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Feeding mentoring

Paediatric Feeding is an area that is hard to get support in – Attending a “once off” feeding course gives you a glimpse of the theory but without the practical knowledge of how to put it into practice – this can be stressful when you are then expected to get back into clinic and manage complex patients.

Clinical paediatric feeding mentoring with Val will give you the chance to breakdown the theory into understandable pieces of information – how does it sit in the bigger picture? You will be able to run through assessment forms with Val (or better yet use her forms) before you see your patient. And then run through what you saw with Val and discuss how this fits with the child’s overall feeding difficulties.

During your mentoring sessions, Val will help you plan your feeding sessions and structure long term goals. This mentoring will start by holding your hand but then help you to be able to problem solve feeding cases on your own. This will benefit you, the patients you see, the families you support, the organisation you work in and the bigger Speech Pathology profession.

What do you get?

  1. Face to face time with Val to discuss your feeding cases – over skype or the phone
  2. Support with how to run a feeding assessment: what to ask the parents, what to do with the kids/babies/toddlers, what foods to observe, and how to tell what’s normal and what’s not?
  3. Val will help you with planning your therapy sessions including your clinic layout, data taking, feeding equipment, therapy summaries for the parents and even what foods you might use with your patient.
  4. Resources will be shared and feeding programs discussed
  5. You can also email assessment reports to Val to read and review before sending it to the parent.
  6. Better yet – you could video your patient’s session to review with Val during your skype sessions
  7. If you are local to Newcastle, you are also welcome to come meet Val in person for the session

Feeding mentoring is rare and Val is a highly skilled clinician with a busy paediatric feeding practice – she does this stuff everyday. Make feeding PD your goal for 2018 and stop worrying about your feeding cases late at night. Give yourself the time to discuss your cases, gain the knowledge and feeding support to become a more confident and competent Paediatric Feeding Speech Pathologist.

Mentoring case studies could be any of the following:

  1. Extreme fussy eating related to special needs
  2. Restricted eating and food refusal
  3. Developmentally normal fussy eating
  4. Mealtime family dramas and high anxiety for both child and parents
  5. Difficulties with breastfeeding (with the support of a local Lactation Consultant)
  6. Difficulties with bottle feeding including difficulties sucking, poor weight gain, fatigue
  7. Oral feeding aversion with starting solids
  8. Gagging on lumps – chewing difficulties or slow transition to mixed textures and finger foods
  9. Delayed oral motor skills
  10. Babies and children with tongue ties.
  11. Feeding sensory related issues
  12. Drooling/saliva management concerns

Or alternatively, you may just want assistance with how to run feeding assessments and plan therapy sessions. Newcastle has been an NDIS site for the last 3 years Val is happy to coach you through the feeding related issues with patients under NDIS.

Ready to get started? email me (valerie.gent@letseatspeech.com.au)  to register your interest and I can send you the information package. Then we can book your first skype session –Looking forward to meeting you!