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Friday, 18 March 2011

Update On Group

First group of children have now finished the first picnic group in Stafford and we all feel it has been a big success.We have had loads of fun and lots of play,stories and getting very messy.It was so much fun and they did really well with the foods that they were playing with each week.Obviously messy play isn't for every child with feeding problems but as these children are referred to us then we know it is ok for them.We are doing our next group in May and i'm looking forward to helping some more children on their journey to eating.
Once we have results from the first group i will be going back to the PCT and giving them feedback and hopefully they will start listening to us and start helping the children.As alot of you are aware there is a big lack of services to do with feeding problems and it needs to change.
The picnic group is one of only two groups in the country so we are really lucky to be running them .But we have alot of support from feeding specialists so with their help have got them up and running.
I will keep you updated on how we progress from here with the PCT and how our groups are going.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

First Day Picnic Play

Well it was the first day of the picnic play group yesterday at last!
We were feeling really excited that at last there is something out there for some of the children with problems with food and i was so glad that i could be a part of that.I hope that in time we will prove that these kind of groups are needed and we can do the groups on a permanent basis.As a parent who has been through the experience and come out the other end with all ok i know what a difference in my daughters case that messy play made.Even just meeting other parents and talking helped me alot as i felt so alone and the only one with a child with feeding problems(which obviously i'm not but thats how i felt)
The groups are going to be great fun for all involved( including parents) with alot of getting messy and making food fun to be around.I will keep you posted on how we are getting on and lets hope these groups are around for a long time and help our children on their journey of eating.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

At Last Picnic Play Group

Sorry it has been so long since last post but we have been very busy trying to set up messy play groups in Stafford and at last we are just about to start them after alot of hard work.First Gemma and i managed to get some funding which we applied for which was brilliant.Then it took me ages trying to find a room which eventually were given free of charge.Then it was getting all the equipment that we will need each week which soon ate away at the budget.I think i have about £1.50 from the funding left which might be able to buy us a couple of apples!
The groups are going to be very structured with getting messy alot and making food fun.I'm really looking forward to actually being able to try to help some children who have feeding problems and there is a great team of professionals(yes there are actually some but not many professionals who do understand our concerns on feeding problems) who are really helping us to make these groups a reality.Once we get going with the groups and see how well they work then we will be going back to the commissioners and proving to them that messy play or play picnics as we are calling them do work.It is about time the services were provided for our children with feeding problems and if i have evidence they work the commissioners will have to listen.I will keep you posted on how we are doing and i just wish that there were more of these groups as in many cases messy play does help.
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