Hi!  I’m Simone Emery.  I am the feeding specialist, writer and occasional “performer” here at Play with Food. I have a 3 year old and a 5 year old that I have to feed. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. And I know the drain of preparing food with kids in mind.

The aim with my blogs, guest speaking and feeding resources is always to focus on FUN. Fun food sensory play. Finding the FUN in the steps it takes kids to learn to eat.  Helping parents find fun tools for their parenting-at-mealtimes-toolkit.  I really hope to give busy parents get some wonderful tips & materials to assist their children on one of life’s big learning journeys – eating! For me, it’s all about happily feeding your family… especially with fussy eaters.

In particular, my Play with Food classes (individual, group or Skype versions) are a unique offering to carers who may be exasperated trying to get their children to try fruits, vegetables or meats …. or anything other than a chicken nugget. All food for classes is prepared under NSW food authority stipulations.


My qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Business Management
  • Masters of Food Studies (University of Queensland)
  • Certificate in Childs Nutrition
  • Food Safety Supervisor (NSW Food Authority accreditation)
  • NSW Police Working With Children Certificate
  • Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders: SOS Approach to Feeding, Basic Training Workshop, Westmead Hospital, Aug 2013
  • Advanced Paediatric Feeding Difficulties Training, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Feb 2016

As a feeding specialist, I also work clinically and am happy to chat about clinic based therapy programs for problematic feeders.  I work part-time at My Feeding Clinic, Grace Children’s Therapy in Castle Hill, Sydney.  I love my work there with more complicated feeding issues as part of a team of health experts.  We run feeding therapy programs over a 12 week block following the SOS feeding therapy model and also include parent information nights and feedback to your GP.

Reading the content I publish on Play with Food is not a substitute for individual and expert medical advice. If a child presents with a nutritional concern outside the scope of my session/interaction with you, I am more than happy to chat to you about obtaining further specialized medical advice – eg referrals to speech pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists or dietitians.   Here is more information on how to know if your child needs more specialist assistance.

What next?

I am so glad you are here and taking the time to learn more about me.

Connect with me on social media, check out these FAQ’s about fussy eating, browse my specialist feeding resources for parents and educators in the shop and join my mailing list (below) to get started on having happy mealtimes with your family!

For educators, fellow health professionals and other businesses that would like to collaborate with me further, that would be ace!  You can see more on my media page and services/contact.



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    February 3, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Hi -Just had a look around your blog – really interesting. I look forward to reading more Jo

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