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About Happy Eaters

Happy Eaters is a feeding clinic based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Services are provided by a highly qualified team of Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. We provide a co-ordinated and flexible approach to managing children’s feeding difficulties. Your child may be seen by one or more of our therapists to ensure you receive the correct help and support.

Between 3 – 10% of children experience some form of feeding difficulty and there are many reasons why children may have difficulty at meal times. It can be a normal pattern of behaviour for children to develop fussy eating habits at some point in their life and for most children, these patterns resolve without intervention. Some children may develop a condition called ARFID – Avoidant/Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder. These children avoid foods based on colour, taste, texture or smell. Foods may cause adverse reactions such as gagging or vomitting and whole food groups such as fruits, vegetables and quality proteins may be refused.

Other children may have difficulty with chewing and swallowing (dysphagia) due to developmental delay, cerebral palsy, chromosomal or craniofacial abnormalities or general muscle weakness. Tongue tie is another condition that may affect a child’s ability to eat well. Good tongue movement is necessary for successful breastfeeding, positioning and controlling food in the mouth and swallowing strongly.

 


About Happy Eaters

Happy Eaters is a feeding clinic based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Services are provided by a highly qualified team of Speech Pathologists, Dietitians, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists. We provide a co-ordinated and flexible approach to managing children’s feeding difficulties. Your child may be seen by one or more of our therapists to ensure you receive the correct help and support.

Between 3 – 10% of children experience some form of feeding difficulty and there are many reasons why children may have difficulty at meal times. It can be a normal pattern of behaviour for children to develop fussy eating habits at some point in their life and for most children, these patterns resolve without intervention. Some children may develop a condition called ARFID – Avoidant/Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder. These children avoid foods based on colour, taste, texture or smell. Foods may cause adverse reactions such as gagging or vomitting and whole food groups such as fruits, vegetables and quality proteins may be refused.

Other children may have difficulty with chewing and swallowing (dysphagia) due to developmental delay, cerebral palsy, chromosomal or craniofacial abnormalities or general muscle weakness. Tongue tie is another condition that may affect a child’s ability to eat well. Good tongue movement is necessary for successful breastfeeding, positioning and controlling food in the mouth and swallowing strongly.

 

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Justine Urbahn

Paediatric Dietitian
Ma Nut & Diet

Justine is a Paediatric Dietitian with over
15 years experience. She did her paediatric training in London and has worked in private practice on the Sunshine Coast since 2004. Justine is passionate about helping children with complex feeding issues and values working within a multidisciplinary team.



Ph: 07 5445 6145
justine@sunshinecoastfamilydietitian.com.au
www.sunshinecoastfamilydietitian.com.au

 

Kylie Martin

Speech Pathologist
B Sp Path, MSPA

Kylie has been working as a speech pathologist in multidisciplinary teams since 1999. Kylie has extensive experience working with children with complex communication, developmental, sensory and feeding challenges. Kylie trained at the University of Queensland and is also the director of Chatter-boxes Speech Pathology.

Ph: 07 5444 2451
kylie@chatter-boxes.com.au
www.chatter-boxes.com.au

 

Georgina Holloway

Speech & Language Therapist
Clinical Language Sciences

MSPA MRCSLT

Georgina qualified as a speech pathologist in the UK in 1996. Georgina’s special interests are working with children with feeding challenges, speech difficulties and early language. She believes all children should have an opportunity to meet their potential and loves partnering with parents to help their children develop.

Ph: 07 5444 2451
georginaanneholloway@gmail.com
www.chatter-boxes.com.au



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