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Founded by Valerie Gent, Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology 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! Paediatric Speech Pathology4 hours ago
You know way back when I registered for Fahscia, my speech pathology registration would only allow me to work in communication difficulties with Autism spectrum disorder- not feeding. I appealed and was denied on the basis that feeding difficulties was not linked with ASD. I pulled my registration and refused to be a fahscia provider. Parents spoke with their feet and continued to see me even though their child’s sessions were not funded.

Research like this goes a long way in continuing to make a case for the strong link between ASD and feeding. Now we need continued evidence based studies supporting feeding therapy in the ASD caseload. Something that truly speaks to my heart.... one day it whispers, one day...

Summary of article- “Williams says the study data show that atypical eating behaviors may help diagnostically distinguish autism from other disorders. Even though children from both groups have unusual eating habits, they are seven times more common in autism than in other disorders according to the study data.

“This study provided further evidence that these unusual feeding behaviors are the rule and not the exception for children with autism,” Williams said. Read more here....

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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 days ago
Fun food science activities to try with your child this year. How impressive is the food dye shirts?
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Get smart with your scraps!
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology4 days ago
School holidays can be very overwhelming for some kids and the pressure on parents to run around and book into fun activities is intense and expensive!

I wish we had more training in the community so experiences like this could be more common.

Parents- week 1 of holidays is done- I hope you are all doing okay and if your child does have a sensory meltdown, ignore the world and anyone who judges your child- they don’t understand. Focus on “being” with your child in their moment of sadness and frustration. Validate their feelings, breathe with them, reassure them and “be” with them. Do what it takes to help them (even if it means lying down on the floor!!) and you get through it. You have got this dear mama! 🙌

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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology6 days ago
Texture! And the impact of different food textures on your tongue (aka sensory taste palate) is something I talk about all the time in my feeding clinics with fussy eaters and delayed oral motor kids.

Here is a great article by speech pathology researchers if you are interested in this topic as much as I am.

“We’ve known for a long time that individual differences in taste and smell can cause differences in liking and food intake – now it looks like the same might be true for texture,” said John Hayes, associate professor of food science. “This may have implications for parents of picky eaters since texture is often a major reason food is rejected.”

Link- https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/sensing-food-textures-is-a-matter-of-pressure/?fbclid=IwAR0EleHlH3iX7IfRI6k7kABqCN4eEGooAgKh1PRWsma7QjA-1TAbgmBWNyg
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 weeks ago
Cooking in the kitchen

What I do is no magic secret with helping children to eat a wider variety of food.

It’s common sense and back to the kitchen stuff.

My goal is to empower kids to explore foods at their pace. I help them by analysing their sensory palates and then teach them to broaden their diets in small sensory steps.

Sometimes it’s a bit of strategy but sometimes kids surprise me in their own exploration and ideas.

This week, a super cool kid who loves giving me “fun food facts” took a deep relaxing breath and sighed in my kitchen. He looked up and smiled- saying- “I love cooking in the kitchen with you. I love opening your cupboards and coming up with yummy meals.” 💕

On his suggestion, we took the leftover egg (after brushing some pastry) and made scrambled eggs- which he ate for the first time and rated 10/10. This was after roasting pumpkin (another 10/10 rating by him) and making Indian samosas (our goal food being meat)- 4/10 rating.

I loved that he directed us and would have loved to spend another hour with him in the kitchen!

So my take home message here? Bring your kids into your kitchen. Use what they love and see if you can create a new recipe. It can be as simple and basic as they are ready for.

Put some music on, make some mess and create lasting food memories with your kids. You never know- like this super cool kid- your kid might just surprise you too!

👨‍🍳 🍳 🥚 Val - let’s eat speech