Feeding challenges are stressful and take their toll on the whole whānau, we are here to walk with you on the journey to creating pleasant, enjoyable kai times. We incorporate concepts of Occupational Therapy, Child Development, Neuroscience, Trauma impacts and Feeding Therapy to provide an individualized approach to therapy.

Creating positive kai times together

Welcome to Nourish, specialists in supporting children and whānau with paediatric feeding challenges. We understand that there is so much conflicting information and terms used to describe feeding challenges such as fussy eating, picky eating, selective eating, restrictive eating, anxious eating (the list could go on). At Nourish, we can help to navigate the underlying concerns of feeding challenges and support you with creating successful positive changes to your kai times.

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How can we help:

  • Challenging eating patterns including refusing new foods, repeating preferred foods, and preferring the same textured and colored foods.
  • Restrictive and selective eating (for toddlers to adolescents).
  • Refusal and behavioral challenges towards new and preferred foods.
  • Sensory processing difficulties related to touch, smell, and taste of new foods.
  • Feeding challenges associated with developmental diagnosis, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), genetic conditions.
  • Children/adolescents with food related anxiety, impacting and restricting their food choices.
  • Children/adolescents who have experienced trauma (developmental and medical) impacting their mealtimes, food choices and ability to eat.
  • Food refusal subsequent to prior nasal gastric tube feeding and/or NICU admission during early years.
  • Medical complications (gastroenteritis, reflux) or surgical intervention resulting in food refusal.
  • Restricted diets, a result of allergy complications.
  • Caregiver support with managing the impact of the child’s challenges on their own mental wellbeing.

“Our goal is to create positive kai times together”.

Nourish is a Christchurch based service, providing assessment, intervention, and support within your home environment or via teletherapy. School and Early Childhood setting appointments can be arranged on request.

Not from Christchurch?
We offer our services via telehealth.