Food Learning Program

Food Learning Program

Uniquely designed by Barefoot and based on clinical evidence, this program is for children with eating challenges. Throughout this popular program your child and family are supported by a team of professionals including a Speech Pathologist, an Occupational Therapist and a Dietitian who work with your family over 8 weeks to target your specific concerns around your child’s eating.

The Food Learning program addresses:

Support for parents:

Learn why:
• your child eats certain foods on some occasions but not others
• your child refuses to try new foods
• your child wants the same bland foods over and over again
• your child has meltdowns before or during meals

Learn how:
• your child sensory preferences underpin their food preferences and difficulties
• to decrease anxiety around mealtimes for the whole family
• to raise a child with a positive relationship with food

Learn about the nutritional needs of children
Learn strategies to keep progressing in this area long after your family has completed the clinic

Teaches children to understand their preferences with the sensory properties of food e.g. smell, taste, texture

Review oral motor skills (like chewing or swallowing) that may prevent children from enjoying specific foods

Assessing seating position and whether this is adequate and supportive for the child's height, core stability and sensory needs

Review cutlery and utensil use

Barefoot Therapists

We promote a model of care across our organisation which is child centred and family sensitive.

Our Location

We are located at 1/16 Henry Wilson Drive, Rosebud (on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula) and Gadara Farm in Boneo.

Programs / Therapies

We offer Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietetics, Equine & Animal Assisted Therapies, Food Learning Programs & Groups

Our Animals

Barefoot has the honour of working with some amazing animals all of who have different personalities and strengths.