What makes a successful mealtime service for children with autism?

By Therapy Focus

A Therapy Focus therapist sits with a customer and laughs while holding a cup of liquid. the customer is also smiling and holding a cup of liquid. The customer is a young boy wearing blue and the therapist is a woman with blonde hair that is tied back.

Therapy Focus provides specialist support for children and adults who experience mealtime difficulties as part of our Mealtime Eating Allied Health Liasion Service (MEAHLS).

In partnership with Curtin University Autism Research Group, we are exploring how MEAHLS works for children on the autism spectrum. We want to hear about your experiences accessing or delivering mealtime services, including what worked well and what could be improved.

Who can participate?

You can participate in this study if you:

  • Are a caregiver of a child (16 years or under) with a diagnosis of autism who has accessed MEAHLS from Therapy Focus.
  • Are a Therapy Focus clinician or health professional delivering mealtime management services (MEAHLS).

What is involved?

  • You will be asked to participate in a 1-hour interview about your experience with our mealtime management service. This can be done in person at Curtin University, over the phone or via video call.
  • We anticipate that interviews will occur between March and August 2021, and will schedule an interview at a time that works for you.

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If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:

Melissa Black (Curtin University) – [email protected] or (08) 9266 5893

Ruyi Tong (Therapy Focus) – [email protected]

Madeline Davey (Therapy Focus) – [email protected]


Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2020-0796). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the ethic officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the manager of research integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email [email protected]