Feeding your Sensory Kid workshop

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Date(s) - June 1, 2019
12:00 pm - 14:30 pm

Our Family Health Care clinic
695 Sandgate Road
Clayfield QLD 4011

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with a Paediatric Dietitian/feeding specialist to help your child, and your whole family, build a healthy relationship with food? This is your chance to get a taste of it. Pardon the pun!

You are NOT alone!

Many parents and carers of children with unique sensory needs like ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and other sensory challenges describe their child’s interaction with food as being BEYOND “fussy” or “picky”.

They describe patterns of rigid and selective eating, extremely limited food range, “white/brown” food diets,  avoiding or seeking particular food textures/flavours/colours and more.

Research backs this up. Eating struggles and behavioural problems associated with food are very common in kids with ASD and SPD and in children who have a complicated history with food and eating.

The Feeding your Sensory Kid workshop will equip you with effective and evidence-based strategies to help improve your family feeding environment and support your child’s developing relationship with food. This workshop will help you to better understand your child’s sensory preferences and nutrition concerns.

Do any (or all) of these sound like your “sensory” kid or your family at meal times?

  • Is very rigid with food choices, and tends to eat the same few foods over and over?
  • Will selectively eat foods with certain textures or colours?
  • Refuses to eat entire food groups?
  • Seems to be eating fewer and few foods? So few, that you’re scared to “lose” any?
  • Disappointing family meals where everyone seems to be eating different food?
  • Kids eating all over the place?
  • No routine, no structure, no control?

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding why your child is SO picky with food
  • How to support your child to build a healthy relationship with food
  • Learning about our senses and sensory preferences
  • What your child’s Always, Sometimes and Never foods can tell you about their sensory needs
  • The Danger Centre response & being Calm­-Alert for learning
  • Supporting kids with strong sensory preferences
  • How to help your child to achieve a “good enough” variety of food (while taking sensory needs into account)
  • Understanding what “success” will look like and how long it will take
  • How to develop a unified and clear plan for positive mealtimes with your parenting partner and your child’s carers
  • Question and answer time to troubleshoot your family nutrition challenges
  • Plus, you’ll receive a parent info pack to take home for future reference.

Small group for maximum support

This is a small workshop with a maximum of 12 participants so that you can get a more personal, supportive experience. As tickets are limited, we expect places to fill quickly.

Parent and Carer only workshop

This workshop is your chance to explore your child’s feeding challenges in a supportive environment with like-minded families. For this reason, we have made the workshop child-free. Please make arrangements for your children to be cared for while you attend the workshop so that you and other participants can get the most out of our time together.

Onsite parking and lift access

The workshop will take place in the group room at our gorgeous new Clayfield clinic location.

Our Family Health Care clinic is a centrally-located and comfortable space for us to get down to the nitty-gritty of how to feed your sensory kid. There is PLENTY of onsite/off street parking space.

We feed you

And not forgetting your tummies too – we provide a yummy morning tea (we are food-lovers after all!). You’ll be supported by other parents and carers who are determined to learn how to feed their picky eaters without going crazy too. Join us!


Single ticket – $110+GST

Multi ticket – $95 +GST … a special discounted rate per ticket when you book 2 or more tickets together so you can bring your spouse/partner/a friend or supportive family member with you at reduced cost.

About your presenter:

Deb Blakley, Accredited Practicing Dietitian

Meet the Kids Dig Food team at this workshop

Deb Blakley and Ines Astudillo are friendly and down-to-earth Accredited Practising Dietitians who believe in the right of every person to EAT HAPPY! We delight in supporting kids and grown-ups to positively and joyfully connect or reconnect with food and eating.

We believe that ALL bodies are amazing, and apply a weight-neutral, non-diet approach in supporting kids to grow into the bodies that are right for them. Kids Dig Food Dietitians are passionate about empowering parents, carers, families and educators to make decisions about nutrition and health from a place of care and consideration rather than control.

Our team is constantly building on our skills and expertise:

  • All team members regularly attend ongoing training by world-renowned experts in feeding dynamics and child feeding through the Ellyn Satter Institute.
  • All team members are committed to ongoing training in mindful eating practice, non-diet approach and motivational interviewing skills
  • Deb has attended professional development in Engaging your Senses: Making Sense of Mealtimes workshop facilitated by Gillian Griffiths, OT and Denise Stapylton, APD
  • Deb and Ines have training in SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding

We are pleased to offer private consultations in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Australia and phone and online consultations to families who can’t make it to see one of us in person. Each member of our team will provide you with a common-sense and family-focused approach to food and eating.

We are committed to supporting each and every participant to walk away from this workshop with a plan to start EATING HAPPY with your sensory kids!

Reviews from previous participants:

Food has been such a stressful topic in our house, but the tools and information shared by Deb are the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ll be implementing the things I learned ASAP. Thanks!  Michael, Mitchelton, March 2018, Workshop participant

Thank you so much for sharing all of your insight with us on Saturday. The workshop really made me stop and think about what we could do to make mealtime a more positive experience for our family. I left the workshop so excited to implement some new techniques and really feel like I now have a much better understanding on how to approach different meal situations.  After the workshop, I just feel so much more confident and relaxed about it all. THANK YOU!! Lindsey, Mitchelton, March 2018, Workshop participant

Thank you so much for a great workshop. It is such a relief to go home with an easy to follow plan that we have already started putting in place. We are already seeing a change in the whole family’s attitude at meal time and it is so much more relaxed around the table. Our toddler has had a great time sorting out his peas and other ’round foods’ from the others on his plate, which is a long way from where we were at with ‘yuck I don’t like that’ and pushing it to the other side of the table. Thanks again! Kelly, Gordon Park, February 2016, Workshop participant

I have spoken to many professionals about the issue of fussy eating and this was by far the most helpful information I have received. Deb was very understanding about the issues we are facing and was non-judgemental in her approach. I came into it feeling like I had tried everything but left with some useful ideas and can’t wait to see Deb for an individual consultation. For the first time in years I feel like we may be able to make some progress in this area. Kath, North Lakes, March 2014, Workshop participant

The workshop was fantastic! It was engaging and made me really think about the ways I have been trying to get my almost 2-year-old to eat. I left the workshop feeling relieved and excited to be heading home to tell my husband all about the journey we were about to start! I would recommend the workshop to everyone with children! Alysha, Griffin, April 2014, Workshop participant

Great informative session, I have a new view on meal times, no more fighting, more eating! Jenni, Narangba, March 2014, Workshop participant


Bookings are closed for this event.

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Kids Dig Food is the Brisbane & Sunshine Coast family nutrition & dietetics service focused on helping parents to help their kids, to dig the right foods!

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