The aim of food school is to help children develop their food repertoire and feeding skills.

90% of what looks like ‘bad behaviour or ‘behavioural’ problems at mealtimes are actually sensory reactions to the sensations of the foods that children cannot physically handle.

Initially children attend ‘feeding clinic’ or ‘food school’ on an individual basis for a minimum of 12 weeks to establish their place on the 32 steps to eating hierarchy.

Sessions are 45 minutes and include a sensory preparation activity, oral motor skills task and food school/feeding clinic session.

Once children are comfortable and able to tolerate foods visually, the therapist grades the exposure and interaction with each food workig up to touching and mouthing food items.

Children may progress from individual to group feeding sessions as their needs improve.

A child’s weight, height and nutritional intake is closely monitored throughout the process by a dietician or nutritionist.