Frequently Asked Questions
How many therapy sessions will my child need?
We recommend 10 therapy sessions in a group or individually. It will take several sessions for your child to get to know the routine of food school. At the end of the 10 sessions your child should be tasting new foods and you should have been able to incorporate new strategies into your daily meal times with your child.
Will my child’s eating difficulty be fixed by the end of the 10 therapy sessions?
Each child is different. Following the assessment, the Therapists will write individual targets for each child to achieve during the sessions. For most children their eating difficulty has been going on for several years and therefore it takes time to change. On completion of the 10 sessions you and your child will need to consolidate and build on what you have been shown. Your child’s eating difficulty should then continue to diminish.
Does my child need to attend all 11 group sessions?
Yes, to gain maximum benefit. Session one is the assessment session and therefore it is vital to attend.
Why do parents/carers need to remain on the premises during group sessions?
Adults need to observe what is happening in sessions so they can incorporate strategies into meal times at home. During the first part of each group session the Therapists will spend time with parents / carers going over the strategies for the week and answer any questions.
Parents / carers stay so they can observe what is happening and follow on with ideas at home. They are given weekly strategies to implement and yes they can support each other.
Are you able to incorporate specific dietary requirements into sessions?
Each case will be discussed individually. If your child has a food allergy which has been medically diagnosed then individual sessions would be more appropriate. During group sessions we want the children to explore a wide variety of foods and share their food experiences which becomes difficult if children cannot access all foods offered at the sessions.
Why do you ask about my child’s seating at the table?
If a child is finding mealtimes challenging we want to make it as easy as possible for them and don’t want them becoming tired by having to work on their balance at the same time. We want them to have a good stable base with their feet supported and be at a good height at the table so they can easily reach food and engage with other family members at meal times.
Can siblings attend sessions?
During group sessions, we ask if possible that siblings do not attend sessions as we want parents/carers to be able to concentrate on what is happening during the group and observe their child’s progress. However, if circumstances arise that you need to bring siblings them we ask you to bring some toys/entertainment for them which they can play with quietly so as not to distract other group members.
For individual sessions, the impact of having siblings present on the child with the eating difficulty can be discussed with the Therapists.
What happens if I need to cancel a session?
Group sessions are payable in advance and not refundable. For individual sessions payment remains due in full if a session is cancelled less than 24 hours in advance. If a session is cancelled by the Therapist then this will be re scheduled as soon as possible after cancellation.
Can I pay in instalments?
Payment is due after each individual session preferably by BACS but cash and cheque are accepted. Groups sessions are payable in advance and can be paid in 3 equal instalments. Speak to Jacqueline if you would like to pay in instalments.