Learn To Eat
What is the Learn To Eat program?
Our Learn To Eat (LTE) program is an online-based ongoing coaching program that helps you support your child as they develop their eating habits.
It’s perfect for children with early eating behavior disorders (picky eating, infantile anorexia, retarded eating development, posttraumatic eating disorders) as well as families who have successfully completed a NoTube tube weaning program and want additional professional support.
Each Learn To Eat program is customized for your child by our team of medical professionals, depending on your child’s unique needs and progress.
Curious if our Learn To Eat program might be right for your child?
What makes the Learn To Eat Program special?
Learn To Eat Costs
There are two financial investments required to enroll in a Learn To Eat Program.
If you have not attended any of our programs or not in the past six months, you will need to complete the medical assessment with us for a one time fee for EUR 120.-. This helps us understand your child’s current condition and how we may be able to help. Learn more about the assessment here or take our free tube dependency assessment here.
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Ask Us About The LTE Program
- What do parents find the most noteworthy after they’ve gone through the Learn To Eat program with their child?
- What do you do differently here compared to other feeding therapy programs?
- Is there a contract commitment when I have started the LTE?
- Who will be working with my child?
- How are you able to help my child without seeing them physically?
- I have been seeking help for a very long time now and nobody was able to solve the problem. Why do you think you might be able to help with an online program?
- How much does the program cost and what is included in these costs?
- How long is the recommended duration of the Learn to Eat program and what kind of success can be expected in such a time frame?
- What kinds of issues do children have that you typically deal with in the Learn to Eat program?
- What kinds of diagnoses have children been diagnosed prior to participating in the Learn to Eat program (in no particular order)?
What do parents find the most noteworthy after they’ve gone through the learn to eat program with their child?
Some of the things we hear all the time from happy parents include:
- Always being there for them, when it’s nighttime in Europe but lunch time in Hong Kong and also on weekends and holidays.
- Most of them have been to countless therapies and their child’s eating didn’t improve much. What they find different about us is that we work with them right at home thereby facilitating change to happen where it matters most and has the biggest long term impact.
- Because we were able to create a no-pressure and safe eating environment they feel safe to try new things with their child and provide the child with the necessary autonomy to get better at eating (quantity and diversity) without constant interference by a parent. As a result, many parents tell us they couldn’t have done it without us.
But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself and get in touch with former learn to eat parents!
What do you do differently here compared to other feeding therapy programs?
The child can stay at home in the environment that you all are used to, we focus on the resources and abilities of the children and also respect their need of independence and individuation, we empower the parents to be the best coaches of their children to overcome this difficult situation.
Is there a contract commitment when I have started the LTE?
No, the program ends automatically after the duration of 30 days, but can be extended easily after that.
Who will be working with my child?
Lilli Beckenbach, MD will be working on all kinds of medical issues and the topic of feeding will be addressed primarily by Eva Kerschischnik, physio therapist who has worked with hundreds of children in the Learn to Eat program.
How are you able to help my child without seeing them physically?
You will be asked to send videos of your child, which will be analyzed and discussed with you. This enables us to help you to change behavior in order to achieve the wished goal.
I have been seeking help for a very long time now and nobody was able to solve the problem. Why do you think you might be able to help with an online program?
NoTube was able to help more than 3,000 children already, most of which have complex medical backgrounds. The team members have long term experience in working with children on-site as well as in the telemedical program. Feel free to send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll let you know whether we’ve worked with your child’s diagnoses before and, if comparable, what the outcome was.
How much does the program cost and what is included in these costs?
The program costs Euro 450,– and has a duration of 30 days. Prior to the start the child will have to pass an initial assessment, where the suitability will be estimated. In other words we want to make sure we can actually help you before we start with any program. The cost of the initial assessment is Euro 120–.
How long is the recommended duration of the Learn to Eat program and what kind of success can be expected in such a time frame?
This depends on the needs of the child. The average duration is 2-3 months, sometimes with a short break in between to practice the introduced changes.
What kinds of issues do children have that you typically deal with in the Learn to Eat program?
In no particular order, some of the most common issues that we see are:
- Transition from breast or bottle to spoon feeding
- Transition from pureed food to solid food
- Extension of food range
- Stabilise weight loss
- Promote weight gain
- Achieve further eating skills after a successful tube wean
What kinds of diagnoses have children been diagnosed prior to participating in the Learn to Eat program (in no particular order)?
These are all the diagnoses that we’ve encountered since starting to offer the Learn to Eat program:
- Diversification of foods after successful or partial tube weaning to age-appropriate eating behavior
- Picky eating/delayed eating development
- Failure to thrive, malnutrition, underweight, food refusal
- Eating disorder associated with an interactional conflict
- Preparation for tube weaning
- Dream feeding
- Infantile anorexia
- Force feeding
However, we have not yet found a pattern in that some diagnosis perform better or worse in the Learn to Eat program in achieving their goals. All of them have achieved significant progress in their eating goals, regardless of their underlying diagnoses.
Tube free!Meet Gina!
Gina was born on June 25, 2010. She was equipped with a nasogastric tube following a spinal cord compression, which was operated in February 2011. She would not eat much and only gained a little weight. After the placing of the tube, Gina began to refuse bottle-feeding. She could not stand enteral feeding and her nasogastric tube was subsequently removed in December 2011. She then accepted bottle-feeding again but she was struggling to grow. She only ate small amounts of food. In October 2012, she was given a gastrostomy tube. The bottle-feeds were interrupted again because Gina was vomiting a lot – she could not bear this tube.
Tube free!Meet Everett!
Everett and his parents live in the United States. Everett was hypoxic at birth. He was put on several ventilation machines throughout his stay in NICU. Doctors believe Everett’s severe oral aversion and GERDS result from the trauma of being intubated. When he was 8 months old, Everett left an intensive, inpatient feeding program with a mini g-tube. Beginning March 2015, 15-month-old Everett was enrolled into NoTube’s Netcoaching program. Almost immediately, his GERDS disappeared. After the first week in the program, Everett would only drink water. Then, he moved onto swallowing yogurt and fruit purees. By June 2015, Everett was tube free, and even began accepting some solids! There are not enough words to describe our joy! Seeing our baby eat is priceless! Thank you, NoTube!
Tube free!Meet Nova!
Nova and her family live in Kungsbacka/Sweden. When she was born, she was diagnosed with arthrogryposis, a rare, neuro-muscular disease, which mainly affects her extremities. Nova drank little and very slowly from the beginning. When she was 4 months old, a nasal tube was placed, because she stopped the intake of food altogether due to a human parainfluenza virus infection. She never ate or drank water orally any more, because she became tube-dependent within a very short period of time. When she was 8 months old, a PEG button was placed. When Nova was 1 year old, the family contacted NoTube. After 11 months of working together, Nova is now tube free and likes to eat and drink very much. She still has to learn to accept new consistencies, but she is on the right track.
Tube free!Meet Bennet!
Bennet, his siblings and his parents live in the US. Little Bennet was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a severe congenital heart defect, in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped. An open heart surgery was necessary. Due to his severe medical condition, he received a g-tube 5 weeks after birth. After a successful heart surgery, he was allowed to eat orally, but Bennet didn’t succeed in the transition to oral feeds because he had developed a tube dependency, resulting in oral aversion, food refusal and recurrent vomiting. In January 2014 when Bennet was 16 months old, his parents signed up for NoTube’s Netcoaching program. Bennet learned to eat immediately and all tube feedings could be stopped within less than one month. Bennet did well during the wean, he was happy, playful and active all the time. He started eating different solids (veggie straws, pizza, pasta…), semi-solids (pudding) and drinking water. Since then, Bennet is doing well and the whole family’s life has changed for the better. Bennet is much happier without tube feeds. He is able to participate in family meals and enjoys different kinds of food.
Tube free!Meet Ezra!
Ezra lives with his parents and his older brother in the Netherlands. At the age of 5 months, he received a nasogastric tube due to heavy reflux. During the phase of enteral nutrition, he suffered from severe negative side-effects (gagging, vomiting, etc.) and developed an oral aversion. He had to be completely tube-fed eventually. His parents decided to register him for the Eating School in Austria, which the whole family attended in February 2015. Soon after, Ezra began to make big progress and his oral intake improved. Ezra left the Eating School without his feeding tube and has only been eating orally ever since! In the course of the tube weaning, he was also able to take further important steps in other aspects of his development.
Tube free!Meet Zoe!
Zoe, her mother Maria and her family from the United States registered for NoTube’s Netcoaching program in May 2010. Zoe had some very severe cardiac problems, which had made enteral nutrition necessary for the first month of her life. As an unintended negative side effect of the tube feeding, Zoe developed reflux and vomited and gagged a lot. In June 2010 she got her last tube feed and to the delight of her parents, Zoe has been tube free ever since, while the negative side effects vanished completely.
Tube free!Meet Lukas!
Lukas and his parents, Andrei and Aubri, from Honolulu in the United States registered for NoTube’s Netcoaching program in September 2010 . Lukas suffered from: Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, global diffuse brain damage, seizures, high blood pressure, aspiration pneumonia (once), dysphagia and reflux. Previous attempts from various institutions to wean Lukas off his feeding tube failed. The Netcoaching program was started when Lukas was 3.5 months old. The experienced staff of NoTube coached Lukas and his parents through the weaning process. After three weeks Lukas’ feeding tube could be removed as he was eating like a champ! To delight of his parents, he has been tube fee ever since.
Tube free!Meet Melissa!
Melissa and her family live in Canada. In March 2010 they participated in the Netcoaching program. Melissa was born with a palsy of the N. phrenicus sinistral. Because of the severeness of her disease, a NG-tube was placed, which led to better growth, but unfortunately also to a tube dependency. As a result of this condition she vomited, gagged and sweat a lot. Furthermore the whole family system suffered, thus, the family contacted Notube’s experts, who defined Meliassa as suitable for the Netcoaching program, which was started on March 10th, 2010. Two weeks later, Melissa had learned to eat and her feeding tube could be removed. Since then, Melissa and her family are tube free and they enjoy their life again.
Tube free!Meet Daniel!
Daniel and his parents Amanda and Brendan from New South Wales in Australia registered for NoTube’s Netcoaching program in March 2011. Daniel is a monochorionic twin who suffered from severe intrauterine growth restriction with reverse end diastolic flow, due to a marginally inserted umbilical cord to the placenta. He was born in the 29th week of gestation by emergency caeserian section. These circumstances made NG-feeding necessary. Daniel showed a lot of negative side effects like vomiting, retching and gagging. When Daniel and his family started the Netcoaching program, he had his tube for already 10 months. Only one month later, Daniel was tube weaned and he has been tube-free ever since.
Tube free!Meet Reagan!
Reagan and her parents Tracie and Tim from the United States registered for NoTube’s Netcoaching program in December 2010. Reagan was born with a congenital heart defect: Double inlet left ventricle, aortic atresia, Laevo-transposition which made enteral nutrition necessary. One week after birth she already had her first surgery, followed by another in October 2010. As a negative side effect of the long term tube feeding, Reagan got NG-tube dependent, so her parents contacted the NoTube team in December 2010 and on December 12th, when Reagan was 5 months old, the Netcoaching program started.
NoTube’s medical and psychological professionals coached Reagan and her parents through the weaning process and after only 4 days in the program she got her last tube feed. Reagan is tube weaned since then, which is a blessing for the whole family.
Tube free!Meet Ethan!
Ethan and his parents live in the USA. They registered for the Netcoaching program end of May 2012. Ethan was born with a CDH, which was repaired on day 1. Furthermore a short bowel obstruction removal was performed. At the age of 2.5 months, Ethan got a NG-tube. At the beginning of Netcoaching he was 100% tube fed. His doctors recommended a PEG-tube, but his parents decided to sign up for the Netcoaching program. After a few weeks of coaching, Ethan ́s tube could be removed and he has been tube-free ever since.
Tube free!Meet Manuel H.!
Manuel H. and his parents are from Germany. Manuel was born with Down Syndrome and a cardiac defect. Because of Manuel’s severe sucking problems, he received a nasogastric feeding tube right after his birth and was fed by tube since that time. With assistance by the Notube team Manuel’s insurance company has confirmed to cover the costs for the NetCoaching program. So he was able to participate in the online tube weaning program in August 2013. At this time, Manuel was 19 months old. Short time after the start, Manuel started to make good progress and began to eat age appropriate food in a sufficient way. On October 19th, 2013 he was finally weaned off his feeding tube and has ever been eating orally since this time.
Tube free!Meet Sarah!
Sarah and her parents Jeffrey and Judy from Queensland, Australia registered in for NoTube’s Netcoaching October 2010 program. At the age of 3 months, Sarah got her NG-tube due to failure to thrive. She received mainly overnight feeds. Sarah ́s mother found out about NoTube while researching the internet for the best possibility to wean Sarah off her feeding tube. After five days of working with the NoTube team, Sarah got her last tube feed and to the delight of her parents, she has been tube free ever since.
Tube free!Meet Elsa!
A few months after her birth, Elsa from France got a nasogastric tube due to food refusal. Subsequently, a G-tube was implanted by surgical means. Elsa showed severe side-effects of tube feeding: massive oral aversion and frequent vomiting. Her distressed parents decided to participate in the tube weaning course in Mayenne with 4.5 years old Elsa. During the course, Elsa learned to eat orally again. In July 2013, her G-tube was removed!
Tube free!Meet Charlotte!
Charlotte lives in France together with her parents and her older sister. She was born with a genetic defect and had severe respiratory problems after birth. At the age of four months, she lost weight, so she got a nasogastric tube, followed by the insertion of a PEG button. After being in touch with Valérie of the NoTube team, the family decided to participate in the tube weaning course in Mayenne in 2013. The three-and-a-half-year-old girl made great progress regarding her oral intake and after only a few days in the program, she was able to sustain herself entirely by oral means. Even her PEG button could be removed in Mayenne, a fact that makes little Charlotte proud to this day. Since that time, Charlotte eats completely orally and the PEG button stayed in Mayenne altogether.
Tube free!Meet Barnabás!
Little Barnabás and his parents live in Hungary. He was born with an oesophageal atresia requiring tube feeding until the surgical repair. After Barnabás was declared as suitable for the Netcoaching program, he started the wean end of November 2013. He made rapid progress and after only 2 weeks, tube feeding could be terminated. 2 months after treatment start, his feeding tube could be removed. Since then, he loves to eat and eats quite a lot. His favourite dishes are semolina porridge, carrots, pumpkin and ginger bread!
Tube free!Meet Ella!
Ella and her family are from Zurich, Switzerland. Ella was born with Down Syndrome, Oesophageal Atresia and a cardiac defect. The oesophageal atresia was successfully repaired on day 3 of Ella’s life. However, due to the long term tube feeding Ella developed a tube dependency. She was completely tube-fed from the beginning of her life until she was about 7 months old.
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