“Mealtimes should be able to be enjoyed by the whole family. When a child does not have the skills to eat well and successfully, this can create stress for every member of the family. My goal is to help parents to understand why mealtimes may not always be successful and to provide them with the support and skills they need to help their child to feed successfully.” – Tricia Finkbeiner
Tricia has over 20 years of experience in paediatric Occupational Therapy, including working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, general hospital populations, private practice, schools, preschools and home based settings. She has also previously been the oral motor skills co-ordinator at a clinic in Boston.
Tricia is an engaging, knowledgeable, and compassionate Occupational Therapist with a passion for supporting families affected by feeding issues. She creates a therapeutic environment to allow growth and change during mealtimes and develops individual, family oriented goals and treatment plans using evidenced based strategies.
Tricia incorporates the SOS feeding approach in her work. This model involves the whole family completing activities at home to help decrease the anxiety and stress that accompanies having a child that doesn’t find eating enjoyable. Tricia believes that eating should be enjoyable for all and if there is heightened stress three times a day around mealtime, then she can help.
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
East Carolina University
Tricia holds a concurrent position with Sustaining NSW Families. In this role she works to support the development of a family’s capacity to parent effectively despite any life difficulties they encounter, to ensure optimal development and growth of the infants in the program.
Tricia has always had a passion for working with children who have difficulty feeding and their families. Tricia assists families whose children are experiencing the following difficulties:
- Picky eating
- Very limited food range in their diet
- Reliant on tube feeding
- Refuse vegetables or fruit
- Have difficulty transitioning to food with textures
- Have difficulty breastfeeding
- Demonstrate poor oral motor skills
- Eats predominently beige foods
- Failure to Thrive
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Feeding and Eating Disorders
Tricia has extensive skills and experience in working with children with special needs and difficulties with learning and utilises a range of therapy approaches including:
- SOS Approach to Feeding Disorders
- TAMO handling techniques
- Sensory Integration assessment and treatment
- DIR/Floortime treatment approach
- Therapeutic Listening
- Division of Responsibility Model of Feeding (Ellyn Satter)
Registrations & Memberships
- Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (#OCC0001760184)
- OT Australia
- National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy in the United States.
Teaching & Training Experience
Tricia is a sought after lecturer and workshop presenter who regularly provides education and training for families and other health professionals on topics such as:
- Reducing stress at mealtimes
- Assessment and development of oral motor skills
- Increasing food variety in dietary intake
- Utilising TAMO techniques in therapy
Tricia previously worked as the Oral Motor coordinator at a clinic in Boston, where she provided mentoring to the staff on all issues with feeding, treatment, assessment and education.