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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 Pathology19 hours ago
On the NBN news recently, I was struck by a wonderful woman called Rachael Clancy who has started a very simple and powerful initiative- Hope in a suitcase

As therapists, we often see children who have been placed in foster care. It never occurred to me that these little kids left homes without very much (it’s obvious when you process it but wasn’t at the fore front of my mind). As a mum myself, my kids have always had their little suitcases to pack their toys and favourite clothes for holidays. Yet there are so many kids who don’t have this.

So reaching out to my fellow Allied Health private practitioners, we decided to start our own little suitcases to donate to this cause.

In the coming weeks leading up to Christmas, you will find a suitcase at the following practices with a little poster with what age and gender they are packing a suitcase for. If you can, please add something even if it’s something small. At the beginning of December, we will group together our suitcases and give it to Rachael from @bringinghopeinasuitcase.

And if you are a private practice, please feel free to comment and join us- the more the merrier. In the spirit of Christmas and the power of small businesses, let’s come together to achieve something special for little people.

Thank you to

Ability Focus Occupational Therapy- OT

Aim High Nutrition- Dietitian

Early Start Speech Pathology- SP

Ethos Health- Jane Watson, Dietitian

Kerrie Baker- Clinical psychologist

Kids Physio Newcastle- Marney Leeson, Physio

Little Star Speech Therapy- SP

Small TALK speech therapy - SP

Ladies please feel free to comment on the suitcase you will be collecting or leave signage at your practice with a suitcase of suggested items. I’ve placed Rachael’s suitcase of suggestions in the comments to help spread the word.

I will be collecting for a little newborn girl with Jane Watson. We both have boys in our families and a little pink suitcase sounds fun!

Thanks everyone xo 🧳 👶 Val - #letseatspeech

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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology5 days ago
Empathy before Education. 💖

It’s easy to make assumptions about families who have children with feeding or fussy eating difficulties. 😢

But think about it- every parent wants to eat well and wants their child to eat well. They don’t deliberately set out to create the feeding issues that their child has. Every parent wants their child to eat a wide variety of food, to be healthy, to be the right size for their genetic make up and most of all, every parent wants mealtimes to be happy. 🥙🍝🍲

So before you begin telling parents “what they have done wrong”- “what they need to do to FIX the situation”. Why not, sit down and take the time to listen- wait- listen more and then take the time to truly understand their journey.

Because if you do, not only will the parent feel listened and understood (and not judged), you will also have the empathy and gratitude to know how best to take the first step for this family who may be feeling so scared to open up. Empathy in your clinic will make you a much better therapist and only then will you be able to truly make a difference.

Have a great weekend everyone xo Val #letseatspeech #fussyeating #feedingtherapist
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology1 week ago
I am so excited to share some wonderful news with you.

In January 2020, Ashleigh O’Loughlin, an experienced feeding speech pathologist will be joining the team.

Ashleigh is currently living and working in Katherine, Northern Territory. She is originally from the Central coast and graduated from Newcastle University.

I originally met her during the Let’s eat mentoring program where I mentored her in paediatric feeding for 12 months in her current position. I was impressed with her high level problem solving and team work skills. We remained in touch and the photo below is from the Melanie Potock workshop that I hosted earlier this year.

Ashleigh has experience working with babies with breastfeeding/bottle feeding difficulties, children with fussy eating, toddlers gagging on lumps and children with difficulties chewing with a range of children in both urban and remote settings. She has also worked with tube fed children and children in foster care.

Ash is passionate about infant feeding and working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Ash’s focus is working with clients and families to celebrate and build on their strengths

She will start full time in January 2020, appointments will be offered to everyone on the waiting list first before we open it up further.

There will also be one other change, in January 2020, we will be moving to another premise to enable both Ashleigh and I to work in the same clinic. The lovely Speech Pathologists Early Start Speech Pathology have kindly opened their Wallsend clinic and kitchen space to our Let’s Eat Team. As many of you know, I already work quite closely with the Early Start team; this will be a lovely continuation of support for all of our families.

I would like to thank Ability Focus Occupational Therapy . For sharing their space with me for the last 2 years. I will miss working with the fantastic OTs when we make the move over Christmas this year. We will continue to work closely together and host our holiday cooking clubs in January.

But with new changes come wonderful things, I can't wait to have Ash's enthusiastic, fun and dedicated personality at Let's Eat Speech Team. Current clients have already been notified of the changes and the waiting list will be contacted later this year to begin booking in appointments.

Have a wonderful week xo Val #letseatspeech #feedingappointments #newcastlefeedingtherapy
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology1 week ago
If you’re heading to Sydney for our feeding workshop in March 2020, giving you the heads up that Jetstar have some awesome deals (just check that it covers the travel period of March 2020).
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Let's Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology2 weeks ago
Today is World Mental Health day! 🧠 💕

Do you know what I wonder? How come having a cold or virus is okay to tell people about. But having depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, PTSD is something we keep hidden?

Brene Brown is one of my favourite people to listen to. She challenges all of us to have the courage to be imperfect. To be vulnerable and open with our own issues. Because it is only when we are vulnerable, that we can become authentic in who we are. And being self aware makes us kind to our own struggles and kind to struggles of others.

So today, I wonder if we could all have one conversation with someone we see. A conversation where we dare to be open and vulnerable. A space where that person can feel safe to be real and understood. A safe space for another parent, a fellow colleague or child who is truly struggling with life.

I wish you a day with lots of courage and kindness xox Val #worldmentalhealthday #vulnerability #kindness