Let’s take a chill pill with the healthy school initiative…. I am appealing to you as a Feeding Speech Pathologist and parent (with a personal story)

Let’s take a chill pill with the healthy eating initiative – I am appealing to you as a Feeding Speech Pathologist and parent (with a personal story). The media has been full of stories about junk food bans on lunch boxes and canteens with every social media opinion on top of that! Now I understand […]

Reducing the mealtime battles and fussy eating – ‘Division of responsibility’ (Ellyn Satter) in real life.

As you know I recently attended the 3 day Ellyn Satter Australian tour in early September looking at The Feeding Relationship and Eating Competence. The 3 days were great and I have preached her wise words particularly on the Division of Responsibility (DOR) for years. But I walked away with several questions running through my mind and […]

Tongue Ties – will it affect your child’s feeding skills and speech skills?

Babies with tongue ties (medically termed as “Ankyloglossia”) are one of the common referrals Paediatric Feeding Speech Pathologists get. They  are usually diagnosed at birth and regardless of feeding method, most mothers worry about the impact of their baby’s tongue tie on feeding and speech development. Source of picture: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM04660 Is it common? The incidence of […]

Fussy eater or Resistant eater, how do you tell the difference? My top 10 tips

I am often asked about fussy eaters in my practice, “Let’s Eat! Paediatric Speech Pathology”. It seems like everyone has an opinion on fussy eating and parents frequently feel like they have to trawl through the internet looking for strategies before seeking any professional help. There is actually a difference between fussy eaters and resistant eaters. […]