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SENSE-ational Mealtimes is for you if your child:● eats few foods● refuses entire food groups● will not eat family meals● becomes anxious, has tantrums or gags when presented with new food● finds security in a particular food being present at every meal.
Tune in to and empathise with SENSORY experiences and feelings
Discover how SENSORY preferences shape your child’s behaviour
Provide 'just right' ways to meet your child’s unique preferences
Nurture pleasurable mealtime experiences for your whole family
Find out how to SENSE-itively tune in, acknowledge, empathise with and label your own and your child’s feelings and sensory preferences around mealtimes.
These insights will help you think of new possibilities for increasing the range of nutritious food your child accepts and enjoys.
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Gillian Griffiths is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience as a senior practitioner, program manager, consultant and facilitator of professional development and caregiver programs.
Gillian has extensive training from the USA and Australia in Sensory Processing; Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding; Infant Mental Health; Family Partnerships; Circle of Security; Trauma; The Developmental Individual Difference, Relationship-Based Approach (DIR)/Floortime, Perceive, Recall, Plan Perform; Therapeutic Listening and Infant Massage. Gillian uses her vast experience and a broad range of evidence to make SENSE of complex mealtime difficulties. Gillian is co-director of Engaging Your Senses. She supports teams and professionals across Australia and internationally to provide effective, holistic services for the whole family. Gillian is passionate about enabling families to experience nourishing and harmonious mealtimes.
Dr Denise Stapleton
Dr Denise Stapleton is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with over 30 years experience in nutrition and research.
Denise passionately supports families with varying mealtime difficulties and therapeutic dietary needs throughout Australia. Denise has training in Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and Making SENSE of the Senses. Denise collaborates nationally and internationally with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds who are supporting families with mealtime difficulties. Denise worked for many years as a paediatric dietitian in a children’s hospital and she contributed significantly to national nutritional care guidelines for children with various conditions. During this time, Denise received numerous awards, grants and a PhD for her initiatives in cystic fibrosis and pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy. When Denise joined with Gillian, they began anticipating new possibilities that their combined expertise would bring to families with mealtime difficulties.