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Early Childhood Intervention Services

SOS Fussy Eating Groups

  • RCH ECIS is currently running a program called Food Warriors. 

    What is Food Warriors?

    Based on the principles of the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to fussy eating, this individual program aims to increase children’s tolerance of exposure to new foods and building oral motor skills. SOS is an evidence-based approach to working with children who are fussy eaters. 

    This program consists of a parent information session, assessment session, 6 therapy meal sessions, a feedback session and report. 

    Child goals for the program:

    • exposure to play-based interactions with food 
    • to learn to have positive experiences with food
    • to increase willingness to try different foods

    Parent goals for the program: 

    • to learn the cues to eating
    • to understand the steps that are involved in eating
    • to create a feeding routine at home
    • to know your child’s limits

    Program breakdown - 

    1) Parent information session:

    A compulsory parent information session precedes the program. The information session aims to address:

    • the SOS approach 
    • explore reasons why their child may be having difficulties with feeding and eating 
    • what can be done at home 

    The parent information session can be run by your SOS trained therapist via telehealth. There is also an option to watch our pre-recorded information session, if this is more convenient for your family. 

    2) Assessment session:

    Access to 2 trained SOS therapists (where possible) for a mealtime assessment inclusive of oral motor skills. This is conducted at our North Melbourne location.

    3) Therapy meals:

    6 therapy meal sessions will then be offered onsite at our North Melbourne location.

    Parents/carers can be an active participant in the therapy meal sessions. 

    4) Feedback session: 

    Conducted via telehealth or onsite, your SOS trained therapist will provide feedback from the program inclusive of a report. 


    • The group program is most suited to children aged 3-5 years.
    • Please note - this program is run at our location in North Melbourne. Referrals from families living outside of our catchment will be accepted. 
    • RCH ECIS will accept NDIS and private paying families. Please note we have no capacity for families to claim through Medicare or their private health insurance.