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Early Childhood Intervention Services

SOS Fussy Eating Groups

  • *Currently there are no Fussy Eating groups scheduled for 2021. We do welcome expressions of interest for 2022.*

    Based on the principles of the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) Approach to fussy eating, this group 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. 

    A compulsory parent information session precedes the group based 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 is run as a group program at RCH ECIS and is also available as an online recording.

    Once a family has completed the parent information session, the parent/s and child can attend the group program. The parent/s will watch the therapy room via a live stream.  

    Child goals:

    • participate in a play-based group alongside their peers
    • to learn to have positive experiences with food
    • to increase willingness to try different foods

    Parent goals: 

    • 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
    • to get support from other parents and staff

    The program is delivered in a small, structured group setting for 8-10 weeks. Groups are offered during school terms.   

    If a family is unable to attend the group program or RCH ECIS determine that an individual program would better meet the child's needs, the Fussy Eating program can be modified and conducted in the home environment with an SOS trained therapist.

    Eligibility:

    • The group program is most suited to children aged 3-5 years.
    • The individual program is available to all families that meet the general RCH ECIS eligibility.
    • 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.