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.  She is the founder of  Magnificent Munchers which specialises in food therapy for children on limited diets often referred to as fussy or picky eaters. The team work with all children from toddlers to teenagers 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? Does your child have ARFID?

Magnificent Munchers work with children from 2-16 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 and ARFID (Avoidant Restricted Food Intake Disorder).

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. 

Group Food 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 Sessions

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

Our Mission

We want to make mealtimes

enjoyable times

Meet our Team

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

Jacqueline Parkinson

Children’s Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons)

Marian Browne

Speech & Language Therapist BMEDSci(Sp) Cert MRCSLT

Simon Beames

Children’s Dietician BSc (Hons) in Dietetics

Jane Nugent

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Clare Moroney

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Fran Brooman

First Aid Trainer

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….

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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