Feeding Clinic Brisbane | ACU
Feeding Clinic – ACU Brisbane
Do you have a fussy eater? Is your child hard to feed? Are you stressed out at mealtimes?
The research shows you are not alone.–* The feeding clinic at Australian Catholic University’s Banyo Campus is ready to help.
Most parents think feeding their child should be easy – you sit down and you eat. And most of us believe if a child is hungry enough, they will eat.
These are myths that make parents feel inadequate if they have a child who is a fussy eater or difficult to feed. Social media doesn’t help either with its regular portrayal of perfect parents feeding perfect children.
Eating is complex
Eating is a very complex activity with more than 30 steps involved before actually swallowing. It involves every body organ and every muscle (one swallow takes 26 muscles alone), and it requires us to coordinate all of our senses at the same time. If any one of these things works a bit differently or is interrupted, then a child will choose to decrease their intake, limit their food choices or not eat altogether.
There is hope
ACU runs low-cost individual and group sessions for children aged 0 – 16 years. The clinic is run by occupational therapy and speech pathology students and supervised by qualified clinicians with extensive experience in the field of feeding.
Feeding help for big kids
The University provides assessment, education and therapy for all feeding difficulties. Children and their families are looked at together, considering seating and positioning motor skills of the body, hands and mouth; breathing; routines; sensory preferences and family dynamics to assess and treat feeding behaviour.
If your child is a fussy eater, the clinic offers help for those who take a long time to finish eating, refuse to eat or drink or only eat foods with specific textures, colours, tastes or smells.
Feeding help for babies and toddlers
The clinician offer advice for infants and children who are crying or fussing when feeding, have problems with breast or bottle feeding or have difficulty with chewing, drinking, moving from bottle to cup drinking or introducing solids.
Help with disability impacting food challenges
If your child has a disability affecting their feeding, the clinic will look at positioning and adaptive techniques and offer equipment recommendations and graded food exposure.
The clinic’s Food School groups are a great way for children and parents to learn about eating and introducing foods in a fun and educational environment.
The ACU Health Clinic is located at 8 Approach Rd, Banyo.
Free parking is available on-site
Fridays 9am – 2pm
ACU Health Clinics are state-of-the-art university teaching facilities that provide quality health services delivered in a student teaching context.
Clinical programs are delivered by speech pathology and occupational therapy students under the supervision of professional practice educators who are highly experienced in their respective fields.
Accepted as self-referral or from any medical or allied health professional involved in your child’s care. Priority is given to referrals from clients and families who are unable to access private services or NDIS funding.
Only $15 for a 45-minute appointment
Making an appointment
Please contact reception to find out more information about the clinic or to register your details.
P:(07) 3623 7740
E: [email protected] acu.edu.au
*Curtin etal (2015) Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behaviour Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, Oct 2015, Vol 45 Issue 10