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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.

Valerie is passionate about feeding difficulties, she loves 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 Therapy3 days ago
Sharing a post from @familysnacknutritionist - this question comes up frequently in our sessions.

What phrases do you struggle with when talking about food in your home?
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Baby led weaning - have you considered it as a feeding method for your child? If so, have a read of what foods we recommend, what foods to avoid and a systematic review of the research.
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Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy2 weeks ago
It is such exciting news ... my kids book (with the super talented @kirrililonerganillustrator) is off to print today and will be released in June 2021. 🙌🙌
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We can’t believe it’s February already! We’re having another awesome week at Let’s Eat. I was bursting with pride after an appointment with one of my patients.

This 10 year old with Autism and Anxiety finds food so challenging. His anxiety means that he can’t even engage in conversations about food without shutting down - fight/flight mode!
We’ve spent time just eating preferred foods together, talking about similar foods and inching our way towards his goals.

Then this week - breakthrough! We had a really hard food on the table - carrot sticks and as he was about to pick one up he just paused. Then he looked at mum and I and said “see when I go to do this, my brain just stops.” This is the first time he has been able to articulate these feelings in therapy. After saying what he did, we just chatted about the carrot until his anxiety subsided. Then on his own terms, he just picked it up and took a bite. One bite was enough for him today but what a huge step.

WOW! this is the power of waiting, giving our children time and helping them to find the language to describe how they are feeling. 🥕 🥕 🥕

At Let’s Eat, we see lots of kids who are really anxious about foods and it looks different for all of them - it might be not talking, running away or crying. But we know where there is anxiety, we can help our kids to find their bravery and bravery beats anxiety any day!

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Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy3 weeks ago
Hi, I’m Laura and I look forward to meeting your kids in our Let’s Eat! clinic.

It’s tricky for little kids when meeting a new face so I thought I would tell you a bit about myself.

Prior to becoming a Speech Pathologist, I worked in the hospitality industry with texture food and fluid modification. Some of you may know that this is often done for children or adults with disabilities who have dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). Making food delicious regardless if it’s a purée (for an adult) or thickening it and chilling it so it’s palatable for a child is super important to me. I am excited to work in special needs as a Speech Pathologist now because my work history brings different insights to modified diets.

Fun facts for your child about me...

I have 3 pet chickens at home, Kora, Tweedle-Dee and Bunny. Yes, I have a chicken named Bunny.

And my favourite thing to do is go to Timezone!

Making sessions fun and exciting (while working on the hard and challenging area for your child with feeding) is something I know I strive to do in therapy sessions. When children are having fun, their brains are filled with the happy brain chemicals (serotonin) so hard things like tasting a new food can seem less scary- that’s the theory at least 😉

Here is to laughter and fun while nailing those feeding goals. See you in clinic soon, Laura