Diet and Nutrition Support from our Specialists in Gloucestershire.
Assessments and Bespoke Programmes and Advice are offered by The Owl Centre’s Dietician in Gloucestershire
The types of difficulties for which dietetic advice can be provided are many. They include:
Fussy, Avoidant or Restrictive Eating, Food intolerance, Disordered Eating (including overeating, undereating, vomiting, binge eating and pica) and Management of food allergies.
The foods a child chooses to eat, and in what quantity, will have a fundamental impact on their
- Ability to learn and concentrate
- Sleep patterns
- Energy levels
- Digestive health
- General health and wellbeing
Children with additional needs are more at risk of digestive disorders such as coeliac disease, constipation, diarrhoea and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. They are more likely to display disordered eating patterns such as binge eating, food refusal and vomiting. They are more likely than the general population to be overweight or underweight. And common approaches to resolving these issues in the general population can be unhelpful and ineffective for children for whom communication difficulties, sensory sensitivity, anxiety, ritualistic behaviours, delayed oral-motor ability or physiological differences make eating and mealtimes a very different experience.
If you are concerned about the adequacy of your child’s diet, we can provide an assessment that will look at the nutritional adequacy of their current diet based on your child’s individual needs. Then we can advise you on realistic, achievable changes that we will prioritise to have the most impact on your child’s health and wellbeing.
It might be comforting to know that The Owl Centre’s Dietitian is experienced in supporting families with a wide range of dietary issues which, as a parent, can be challenging and anxiety-inducing. Here is just a small sample of the kinds of questions that parents often ask:
- My child is very selective with the range of foods he eats. Is he having all of the nutrients that he needs? Should I be giving him supplements? If so, which ones?
- I have heard that a gluten-free, casein-free diet might help with Autism. Is this true and should we try it?
- My child suffers with constipation. Is there a dietary approach I could take to help reduce the need for laxatives?
- My child is very food orientated and struggles to regulate his appetite. Is there any advice to help manage his weight?
- Would high dose vitamin supplements improve my child’s condition?
- My child has recently been diagnosed with a food allergy/intolerance. How do we adapt their diet whilst still feeding everyone in the family similar foods and ensuring they get everything they need.
Interventions will be tailored to the needs of your child and may include Sensory Integration approaches, Food Chaining techniques, tips for managing mealtimes, Fun with Food sessions, adapted diets to improve bowel function, behavioural approaches, motivational work and nutritional education. Resources such as meal plans, visual timetables, recipes and reward charts can be provided to ensure the advice is easy to apply in practice. The type of intervention best suited for your child can be discussed after the initial session has taken place.
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