We provide mobile specialist feeding support to children with challenging eating behaviors, limited and restricted diets, and paediatric feeding disorders, within Canterbury, New Zealand. Not based in Canterbury. We offer assessment and therapy services via telehealth.

Our approach is tailored to your individual child and whānau needs and requirements, allowing flexibility in working together towards your goals.

Initial Assessment Consultations

Our initial consultations occur as a two-part process, the first completed as a caregiver only session, in person, as a phone consultation or via telehealth (approx. 60-90 minutes).

This is a caregiver only session to provide the therapist and caregiver time to gather background information and identify your concerns regarding your child and their feeding behaviors/habits.

The second part of the assessment occurs at your home with the child and caregivers, completing a shared mealtime together, running for approximately 60 minutes. This provides opportunity for the therapist to observe mealtime behaviors and concerns identified from the caregiver session.

The whānau are encouraged to provide a few ‘safe’ food options and 1-2 ‘new or less preferred’ foods for the shared mealtime. The therapist will bring a few new foods to contribute to the shared mealtime.

Therapy / Intervention

Caregiver involvement

Unfortunately, feeding therapy is no ‘magic wand’ or ‘quick fix,’ and no, we cannot be with you at every meal (as much as we would love to). Caregiver involvement is crucial in working towards achieving your goals. With caregiver involvement, we can provide you with the skills to implement strategies and styles into your mealtimes at home. The evidence strongly suggests that caregiver skill development and transfer of skills to home provides the most effective results over time.

Whole team approach

Incorporating our holistic approach, we often involve professionals in your care team, community groups, cultural groups and whānau. We will liaise with your GP, Paediatrican, additional health professionals (Speech Therapist, Dietician, Psychologist etc.) and school/ECE support staff to ensure everyone is on board, to create consistency.

Our unique approach

Unlike going to a mechanic who can easily fix your car (usually every time), our approach is forever changing, often requiring a range of styles and evidence-based practices. Our approach is unique in that we take time to get to know you and to build strong relationships, ensuring you feel comfortable with us and our approach throughout our journey together. Often that means time talking together over a cup of tea!

Unfortunately, feeding therapy is no ‘magic wand’ or ‘quick fix,’ and no, we cannot be with you at every meal (as much as we would love to). Caregiver involvement is crucial in working towards achieving your goals. With caregiver involvement, we can provide you with the skills to implement strategies and styles into your mealtimes at home. The evidence strongly suggests that caregiver skill development and transfer of skills to home provides the most effective results over time.

Incorporating our holistic approach, we often involve professionals in your care team, community groups, cultural groups and whānau. We will liaise with your GP, Paediatrican, additional health professionals (Speech Therapist, Dietician, Psychologist etc.) and school/ECE support staff to ensure everyone is on board, to create consistency.

Unlike going to a mechanic who can easily fix your car (usually every time), our approach is forever changing, often requiring a range of styles and evidence-based practices. Our approach is unique in that we take time to get to know you and to build strong relationships, ensuring you feel comfortable with us and our approach throughout our journey together. Often that means time talking together over a cup of tea!

As therapy is individual, the frequency is determined by your goals, approach used and needs of your whānau. A rough example may be two blocks of 10 one-hour sessions, weekly or fortnightly at home or via telehealth. We will explore and discuss which therapy options would work best for your child and whānau. Our experience tells us that it can be beneficial for a therapy session to occur over a mealtime in your home. We can join you for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, which ever mealtime is the most challenges to support with creating change at home.

Your therapist may recommend 1-1 caregiver sessions without your child present. This may occur throughout our therapy journey and can be a crucial component to discussing needs, goals, and concerns without ‘little ears listening.’ This will be discussed with your therapist and is individual to each child and whānau.

Training

Are you an Early Childhood Center, Kindergarten, Preschool, Community Group or School who support young children? Do you require training for your staff or workplace surrounding managing and working with children and young people who experience paediatric feeding challenges?

Rebecca is available to provide in house training and education for staff, educators, therapists, and support workers who support children daily, particularly surrounding mealtimes. This service is available for small to large group sizes, in your preferred location.

Please contact Rebecca directly for quoting, funding options and further information.

Sensory Profile Assessments

You can request or your therapist may recommend a sensory assessment to help with identifying the underlying concerns and needs of your child. This will occur as an online form that you as the caregiver are required to fill in. The outcomes will then be discussed at your next session or as a separate phone consultation. The assessment will outline what sensory input your child is seeking and what input is contributing to dysregulation. A sensory diet and recommendations will be included.

Price List

Initial Assessment (1 caregiver telehealth + 1 at home mealtime observation (including food) – $280

Therapy session (home based) – $150 per hour

Therapy session (telehealth) – $130 per hour

Extended appointments per 15-minutes – $30

Additional Costs

Additional travel charges may occur outside of a 25km radius.

Summary report – $100

Food charge – $10, alternatively your therapist can provide a list of required foods for the following session

Sensory Assessment – $150

A report is a useful summary of the identified challenges and concerns, including recommendations. This report can be provided to your child’s ECE, Kindergarten, School, GP, Paediatrican or external Allied Health provider to support concerns. The summary report can occur after the initial assessment or as required to support progress of therapy.

Funding options

You can access our service through several funding stream that you may be entitled to such as:

Privately funded

You may choose to privately fund your child’s therapy, to receive support with managing mealtimes at home.

Child Disability Allowance and Disability Allowance

If you are entitled to the child disability or disability allowance, you may choose to contribute this towards subsiding therapy costs.

Individualized funding (IF)

You may be entitled to a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) if your child has a physical, intellectual and/or sensory impairment or disability that is likely to continue for a minimum of 6 months and reduces their ability to function independently, to the extent that ongoing support is required. In addition, a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may also be eligible for a need’s assessment.

This Needs Assessment will identify your child’s needs and how much support would be required to meet the disability related goals. You can choose to allocate some of your budget towards therapy, so long as it is meeting your disability related needs and goals.

ACC- Training for Independence

We are a registered ACC provider therefore can provide therapy services that are in line with your ACC goals. The ACC portion is a contribution to the cost of therapy.

This may include (but not limited to):

– Medical or surgical complications resulting in injury or illness, leading to feeding difficulties.

– Injury impacting your physical feeding skills.

Please note, ACC cost will only partly cover the cost of attending therapy.

Private Health Insurance

If your child has received medical intervention (requiring admission to hospital) you may be entitled to a portion of funding to contribute towards Occupational Therapy services *

*Subject to your specific private health insurer

We accept referrals via ERMS through your GP, Paediatrician, Allied Health Professional or directly through your School, Community group or as a self-referral.

Funding options

You can access our service through several funding stream that you may be entitled to such as:

You may choose to privately fund your child’s therapy, to receive support with managing mealtimes at home.

If you are entitled to the child disability or disability allowance, you may choose to contribute this towards subsiding therapy costs.

You may be entitled to a Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) if your child has a physical, intellectual and/or sensory impairment or disability that is likely to continue for a minimum of 6 months and reduces their ability to function independently, to the extent that ongoing support is required. In addition, a person with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may also be eligible for a need’s assessment.

This Needs Assessment will identify your child’s needs and how much support would be required to meet the disability related goals. You can choose to allocate some of your budget towards therapy, so long as it is meeting your disability related needs and goals.

We are a registered ACC provider therefore can provide therapy services that are in line with your ACC goals. The ACC portion is a contribution to the cost of therapy.

This may include (but not limited to):

– Medical or surgical complications resulting in injury or illness, leading to feeding difficulties.

– Injury impacting your physical feeding skills.

Please note, ACC cost will only partly cover the cost of attending therapy.

If your child has received medical intervention (requiring admission to hospital) you may be entitled to a portion of funding to contribute towards Occupational Therapy services *

*Subject to your specific private health insurer

We accept referrals via ERMS through your GP, Paediatrician, Allied Health Professional or directly through your School, Community group or as a self-referral.