Fun, Food, Feeding (FFF) Group

Our Fun, Food, Feeding (FFF) Group offers a play-based sensory motor approach to feeding and is designed to be suitable for children from 2 to 7 years of age. Group Feeding provides a social aspect of eating and provides an avenue of information sharing for parents. Research has shown that peer modeling and reinforcement also increased novel food consumption1 in young children.

FFF aims to:

  • Support positive interaction with feeding; food and friends
  • Explore different properties of food (smell, touch, look, taste, hear…)
  • Makes feeding “fun” and “stress free”
  • Use peer models to incorporate a social learning atmosphere
  • Increase the foods your child tries
  • Increase the volume of food your child eats

 

FFF is suitable for children who:

  • Demonstrate “picky” eating
  • Have a very limited realm of food choices (even down to brand of food)
  • Show aversion or avoidance to food of a specific texture or smell or food group
  • Have difficulty transitioning from one form of food to another
  • Have behavioral meltdown during meals
  • Demonstrates choking, gagging or coughing while eating
  • Have difficulty controlling food within their mouth (chewing, tongue movements, sucking, etc.)
  • Have poor weight gain due to picky eating

FFF is also suitable for caregivers who find themselves:

  • Bribing
  • Threatening
  • Punishing
  • Rewarding
  • Coaxing
  • Yelling
  • Pleading

 

Programme overview:

  • 10 sessions of 1hour per session
  • Maximum of 5 parent-child pairs.
  • Every Tuesday, 11am – 12pm, starting in June 2017
  • Each week, a theme is selected and all activities relate to this theme. Examples: Shapes, Books (i.e. The Very Hungry Caterpillar), Letters, Camping, Carnival.
  • A hands’s on art project involving sensory experiences and where appropriate, food will be used as the art medium.
  • There will also be oral alerting activities carried out by the speech therapist (e.g use of toothettes).
  • Each session ends with social snack time where parents will be guided on how to introduce food groups missing from the child’s diet.

*All children interested in our FFF group will have to be first assessed individually by our speech therapist to determine their suitability for the programme.

For more information, please contact us at 6397 6627 or email info@thomsonpaeds.com

 

1Greenhalgh, J.et.al. (2009). Positive and negative peer modeling effects on young children’s consumption of novel blue foods. Appetite. 52(3): 646-653