What if we reframed ‘problematic’ and ‘picky’ eating to ‘eating differences’? After all, we all have different preferences, likes and dislikes. In this thought-provoking conversation, paediatric clinical dietitian, Maddie Todd, uses practical experiences to explore the language around mealtimes, ADHD and autism. She also examines how sensory processing differences affect food preferences, mealtime behaviours and nutritional intake in children and adolescents, and shares up-to-date assessment and management strategies so you can help your clients do the best eating they can. 

Hosted by Brooke Delfino


Maddie Todd has more than 15 years’ experience in working with children and families, in particular those who experience eating and feeding differences, and those who experience cognitive, neurological and physical differences. Maddie also has a background in management and leadership, Aboriginal health care and complex diabetes management. Maddie has worked in government and not-for-profit organisations, and now runs Hatch Dietetics – an established paediatric and disability-focused private practice. Maddie is passionate in supporting families to find ways to create low-stress mealtimes, responsive feeding practices and supporting kids to do the best eating that they can.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reframing our language around ‘picky’ eating, ADHD and autism
  • Strengths-based and family-centred assessment tools
  • Strategies to empower parents and caregivers to create positive eating experiences with practical examples
  • Support services and the role of NDIS funding

Additional resources

Get your Dietitians Unite 2024 ticket here

Connect with Maddie on Instagram @hatchdietetics

Learn about Maddie’s training and workshops here

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