Dietetics

A Dietitian can ensure that your child is meeting their nutrient requirements, needed for optimal growth and development.

A Dietitian can help your child and family with:

Achieving positive health outcomes

Family Meals

Expanding dietary intake

What is a Paediatric Dietitian?

What is a Paediatric Dietitian?

Paediatric dietitians help babies, children and teenagers to achieve optimal health outcomes through dietary education and support.  They support children and their families to ensure adequate nutrient intake, improve food choices and learn to eat a variety of food from the 5 core food groups.

Your paediatric dietitian will assess your child’s nutrient intake, food choices, growth and medical condition, as well as your circumstances. They will then work with your child and your family to decide what nutrition, food and feeding plan will best help your child to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

We can help children with?

  • Fussy Eating
  • Food Aversions
  • Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Diagnosed Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Symptoms, including; bloating, pain, constipation and diarrhea. *Under the guidance of a Paediatrician and/or Gastroenterologist.
  • Faltering Growth
  • Poor Weight Gain
  • Weight Concerns
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Introduction to solids
  • Creating positive meal times

What to expect in an initial appointment:

  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will firstly discuss your concerns and your goals for the appointment.
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will complete a nutritional assessment, measure height and weight, review blood tests and other results, as well as discuss any relevant medication(s).
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will provide dietary recommendations, discuss realistic strategies and develop a suitable eating plan based on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating if required.
  • Within the setting of Restricted Eating, your Paediatric Dietitian will discuss realistic family goals and specific strategies to help your little one learn how to eat new food.
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will support your child and family through encouragement, advice and information to help all of the family reach their healthy eating goals.
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will monitor progress and fine tune as required.
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian will support the development of nutritional knowledge, how to make healthy food choices easy choices, and provide you with skills to eat well when we are all time poor,
  • Your Paediatric Dietitian wants your child and family to make the best food choices according to their health.

Your Paediatric Dietitian will provide your GP, Paediatrician and Allied Team with reports as required and requested by families.

We can help children with

  • Fussy Eating
  • Food Aversions
  • Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Diagnosed Food Allergies and Intolerances
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Symptoms, including; bloating, pain, constipation and diarrhea. *Under the guidance of a Paediatrician and/or Gastroenterologist.
  • Faltering Growth
  • Poor Weight Gain
  • Weight Concerns
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Introduction to solids
  • Creating positive meal times

Dietetics Assessments

A Dietitian can ensure that your child is meeting their nutrient requirements, needed for optimal growth and development.

A Dietitian can help your child and family with:
-Achieving positive health outcomes
-Family Meals
-Expanding dietary intake

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! You and your child can access support services from one, some or all disciplines. A benefit of our service is that if the clinician identifies additional area’s in your child’s life where they may benefit from multiple integrated therapies and you give consent, they can discuss with the relevant practitioner and present you with a treatment plan.

There a number of health rebates and government funding that may be available to allow your child access to the healthcare services they need. We’d be happy to talk you through your options and explain what may be available to you.

Absolutely. We have flexible hours at all of our clinics to suit busy families! Have a chat with our receptionists to find a time that works for you.

No, we can complete an assessment on your child following a self-referral. Please note however that you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate which requires a referral to be completed, typically by your GP, psychiatrist or Paediatrician.

Given the nature of our integrated model, your child’s assessment will be shared with the therapists working on your child’s treatment plan. Information and treatment plans will remain confidential in accordance to Youthrive’s Privacy Policy. Your child’s information will not be shared with anyone without your written consent.

We work with all children and young people from birth to 24 years of age. We see babies and toddlers for issues around feeding, communication and play to school aged children and teenagers across a range of emotional, behavioural or developmental issues. We also work with mums and dads who may need a little extra support of their own.

Our workshops & group sessions

Youthrive runs regular interactive workshops for parents, caregivers, educators and children providing a great opportunity to learn how therapy works, receive practical advice and gain support from other families with the same experiences.

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The Youthrive team are passionate about helping kids and young people reach their full potential.

Our dedicated team of qualified professionals provide a number of therapy services including Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Dietetics and Psychology. They have worked with clients with a range of needs and embrace Youthrive’s collaborative approach to therapy.

First Appointment

If you are a parent who has not had any experience with therapy services for your child, the process can seem quite overwhelming. Here’s what to expect at your first appointment.

1

Initial Consultation

The initial appointment is typically one hour in duration. Your child will attend this session for Speech Pathology, Dietetics and Occupational Therapy. For Psychology appointments you will need to check if your child is required for the initial consultation at the time of booking.

2

Information Session

The therapist will ask detailed information about your child’s family history, health and development, education and any concerns you may have.

3

Goals & Assessment

An assessment may be commenced during this initial appointment and goals for therapy will be established.