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.