Problems with EatingThere can be a number of reasons why someone may be having difficulty eating. Possible causes include:structural abnormalitiespsychological or behavioural conditionsmotor or sensory impairmentsor something unrelated to a conditionDue to the diverse nature of such difficulties, you may work with a multi-disciplinary team that might include:a speech and language therapista physiotherapist an occupational therapista dieticiana doctora health visitor (in the case of children)district or community nurse (in the case of adults)the person’s carersand, if appropriate, the disabled person themselves.Eating advice and supportSeeking advice and supportThe first step is getting an assessment; contact your health professionals, who will form part of the multi-disciplinary team.Speech and language at Collett will have access to a therapist specialising in eating. If you are finding it difficult to get help or are not sure who to talk to, your GP's a good starting point for getting specialist help.Mealtimes aren't just about eating, but can also be a great opportunity for communication and social interaction. They should be enjoyable occasions and as stress-free as possible.Growing up and gaining more independenceMany people would prefer to be able to sit at the table and feed themselves, even if it takes longer or is messier than being assisted to eat. Being able to choose what you eat and when to eat it is one of life's pleasures for many people. At The Collett School, we can make adaptations for mealtimes, ensuring our pupils can enjoy eating with others.Most children will learn to feed themselves to some degree eventually. Taking the time and effort to help a person to develop these skills can sometimes also help them in other ways, such as language development, greater awareness of position and movements and hand-eye co-ordination. Our staff manage tables of diners to ensure our pupils are supported in being able to sit with others and engage in the dynamics of eating with others.