Paediatric Dietetics for Children with Disability
Clinical Dietitians Helping Kids to Thrive!
If your child has a disability, finding the right support can help them reach their potential, while assisting your family to build habits that promote wellbeing. What your child eats can have a big impact on their growth and development. Working with a paediatric dietitian can help your child achieve optimal development, health and wellbeing to support them to keep up with their peers. It can also help children develop a positive relationship with food and eating.
Active Ability’s NDIS approved dietitians provide personalised nutrition and eating assessment and advice for children living with disability. We work with families to develop treatment plans suited to your child’s needs and goals, while considering your cultural and lifestyle preferences.
Our experienced paediatric dietitians see families throughout Sydney, Wollongong and the Sunshine Coast. Because we focus on supporting people with disability, our team are highly experienced in working with children who have an intellectual disability, mental health condition, neurological disorder or autism.
As mobile service providers, our caring team of children’s dietitians can visit you at home, school, or your preferred local facility.
At Active Ability, we do not charge for travel or have a waiting list, so you can start paediatric dietetics right away and get the most from your NDIS funding.
Why dietetics is important for kids with disability
The paediatric dietitians at Active Ability are university-qualified health professionals who understand how diet supports healthy growth and development. They also know how to help families and children with special dietary needs or feeding concerns.
Our clinical paediatric dietetics team can help kids with:
- Fussy eating and problem feeding
- Poor appetite
- Food intolerances and allergies
- Mealtime challenges
- Failure to thrive (otherwise called growth faltering, slow growth, or poor growth)
- Excess weight gain or obesity
- Nutrient deficiencies (such as iron deficiency)
- Gut conditions (such as coeliac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation)
- Hormonal conditions (such as type 1 diabetes)
- Genetic syndromes that affect feeding (such as Prader Willi syndrome)
- Enteral or tube feeding
- Disordered eating.
Don’t see your child’s concern listed? Contact our friendly team to discuss whether we might be able to help.
How our paediatric dietitians can help your child thrive
We also support children to develop a positive relationship with eating by helping them interact with food in a stress-free, playful way. Our approach supports development of a positive body image and the ability to make eating choices that encourage physical and mental wellbeing.
Because eating happens in a family context, we aid parents to support their child’s nutrition management and better handle any mealtime concerns.
Meet Active Ability’s paediatric dietitians
Our dedicated, university qualified allied health professionals have a special interest in supporting children with disability.
How to arrange NDIS services with Active Ability
Like more information before arranging your service agreement with Active Ability? Contact us via the button below or call us on (02) 8294 0624 (Monday to Friday). One of our wonderful team members will gladly answer your questions.
If you’re keen to get started with an NDIS registered dietitian and ready for a service agreement, please fill out our NDIS referral form via the link below.
Paediatric dietetics with Active Ability
To start with, one of our children’s dietitians will visit you and talk about your child’s health history and dietary concerns. We take the time to listen,
which helps us create an evidence-based treatment plan to meet your child’s needs and goals.
Depending on these, clinical paediatric dietetic therapy might include:
- Advice and support to assist with restrictive or fussy eating
- Managing food allergies and intolerances
- Addressing barriers to eating or drinking
- Help for managing nutritional or growth concerns
- Creating positive mealtime routines
- Creating a dietary plan to assist with weight gain or loss
- Help with enteral or tube feeding
- Designing a texture-modified diet to lower choking risk
- Advice on grocery shopping and reading food labels
- Eating for better mood and mental wellbeing.
If you’re starting out with the NDIS, we know arranging services can seem overwhelming. Our team is here to assist however we can. We can help you understand the NDIS, work out your eligibility, and create goals and a plan the NDIS may cover.
Do you have NDIS funding?
NDIS children’s dietetic services can be arranged through two NDIS Capacity Building funding categories.
1. Improved health and wellbeing
2. Improved daily living
To learn more about our clinical dietitians and dietetics funded by the NDIS, get in touch with us.