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Psychology is a broad spectrum that explores the science of the mind and behaviour that exerts from it. This includes conscious and unconscious thoughts, reactions and behaviour in children.

Child psychology, which is carried out by child psychologists, is a multifaceted specialised discipline which translates up-to-date scientific studies research into a therapy which can help children make sense of their world and develop healthy coping mechanisms as they grow. A person's childhood can be viewed as simple by many, however, it is a time in which people are developing and learning about who they are. Children often exert psychological trouble on controlling their eating behaviour, leading to eating and feeding related problems.

The psychologists at The Kids Feeding Team take into account all aspects of the child's life and will give psychological therapy according to the journey the child has had. Eating problems are complex and our psychologists will help to understand the route of that and develop healthier patterns of eating for each child.

What role does a psychologist play in a multidisciplinary Kids Feeding Team?

The psychologists at Kids Feeding Team play a vital role in helping the the child with negative eating behaviours lead a normal healthy life. The psychologist at The Kids Feeding Team will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to assess your child and develop a treatment plan which is bespoke, results focussed and evidence based throughout. Our psychologist works alongside our dietitian, physiotherapists, occupational therapist and speech and language therapist to assess their eating behaviour as part of a multidisciplinary team. The psychologist will aim to identify the route cause of the negative patterns of eating behaviour such as fussy eating, difficulty weaning, food aversions, stress around mealtimes and autistic spectrum disorder. Our psychologist will assess, diagnose and treat the psychological issues which may be causing the disordered eating behaviour which may mean focusing on a variety of different aspects of the child's life.

Meet Niamh...

Niamh is our committed Specialist Paediatric Dietitian who has experience in both the NHS and private sectors. She understands the complex needs of each individual child and their family to provide patient centred care which is results-focused, evidence based and personable.

When would a baby or child benefit from seeing a psychologist at the Kids Feeding Team?

A child would benefit from seeing the psychologist at the kids feeding team if they are showing any signs of problematic eating behaviour which stems from psychological behaviour problems. Children who have long standing fussy eating, food aversions, autistic spectrum disorders and eating disorders would benefit from seeing our psychologist and multidisciplinary team. Our dietitian will assess your child' nutritional intake to ensure they are getting enough protein, energy, vitamins and nutrients whilst the psychologist will assess, diagnose and treat the cognitive function which may be causing the food problems in your baby or child. Fussy eating and food aversion of some kind can be common in children, however, if it is left to progress and develop into a long standing problem it may cause nutritional deficiencies and faltering growth. Some

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Which common conditions can a psychologist help with?

Our psychologist can help with any feeding or eating problem which stems from a psychological issue. Our multidisciplinary team will assess your child and refer to the psychologists if they think it needs psychology based treatment.

  • Fussy eating
  • Food aversion
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Sensory based feeding difficulties

If your concern isn't listed on here but you think we could be able to help, let us know. For more information find out about what we treat.

What does a psychology assessment involve?

In the initial psychological assessment, the psychologist will establish a relationship with your baby or child and explore the possible triggers and current psychological issues which may be causing the fussy eating behaviours and or food aversions.

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The assessment will involve talking with your child and their parent or carer and observe them perform a variety of tasks, such as feeding or playing. Your child may also be required to fill in a questionnaire if they are of the appropriate age to help assess their thoughts and feelings towards eating. The psychologist will conduct a variety of assessments to establish the root of the feeding difficulty and develop a treatment plan to enable a healthier relationship with food. Our dietitian will work alongside this plan to ensure your baby or child is receiving enough nutrients energy and protein to develop adequately.


Our psychologists here at Kids Feeding Team use up-to-date evidence to ensure your child gets the highest quality psychology care possible. Additionally, we can offer a multidisciplinary service of health professionals if it is appropriate for your child. Our experienced psychologist can and improve the mental health of your child to help with their feeding aversions ad difficulties. If you think your child would benefit from seeing our feeding team psychologist please contact us.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids

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