Feed Me - Creative solutions to feeding babies and children from 6 months to 6 years

Thursday 18th September

2pm - 5:30pm
Massey University, Albany, Auckland
$50 (inc GST)  - Refreshments included

Sessions do NOT run concurrently so you will have the opportunity of attending all of the presentations.

An introductory presentation: A focus on the healthy eating guidelines, their highlights, limitations and the underlying research

This workshop will look into the healthy eating guidelines, the pros and cons and invoke some discussion behind their interpretation from different professions.


Dr Cath Conlon, Infant nutrition expert
Currently a lecturer in nutrition, Cath originally trained as a paediatric nurse in the UK. Cath is the co-director the Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition (PiFan) centre and specialises in feeding issues in children.


Overcoming barriers to feeding milestones

Successful feeding development relies on: acceptance of foods presented, efficient and safe oral motor skills and parent-child interactions at feed times. Sometimes movement through developmental stages can be interrupted; resulting in delayed texture progression and immature oral skills.

This workshop will look at strategies to progress children to their age appropriate level of solids through oral skill development and acceptance of more complex textures.


Emily Jones, Speech & Language Therapist
Emily is a clinical Educator and teaches the paediatric dysphagia and feeding disorders course at for the speech-language therapy programme at Massey University. She runs the ACTIVEating programme with the PIFAN team at the speech -language therapy clinic on campus. Emily has a special interest in feeding difficulties and tube dependence and is currently a post graduate student in this area.


Managing ‘Problem’ Mealtime Behaviours

Factors contributing to unwanted behaviours we see at the table e.g. learned negative responses to food/eating ; the role of parental style and stress; lack of structure (also what ‘normal’ and what’s not) Addressing specific mealtime behaviours e.g. food refusal; out of seat behaviour; food throwing; spitting/vomiting; subtle distraction behaviours.

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Lindy Thomas, Registered Psychologist
Currently working for the WDHB as well as in Private Practice, Lindy has extensive experience working with children and their families. Lindy obtained a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa).

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