Hills District Speech Therapy is now providing paediatric feeding assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents.

What do we offer?

Telehealth Feeding Assessments

Clinic-Based Feeding Assessments

Feeding Therapy

Parent Training

Multidisciplinary Services

Our Approach to Paediatric Feeding

At Hills District Speech Therapy, our feeding assessment and intervention services are underpinned by 5 key principles outlined in the NSW Health (2016) Guide for Feeding Difficulties in Children:

  1. Child Protection
  2. Family-centred Practice
  3. (Multidisciplinary) Team Approach
  4. Cultural Considerations
  5. Supporting Breastfeeding

Our therapists work collaboratively with and for the child, along with their family/caregivers. We work hard to ensure the child’s feeding needs are being met, the family’s cultural values are acknowledged in the therapy process, and that the mealtime ‘dance’/experience is a positive one for all involved. We also work alongside other professionals – general practitioners, paediatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, lactation consults and psychologists to ensure the child has been comprehensively assessed and parental concerns around feeding have been heard and adequately addressed. We also offer where and when possible, individualised parent education and training to ensure a supportive mealtime environment is created for and with the child.

Our therapists use a range of strategies from several intervention approaches, with most approaches underpinned by Ellyn Satter’s Division of Responsibility.

 

“Successful feeding demands a division of responsibility. Parents are responsible for the what, when and where of feeding; children are responsible for the how much and whether of eating.”

– Ellyn Satter

More Information

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network have a wide range of factsheets available to health professionals and caregivers on a range of topics. Check out these helpful handouts below on infant and toddler feeding:

Fact Sheet: Breastfeeding

Fact Sheet: Baby’s First Foods

Fact Sheet: Fussy Eating in Toddlers

Fact Sheet: Healthy Eating for Toddlers