Free Learning About Food Placemat

You can get your free copy of this tool that Rachel uses in feeding therapy to help children learn about new foods. Just select “EAT” and enter your email address and we’ll send you your copy to your inbox today: Free Speech Parent Placemat (tick EAT)   Print it off, laminate it and then head over to Speech Parent on Facebook to let us know how you used it! https://www.facebook.com/SpeechParent/ Some tips for how to use it are here: Here’s the link again. Don’t forget to tick the “EAT” box so we send the placemat straight to your inbox: Speech Parent Free Placemat              ...

Hope for parents of picky eaters

It’s on again! Transforming Picky Eaters into Peaceful Feeders – the parent workshop with a twist. After a sell-out workshop event last year we are once again opening the doors to help you learn how to stop table tantrums, manage mealtime meltdowns and nourish your child who struggles to eat or refuses foods. Trying to parent a picky eater is exhausting and nerve-wracking. And being forced to eat is frustrating and distressing for children. We want you and your child to find joy in sharing meals together and for your child to enjoy the nutritional benefits of eating a wider variety of tastes and textures. If you are ready to learn how to help your child, our “Transforming Picky Eaters into Peaceful Feeders” parent-training course has been designed specifically for you. This course provides a comprehensive and evidence based approach for parents to develop the knowledge and skills they need to support their picky eater to develop successful feeding skills. The course is also suitable for carers and teachers. Let us help provide you with the knowledge and skills you need so you can start moving from stress and frustration towards long term feeding success for your child. Friday 20th May 9am-2:30pm at Chatterbugs. A delicious morning tea and lunch and all learning materials are included. Because the workshop is personalised and hands on it is strictly limited to a 12 participants. Tickets are only $197 per participant (payable a minimum of 7 days before the event) To reserve your seat, BOOK NOW before it sells...

The importance of customer feedback

We are lucky in Toowoomba to have a wide variety of medical and allied health services that deliver excellent care, but none of us can improve if we don’t get feedback. We’ve had some new families choose us to help their children recently and these parents have commented on how different our service was to some other health services they had experienced in other locations. I hope that the experiences they relayed were rare experiences but the feedback they’ve provided on our service has helped us to know how we can continue to improve our service. We encourage families to provide as much feedback as possible to their health service providers because we know from firsthand experience that it makes a real difference and often if there’s an issue there’s a simple solution we can easily put in place if we only know there is a problem. Sometimes people only provide feedback when they have a complaint to make so were were extremely grateful to these clients for providing feedback on the things they loved. This helps us to know what to keep doing or to do more of. Here are 3 things we are continuing to focus on at Chatterbugs because our clients love it: 1. Parents get the answers they need. One mother related how with many medical and health appointments she feels like she answers a barrage of questions from the professional but that then her questions don’t get clearly answered in return. She said, “I love Chatterbugs’ Simple Steps Plan that outlines exactly where are are, where we are going and the first steps to get there.” For every new assessment...

Help your child learn to eat (and enjoy!) vegetables

        I came across a really interesting new study this year investigating how parents can help their children learn to eat a disliked vegetable. They compared the following five groups: A control group that didn’t get any intervention Parents presented the vegetable every day Parents presented the vegetable every day and modelled eating that vegetable (i.e. the parent ate it in front of the child) Parents presented the vegetable every day and praised/rewarded (with a non-food item) the child for “trying” it Parents presented the vegetable every day, modelled eating it and praised/rewarded the child for “trying” it   At the end of the study significant differences in liking were found between the experimental groups. Liking was highest (>60%) in the modelling, rewards and repeated exposure group and the rewards and repeated exposure group, intermediate (>26%) in the modelling and repeated exposure and repeated exposure groups, and lowest in the control group (10%). This tells us that repeated exposure to a disliked food, modelling and rewarding eating behaviour can potentially increase children’s vegetable consumption. So the key message is that although your child “doesn’t eat/like” a specific food it doesn’t mean they never will. Keep exposing them without forcing, model eating it and praise/reward if they make an attempt. In summary, here are 3 simple steps to helping your child learn to eat a food they currently dislike: Present the food regularly Model eating the food Praise/reward any attempts to touch, eat or interact with the food Here’s the link to the article if you are interested in reading more: ‘Why don’t you try it again?’ A comparison of parent led, home based interventions...