‘Lively Eaters’ is a private allied health practice which assists children and their families who are experiencing feeding and eating difficulties from birth through the early school years. We have family focused clinics in both Adelaide (SA) and Rockhampton (QLD) however work with children Australia wide as well as International families.

Underlying our practice is the philosophy that feeding an infant/child is one of a parent’s most important jobs and a central component of the parent-infant/child relationship. Feeding/eating is so much more than ‘putting food in the mouth, chewing and swallowing’ and there are many physical, medical and emotional aspects to consider.

Infants/Children are highly sensitive to their environment and the development of a successful “feeding partnership” can be adversely affected by many different factors in the infant and/or parents. The Lively Eaters team provides multi-disciplinary team assessment and therapy services for a wide range of infant/children’s feeding difficulties. We strive to bring together all of the components which we know to impact children’s eating – relational, emotional, sensory, motor, behavioural and medical – and work together with families to better understand the impact of these within their family unit and how to move ‘forward’.

Do any of the following apply within your family? If so, Lively Eaters would be happy to assist whether you live locally, interstate or internationally:

  • Babies who are having difficulty attaching for breast feeding
  • Babies (term or premature) with poorly coordinated sucking abilities
  • Infants failing to thrive (poor weight gain)
  • Babies and infants coughing and ‘choking’ on milk feeds (breast or bottle)
  • Children gagging on lumps
  • Children vomiting on food
  • Infants refusing any foods with lumps or those that require
    chewing (ie. only tolerating smooth puree).
  • Toddlers experiencing weight loss due to inefficient feeding
  • Behavioural challenges related to food and eating
  • Weaning difficulties
  • Fussy and picky eaters
  • Children with oral sensory defensiveness and oral aversions
  • Transitioning from tube feeds to oral feeds (tube weaning)
  • Babies and children with medical, physical or neurological conditions affecting their feeding (eg. Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, specific genetic conditions)

Feeding Assessment
Feeding assessments are carried out in the Lively Eaters clinic at Evandale (adjacent St Peters). Initial assessments last up to 90 minutes and include comprehensive evaluation.
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Feeding Programs
For children who require an intensive multi-disciplinary therapy program or those who require medical monitoring whilst feeding issues are addressed (such as weaning from naso-gastric/PEG tube feeds to oral eating).
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Special Care Nursery
Emily Lively is a recognised Speech Pathology provider at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, Burnside War Memorial Hospital and within the ACHA group (Ashford, Memorial and Flinders Private Hospitals) and provides assessment and support to babies in the nurseries who are not progressing with oral feeds.
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