles are functioning the way they need to in order to eat all food textures);
  • Sensory processing and motor skills (i.e. how your child’s body processes sensory information and if they are over or under reactive to any senses that cause an automatic defence reaction to perfectly safe foods);
  • Nutrition adequacy, deficiencies, risks and growth patterns (i.e. if your child is still growing well and managing to get the nutrition needed for healthy development).

Following the assessment, we offer individual or group therapy to develop skills in learning about and trying new foods. The feeding program runs with a parent coaching component that helps families implement changes in the home to promote transfer or learning and trying foods to the home environment.

Dietetics

Our clinic offers a full nutrition support service with an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD). We assess many conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Healthy growth establishment
  • Fussy eating
  • Behavioural conditions: Autism and ADHD
  • Food Allergy and Intolerance management
  • Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. coeliac disease, diarrhoea/constipation)
  • Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)
  • Clinical conditions requiring specialised diets

Nutrition Assessment

A typical nutrition assessment involves your child’s height and weight being measured. You will then be asked to recall your child’s usual daily intake. Where possible, you may be asked to bring in a 3-5 day food diary to increase the representation of your child’s diet across the week. We then discuss the management plan for your child’s diet to promote optimum health outcomes. This will be done with reference to your health goals for your child.

Nutrition Intervention

Therapy sessions can be provided tailored to the needs of your child/family. Sessions could include:

  • Family nutrition education
  • Teen cooking therapy
  • Body image education
  • Diet/Menu planning activities
  • Family style meal therapy

Remote Nutrition Analysis

Many parents worry about whether their child is getting enough nutrition for health and development. The media stresses the importance of iron, omega-3 and protein in a child’s diet. There seems to be conflicting advice in the media about what nutrients to focus on. At The Therapy Place, we understand that parents are busy and need peace of mind.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD), is offering a remote dietary analysis for busy families who want to identify possible inadequacies and deficiencies in their child’s diet. A 3-day diary will be emailed to you. You can email photos of the complete diary with your child’s age, height and weight. An analysis and initial recommendations will be emailed back within 2 weeks. This contactless service is claimable under NDIS.