How to Deal with Fussy Eaters

How to Deal with Fussy Eaters

It can be highly stressful dealing with overly fussy and irritable children at mealtimes.

If your child:

  • eats a reduced range of foods
  • is restricted in their food acceptance
  • Is not getting their required nutritional intake

Then there are options available to help you get support to reduce their fussy eating tendencies.

Our Child First qualified Occupational Therapists have been running a 12-week Fussy To Fun group aimed at fussy eaters and feeders.

This group is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 5 who have fussy eating tendencies resulting in a restricted diet. Our participants have had lots of fun exploring new foods and textures and becoming more comfortable with their mealtime routines.

One of our qualified therapists can assist you with assessing your child and providing strategies that reduce mealtime stress.

Fussy To Fun Program

Who’s It For?

We assist children and their families with the following mealtime and feeding difficulties:

  • Fussy eaters
  • Messy eaters (more than expected)
  • Irritable behaviour at mealtimes
  • Difficulty with mouth closure and tongue movements (oral motor skills)

* Family mealtime management and routine support.

Kids Fussy to Fun Eating and Feeding Program

What’s Involved?

Specialised Equipment

We have specialised adaptive equipment to assist in your child or baby feeding and swallowing appropriately. This may include adaptive cutlery, plates and providing advice on appropriate seating.

Progress Tracking

Tracking progress helps you and your child remain motivated. Standardised and non-standardised assessments and observations are used to track yours and your child’s ability to accept and tolerate new foods and to manage mealtime routines more effectively.

Tailored Program For Your Child

The program runs for 12-weeks and are tailored to the needs of your child. Examples of possible input are:

  • Family mealtime strategies and input – this could involve home visits and visits to daycares and/or pre-schools to provide advice
  • 1:1 therapy based upon the SOS approach to feeding
  • Involvement in Fussy To Fun groups with other children also based on the SOS approach
  • Parent coaching
  • Referral to other services including qualified dietitians, psychologists and Speech Pathologists who work in the paediatric feeding sector.

Our Qualified Team

Swallowing and eating difficulties can often manifest into a speech problem later in your child’s development.

Early intervention with our Speech Pathologists can assist to prevent speech difficulties in your child’s early years.

Our Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists work closely together where necessary to ensure each child is supported through this important aspect of their daily needs.

Contact us today for more information about our next Fussy to Fun group.

Child First Therapy Team


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