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Understanding and managing feeding and eating in children with SEND.with Dr...

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Whitefields Academy Trust

Macdonald Road

Walthamstow

E17 4AZ

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his workshop is aimed at parents and carers of children of all ages, including older children and adolescents, who are difficult to feed. The children may refuse foods in an extreme way or may seem uninterested in food and lacking appetite. The range of food that they accept may be very restricted and there may be concerns about health and well-being. The child may dislike social situations involving food or be uncomfortable with certain smells, textures or look of foods.

Often parents have searched extremely hard to find the best way to feed their child and have been told ‘he’ll grow out of it’ ‘she won’t starve’ or‘he’s growing ok’. We hope this day will give you the opportunity to really explore what is behind your child’s rejection of foods.

The workshop will cover the following:

· How children learn to eat – the key milestones in learning feeding skills and developing food likes and dislikes

· Why some children have difficulties with eating – this may be related to a combination of genetic, medical factors and learning experiences. We will explore Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) which is commonly associated with children on the autistic spectrum.

· Ways of making mealtimes less stressful – using research and clinical best practice to guide you to appropriate strategies to help your child. This may include signposting you to appropriate professional support.

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