Mealtime Difficulties

Is your child experiencing:

  • Picky/fussy eating
  • Persistent mealtime tantrums
  • Food refusal
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty with certain textures
  • Restricted range of foods
  • Lengthy mealtimes
  • Gagging/choking
  • Poor weight gain
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties

Picky eating is a part of normal development in the pre-school years from the age of 15 months up to 3-5 years. This is because children’s growth slows and they begin to develop a sense of autonomy. Most children grow out of this stage and become more curious eaters but some children don’t.

If mealtimes seem a constant battle, or if you are worried about the amount or variety of foods that your child is eating, seeking help to identify the underlying nature of these difficulties can prevent issues later down the track.

For some children underlying difficulties may be making eating difficult and/or unpleasant and for others, specific “mealtime traps” can cause problems to persist.

E.A.T Speech provide highly specialist mealtime assessment to unpick the issues behind mealtime difficulties. This ensures that the real causes are treated for long lasting change and more enjoyable mealtimes for all.