Worried about your
child’s eating?

Magnificent Munchers are on hand to help

Enjoy family mealtimes

Bring a smile to the table again

Is your child refusing
to eat a range of foods?

Magnificent Munchers therapists can help

Worried about your
child’s eating?

Magnificent Munchers are on hand to help

Enjoy family mealtimes

Bring a smile to the table again

Is your child refusing
to eat a range of foods?

Magnificent Munchers therapists can help

Jacqueline Parkinson is a Children’s Occupational Therapist based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Magnificent Munchers specialise in food therapy for toddlers and teenagers, helping children who are fussy eaters using the SOS (Sequential, Oral, Sensory) approach.

At Magnificent Munchers we work with children who have the following eating difficulties:

  • Limited/decreasing range of foods in their diet (less than 20)
  • Refuses to eat either whole textures or categories of food
  • Excessively cries/tantrums when presented with new foods
  • Gags or vomits when offered or in the proximity of new food
  • Reacts excessively to food on hands or around face
  • Children who struggle with social eating e.g. in restaurants with the family

Is your toddler not eating a wide range of foods? Does your child appear to be more than just a picky eater?

Magnificent Munchers work with children from 2-15 years of age. We offer both individual and group food therapy sessions tailored to meet your child’s specific needs. We work with parents/carers helping them understand the steps to eating process by working at their child’s pace. With our high staff ratio and specialist therapy knowledge we aim to help children learn to explore a wider variety of tastes and textures and become happy social eaters.

The team, consisting of a Children’s Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist, Dietician and two Therapy Assistants, will work with children with a variety of conditions including those on the Autistic Spectrum.

We aim to offer a flexible approach to therapy to fit in around school/work schedules with some evening and weekend appointments available.

If you are anxious about your child’s eating habits, please contact the Magnificent Muncher’s team to discuss further. 

Food School Therapy

Group Therapy course for children aged 3-10. Help your child enjoy a variety of foods.

 

Individual Therapy

Therapy tailored to your child at home or in a restaurant. Help your child enjoy family mealtimes.

Book a course

Dates and venue details of our next courses. Help your child discover the fun in food.

Our Mission

Our mission is that every child
will grow to enjoy a range of foods.

Our mission is that every child
will grow to enjoy a range of foods.

Meet our Team

A fully qualified and experienced team, with the enthusiasm and skills to ensure fussy eaters learn to enjoy meals.

Jacqueline Parkinson

Jacqueline Parkinson

Children’s Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons)

Marian Brown

Marian Browne

Speech & Language Therapist BMEDSci(Sp) Cert MRCSLT

Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson

Children’s Dietician BSc Nutrition & Dietetics

Jane Nugent

Jane Nugent

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Ann Warrington

Ann Warrington

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Happy Parents and Carers

My son attended a 12 week food school with Jacqueline and her team. My son then aged 4 had a very restricted diet and as a family we felt we had tried all we could to address this. To start with T was anxious and suspicious and not at all keen to interact with the food. However he soon forgot this was about him eating the food and instead found it somewhere safe and fun to go play. He did not realise that before long he was licking and touching food that he had refused before. Jacqueline gave us homework and ideas to try at home and I realised that the bigger the issue I made this, the more he refused…

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Happy Parents and Carers

It got to the point where my child would only eat one brand of yoghurt and cracker biscuits for every meal, I was unable to break this habit and it felt like I had tried everything. He was all sinew and bone with no reserves of energy to help him bounce back after illness. My son has sensory difficulties around texture, the look, feel and smell of food, oral motor difficulties and was overwhelmed by mealtimes. Taking part in Jacqueline’s feeding group removed some of the pressure to eat that he felt when at home. Jacqueline made it fun and accessible for all. I was able to see him engage with food and then go and try the games and ideas out at home….

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Happy Parents

Our son, aged 8, had a very limited diet. He had a total phobia of trying anything new and would refuse food, preferring to go hungry if there was an option he didn’t like. He would worry about situations where food was involved (e.g. birthday parties) and would rarely eat out at a restaurant. We got in touch with Jacqueline at the beginning of January this year to get support for our son’s eating issues. Each session Jacqueline provided consisted of lots of playing with food, smelling, touching, talking and learning about it. Jacqueline carefully chose a selection of food each week that was similar in colour or texture to foods our son ate….

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