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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 Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy1 day ago
Always lovely to fundraise for this amazing cause. Thanks @Early Start Speech Pathology and @Ability Focus Occupational therapy for joining us again this year.

Listening to Rachael from @hope in a suitcase describe the situations in why she is called to support with suitcases and backpacks, Ash and I were reminded that this time more than any is a time to reach out and help. It could be as big or as little as you like- whatever you can do.

Reach out everyone- knock on the door of a neighbour and drop off some groceries or just stay for a cuppa and a chat. Human connection is so important.

Happy Thursday

PS- thank you to my connect bible study for also contributing. Your immediate offer to help was so appreciated.
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy3 days ago
CALL OUT for help!

Therapists and parents- have you found a good social story that helps kids understand the concept of chewing with their mouth closed?

Downfall of teaching a child to chew is that years of speech therapy has taught her all about good oral placement and chewing strength but with her mouth open! But hey she did amazing- her mum weaned the PEG and she is now 100% oral.

So now the next step... social manners with eating.

I’ve looked at Teachers Pay Teachers and general online sites and haven’t found anything. Would LoVE a cute animation video that captures her interest and injects fun and laughter.

Not sure if my dream video or even social story exists? Keen for your ideas

Ps- isn’t Michelle from Full House adorable!
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy1 week ago
It’s getting to that time of the year when parents and therapists are exhausted (not to mention the kids too!) and after a very long week at Let’s eat, Ash and I have been feeling it.

And then this regular patient of mine walks in. The feeding therapists who attended our feeding workshop a few weeks ago will recognise his face. He started with 2 brand specific purées (he has ASD) and a bottle with me in December 2018. It was his hard work and his mother’s perseverance that led to yesterday’s session.

This mother persisted- fortnightly sessions, Telehealth through COVID and even when her younger son was sick- she would cancel her older’s son session and book a catch up session. She worked so hard.

They worked through different purées (commercial) then home made- fruit- Vege-meat. Worked on cup drinking and straw drinking. Weaned the bottle (it’s been 6 weeks!). He is now brushing his teeth twice a day (he did not brush his teeth when we first met- he had so many oral sensory issues) and yesterday -

he ate a vegemite bread roll!!!

Look at him- holding that mirror, focusing so hard on chewing and moving his tongue. Learning to chew is so hard when you start to learn this skill at 5 years.

This family is not the only family on our caseload with such dedication and persistence. There are many who turn up to clinic every fortnight with the same level of dedication.

To all the parents and therapists- it’s beams of rainbows like these that remind us like a quiet whisper...... keep going- you have got this.

Our Let’s eat week is finishing on such a bright note- thank you little one. You reminded me why I do this day in and day out. 🙏🏻

Xo Val

PS- thank you beautiful mummy for giving me permission to share this photo.
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy1 week ago

We only run these cooking clubs once a year and every year, they prove to be super popular. So if you would like your child to

1. Cook with us
2. Explore food with us
3. Be in the journey of food learning with peers
4. Have a parent group session to problem solve feeding issues at home

And be supported by a
1. Feeding therapist and Speech Pathologist - Ash from Let's Eat! Feeding Therapy
2. Occupational therapist from Ability Focus Occupational Therapy

Then join us on 21st January 2021. Privately message us or admin@abilityfocusot.com.au for more details.

Let's Eat! team
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy
Let’s Eat- Feeding Therapy2 weeks ago
Spent last night speaking to some wonderful early childhood nurses and Dieitians with my good friend Dr Jane Watson from Ethos Health.

Thanks Michelle from @Nestle for asking us to speak!

Jane shared this great website which I had to share with you- https://preventallergies.org.au/

Have a great weekend! Val