Feeding assessments are carried out in the Lively Eaters clinic and we allow 90 minutes for the initial assessment. We ask that you bring accepted and challenging food to this assessment as the children will be fed as part of the assessment procedure. This allows therapists to determine the child’s oral motor and oral sensory abilities, engagement with food, responses to new/non-preferred foods, current challenges/difficulties related to feeding and feeding behaviours, how the family interacts around food and mealtimes as well as any behavioural responses that may be occurring. Therapists will cover an extensive feeding, medical and developmental history.
Therapists will also be able to carry out a clinical assessment of babies/children who are at risk of aspiration and refer to appropriate medical services if deemed necessary.
Recommendations are provided in writing on the day of the assessment so that home follow up can occur immediately with a full written report distributed following the assessment.