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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 Pathology12 hours ago
How do I spend my rainy Monday night? (Thank goodness soccer training is cancelled!)

Justifying to NDIS (with evidence and documentation) that

1. Feeding therapy is a branch of speech pathology

2. NDIS funds feeding therapy

3. Funding for thickeners and nutritional supplements is deemed “reasonable and necessary” as per the AAT

4. Feeding therapy is not provided by OTs only, in fact when reviewing all the feeding programs available for fussy eating- 4 of them have been written by speech pathologists!

We are in fact thanks to the amazing work of Dr Dodrill, Dr Marshall, Dr Weir and Dr Frakking, leading the field in evidence based feeding work - all by Australian Speech Pathologists. 🙌🙌

I’m proud of my work in paediatric feeding, speech pathologists are doing amazing work with helping children with feeding difficulties and I refuse to let an NDIS planner tell a family that feeding therapy is “sensory” based and should be done by an OT not a speech pathologist.

See the second diagram- feeding is more than just sensory- it encompasses medical, motor, psychology and organisational abilities. It takes a team to help a child- not just one discipline.

Let’s be super clear in our speech pathology feeding reports with pre and post data - we work in feeding and are bloody amazing at achieving positive outcomes for our families!!!

🍅🥦🌽🥕🥒🙏🏻 Val - let’s eat speech

#feedingtherapyisteamwork #letseatspeech #ndisfeedingtherapy
Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology
Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology5 days ago
Carrot cooked 4 different ways in a session with an adorable boy ...

For some children, the texture of cooked carrot pushes them a bit too far in their sensory food acceptances. But slightly cooked (eg steamed for 60 sec) is okay.

And of course chewing wise- it’s easier to chew and swallow grated carrot if your chewing skills are not 100% while carrot sticks thickly cut might be just too fatiguing on your chewing muscles.

Encourage your child to explore “what makes this yummy” so that they can learn how different cooking methods, different sauces and different ways of serving can actually change their “yummy” rating from 5/10 to 8/10 🙌

This little boy likes cucumber sprinkled with a tiny bit of salt after our cucumber exploring session 🥒

For your child- it might be
🥕 how it looks- cooked carrot looks different to raw carrot
🥕 how it feels (on their hands)- squishy- dry-wet
🥕 how it smells (cooked carrot smells different to raw)
🥕 how it feels in their mouth to chew- the shard like of raw carrot vs soft squishy cooked carrot
🥕 how it tastes (raw carrot is a bit more earthy than cooked carrot which can taste a bit watery or sweet? )

There is no right answer and what feels “right” to you might be “not so right” to them. But take them on the journey of exploring foods so they don’t just shut the door on that food and say “I don’t eat carrot”. They might if they learned different ways of exploring it so it tastes yummy to them!

Ps- sometimes giving them your stories (eg I am okay with raw cherry tomatoes 🍅 but I love roasted cherry tomatoes) May just help them feel brave because they know you also learn about foods and have gone through a similar learning journey too. 🙌
Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology
Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 weeks ago
There is nothing better in the world than seeing little children explore, cook and eat fruits and vegetables. 🍎🥦🥕🌽🥒

Every year I run a Food revolution morning at my son’s school and without a doubt, my heart swells with excitement when little people taste new foods and smile in pleasure and confidence as they eat something new.

This is my son’s final year at his school and after 6 years, I will miss our Food Revolution days!

Thank you to beautiful children who so bravely become food explorers, to all the parent volunteers who help and to the amazing teachers who give me the time and help to run these days. thank you to Woolworths Kotara who always supports us with these groups.

Have a safe and restful long weekend everyone xo Val

#letseatspeech #foodexplorer #cookwithkids
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 weeks ago
Sometimes in life I’m like a kid bursting with excitement.... because after many requests, I am so excited to share this ‼️SAVE THE DATE ‼️with you!

My dear colleague (Debbie from @feedingkidssydney) and I are hosting our own 2 day practical feeding workshop next year in Sydney. 🙌🙌

This came about because we see so many therapists attend course after course but struggle to piece it all together in a cohesive way that focuses on the child’s strengths and the family’s goals. In our mentoring sessions- we see our mentees have so many light bulb moments that now we want to spread that “theory to practice” knowledge with you! 🙌

🙎🏻‍♀️🙍🏾‍♀️Who are we?

Debbie Alvarez runs her feeding practice in Sydney and I run my feeding practice in Newcastle

Both of us are Speech Pathologists who have busy paediatric feeding practices with waiting lists.

Between us, we have 35 years’ experience in feeding difficulties.

We have worked in acute care, disability, community health and private practice.

💻🎙What are we presenting?

Two days jam packed with real paediatric feeding clinical case studies, strategies and top tips that can be implemented straight away.

We will share and discuss feeding cases that we see every day. Videos, interviews and therapy sessions.

We will share our experiences with putting all the theoretical knowledge we have gained from professional courses into clinical practice.

What we do works in our feeding clinics and we can’t wait to share it with you!

📕📗📘📙Who is this aimed at?

This workshop is aimed at therapists working in private, education, disability and health sectors.

Stay tuned for another parent focused workshop coming up- Saturday 21st March 2020. 👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👦‍👦

We would love it if you shared this amazing first time workshop with your colleagues. In the coming weeks, we will share registration details.

See you in Sydney!

🍎🥒🥕🥐🍗🥪 Val Gent and Debbie Alvarez
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 weeks ago
My younger son’s school encourages parents to think laterally about birthday cakes- the options can be as easy as you like- popcorn, muffins etc.

But for me as a foodie mum, the challenge was set- enter my edible food art (I’m not very creative so this was so fun) with little fresh fruit orange juice jelly cups for the kids to eat. Sometimes it’s fun to play around and thank the heavens for Pinterest which helps me every time!

PS- it’s an octopus, fish, dolphin and turtle - my kids couldn’t work out what I made 😂

Xo Val #letseatspeech #sensoryfood