Welcome to The Mess Hall, A paediatric feeding clinic in Lyall Bay, Wellington, New Zealand. Run by Jennifer Lyons, Speech Language and Feeding therapist.

The Mess Hall is a place for children who have feeding issues and their family/whanau/carers.

What We’re All About:

  • Creating a comfortable and supportive environment to develop feeding skills.
  • Introduce new textures, smells, and tastes
  • Having fun experiences with food.
  • Developing management strategies in regards to;
    • Wanting to stay at the table
    • Exploring new food items
    • Developing biting skills
    • Developing chewing skills
    • Managing food in your mouth that you don’t want to swallow.
    • Learning about new food.

Would my child benefit from feeding therapy?

About Me.

Hi, I’m Jennifer Lyons Bsc, originally from Scotland, U.K. I am a speech language and feeding therapist. I worked along side families who have children with oral motor skill issues, limited diets and who may have been or are still being tube fed. These have also included children who (but not exclusively) have cognitive delay, autism, dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, cleft lip and palate.

Our Services

Initial Assessment


Approximately 1.5 hours 

$210 plus travel.
Travel will be quoted when an appointment is made. Home visits take place in Wellington, Porirua, Upper Hutt and all areas in between. Maximum travel costs is $55.

Clinic Sessions


Approximately 50mins

$135 plus travel

Price includes follow up phone call to discuss session. These can take place in clinic or at your home.

If you are bringing along another child (non feeding issues) an extra $10 will be charged.

Report Writing


If you require a written report, there is a charge of $115 per hour or part there of, (e.g. half an hour = $57.50)

A estimated time can be given prior to writing.

Online Consultations:

Under current circumstances, sometimes virtual visits are easier to manage. The Mess Hall offers Consultations online through programmes such as Go To Meeting, Skype, Facetime or Zoom. Videos of your child’s symptoms/behaviours/habits are requested the week prior to your virtual appointment.

Virtual Initial Assessment


Approximately 1 hour plus 30mins to assess videos. 

$210 for initial session

Virtual Clinic Sessions


Approximately 45mins plus 15mins to assess videos. 

$135 for session

Snack Chat


Approximately 30mins

Ideal for developing skills at home. This takes the therapy online and a step closer to your child generalising their new skills.

Do you have any further questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

+64 21 650 112


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