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Founded by Valerie Gent, Let's Eat! Feeding Therapy is a Newcastle based Private Paediatric Feeding intervention service for babies and children from birth to adolescence.

Feeding difficulties in babies and children can be very stressful for parents as well as their child. The goal of Let's Eat! is to empower the family to be able to understand and respond to the feeding difficulties their child may present with. Treatment is clinic based but home and school visits can be arranged with an additional travel fee.

The team at Let's Eat is passionate about feeding difficulties, we love working with families in a practical and team focused way.

We look forward to working with you too!

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Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy13 hours ago

Do you know what I love most about our team? Their strong desire to learn and keep increasing their knowledge in paediatric feeding.

Every Tuesday, our team has individual professional development sessions with me. These training sessions focus specifically on their learning objectives.

Every Thursday, we meet again for individual supervision sessions to review their upcoming clients therapy session plans.

Both days help grow clinical reasoning skills and build feeding therapists who confidently manage their caseloads. I know my team value these times with me and I’m honoured to be part of their early careers and clinical growth. I often make jokes about how I want them to contact me when THEY are 41 years old to tell me how their careers have tracked.

Ps- do you want to know Saffron is doing? She is increasing her knowledge of cervical auscultation. A swallow test commonly used to assist our feeding assessments. We were reviewing the work done in this area by Dr Thuy Frakking (amazing Speech Pathologist) and one of my research supervisors (who is equally amazing) Dr Kelly Weir.

Check out the RCT in cervical auscultation journal article here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27402004/
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy4 days ago

I wonder how you feel when you are eating at a restaurant and you see a child at another table watching their iPad or reading their book and not engaging with their family?

Before you shame or judge them, I wonder if you can be curious about how that iPad or book might be supporting them to regulate and eat their meal in what can be a very over stimulating environment?

Let’s be more open and understanding about neurodivergent children and support their families to feel safe and secure in putting accommodations for their child so they can all enjoy a meal without judgement from neurotypical people.

#traumainformed #neurodivergence #letseatfeedingtherapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy7 days ago
There is nothing more joyeous than asking a family who is going on holidays overseas in the next few weeks...

“let’s talk about food on the plane and food when you arrive in your home country for your child (on the autism spectrum)”.

knowing that these experiences can be one of the most challenging things for families on holiday. Will their child be able to eat anything?

And hear a parent say-

“I think we are good! We have worked in feeding therapy on building my child’s acceptance of different types of bread, hot chips and pasta. I think if the meal is bread/hot chips and meat, he will eat it.” 👏

Supporting children on the autism spectrum with social inclusion in feeding therapy using a bigger lens that helps families confidently go on holidays and share experiences with the knowledge that their kid will be fine! 🙌

I love my job and my team! Val #letseatfeeding #letseatfeedingtherapy

Ps- Are you wondering about the black bread?

It’s not for feeding therapy. It’s the regular rotation of breads in my house with my kids (yes I practice what I preach). We rotate from white (their favourite) to brown (rye) and black (charcoal) and all of the variances in between (chia, spelt, wholemeal etc). It does challenge my kids but as they said - “it tastes like fresh sourdough bread - just in a black colour” 🤣
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy2 weeks ago
I was recently contacted by a QLD colleague to share her study with you on feeding difficulties.

If you have time, please consider it. Your child needs to be aged between 12-24 months and doesn’t need to have a feeding difficulty.

The study is not linked with me or my business, I’m just sharing it because the more participants they get, the stronger the results.

Happy long weekend! Val

Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy3 weeks ago
Our Paediatric Feeding Postgraduate workshop has sold out 70% so far with only 10 places left in the face-to-face option so jump online if you want a place- there is only 2 months left!

Why we are excited about this workshop?
We hear time and time again that it’s hard to get experience and PD in paediatric feeding. Our responsive feeding workshop guides new clinicians step by step using multiplie videos to teach you how to do a feeding assessment and therapy program.

The intermediate workshop guides clinicians through complex cases including children on the autism spectrum, children with tube feeding and children with complex diagnoses.

So come join us- 2 Speech Pathologists (based in Sydney and Newcastle) with close to 40 years of clinical experience in the industry who make learning fun, interactive and inspiring using practical case studies from our own private feeding practices.

More about our workshop can be found here- https://feedingtherapyaustralia.com.au/paediatric-feeding-workshops/

Have a lovely weekend,

Val and Debbie
Feeding Therapy Australia

#feedingtherapyaustralia #letseatfeeding #feedingkidssydney