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Does my child need feeding therapy?

At FeedingPlus we know that having a child that struggles to eat can be a deeply emotional and distressing journey for parents. The stress of mealtimes and fear about your child’s nutrition and future can be overwhelming. When there are difficulties in the feeding relationship, parents may experience feelings of grief, frustration, and burnout.

Feeding Therapy Helps

Nicola is a seasoned Feeding Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist with over 25-years of experience helping kids with eating challenges. She believes in a responsive and relationship-based approach to feeding therapy. Nicola offers non-judgemental, compassionate, and comprehensive solutions that are tailored to your child and family’s specific needs.

 

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Does my child need feeding therapy?

At FeedingPlus we know that having a child that struggles to eat can be a deeply emotional and distressing journey for parents. The stress of mealtimes and fear about your child’s nutrition and future can be overwhelming. When there are difficulties in the feeding relationship, parents may experience feelings of grief, frustration, and burnout.

Feeding Therapy Helps

Nicola is a seasoned Feeding Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist with over 25-years of experience helping kids with eating challenges. She believes in a responsive and relationship-based approach to feeding therapy. Nicola offers non-judgemental, compassionate, and comprehensive solutions that are tailored to your child and family’s specific needs.

Help is here...

Book a Free Consultation
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Picky Eater Little girl refusing food

Does your child have?

  • Food refusal or food aversion
  • Picky eating
  • Fear of new foods
  • Delays¬†starting solids¬†
  • Difficulty with food textures
  • Gagging or¬†spitting-out foods
  • Chewing¬†difficulties
  • Challenges with self-feeding
  • Bottle aversion or bottle¬†refusal
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Nutritional issues or poor growth/weight gain
  • ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder)
  • Tube Feedings - (NG-tube, G-tube or GJ-tube)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Swallowing issues (coughing/choking)

Feeding Therapy & Parent Coaching Works!

  • Positive¬†family mealtimes and a¬†better¬†relationship with food¬†
  • Reduce picky eating and food refusal
  • Support for¬†bottle aversion or bottle-feeding challenges
  • Introduction of¬†solids and table foods to your baby
  • Support with¬†self-feeding and Baby Led Weaning (BLW)
  • Help your child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism (ASD), Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID)¬†develop a better relationship with food
  • Improve¬†your child's growth, weight and nutrition¬†
  • Improve chewing/oral-motor (mouth muscle) skills
  • Help with open cup and straw drinking
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Nicola Pratt Director of FeedingPlus Inc at her desk

The FeedingPlus Approach

I am passionate about helping children and families enjoy food and mealtimes offering a sensitive, relationship-focused approach

  • I believe in a¬†responsive, trust-based approach which promotes self-regulation, respects autonomy, and cultivates enjoyable mealtime experiences.
  • There is no ‚Äėone-size-fits all‚Äô feeding approach when supporting kids and their families.
  • The family should always be at the heart of any treatment plan. Parents are the experts on their child.
  • I will conduct a comprehensive feeding¬†assessment to understand your child's needs and develop a feeding plan specific to your child and family
  • Through mealtime guidance and parent coaching,¬†I will help get your child get back-on-track with practical solutions.
  • Studies have found high levels of parent satisfaction with parent coaching interventions for feeding disorders. Parents report feeling more confident and empowered in managing feeding challenges and appreciate the personalized support they receive.
  • FeedingPlus offers feeding and nutrition support¬†for babies and children of all ages including teenagers.

Therapy from the comfort and convenience of your own home

Feeding and nutrition therapy is available via FeedingPlus' online telehealth clinic.* We will work with you over video appointments, in the comfort of your own home, in your child’s natural feeding environment. All you need is a smartphone or a laptop and access to the internet. Find an appointment time that suits you using our online booking page.

* Due to current medical licensing restrictions, only Ontario residents can use this service. 
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Do you have health insurance/benefits?

Services are often covered under 'Speech-Language Pathology' or 'Speech Therapy' and 'Registered Dietitian' through extended Health Benefits/Insurance plans.

Please check your policy coverage for specific details.

Meet Nicola: Free Video Mini-Lesson 

"Help your child join you at the table and explore new foods"

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Welcome to the FeedingPlus Blog

FeedingPlus is dedicated to serving children and families across Ontario and providing worldwide education to help kids learn to love food and celebrate mealtimes. The FeedingPlus site is a resource-rich educational hub to help you navigate your child’s feeding journey and place you on a path toward successful eating

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Keep In Touch

FeedingPlus welcomes you to sign-up for our feeding newsletter for free feeding tips and tricks of the trade! The feeding blog shares tried and tested strategies to help with your child’s feeding challenges. Topics include favourite equipment/products, chewing tips, how to reduce gagging, toothbrushing, family meals, starting solids, cup drinking, picky eating, and much more.

FeedingPlus Newsletter

Sharing tips, research, and advice on feeding.

Feeding support is just a click away

As a mother of a child with medical issues, I know firsthand that getting your child to numerous appointments outside of the home, can be very challenging, stressful, and time consuming. Scheduling therapy sessions around work and daily life can be difficult. FeedingPlus' online clinic gives you access and convenience that is just a smartphone or laptop away.

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