Meet Speech and Language Therapist, Heather de la Croix

Meet Speech and Language Therapist, Heather de la Croix


Hello, my name is Heather de la Croix. I am a Speech and Language Therapist from North Somerset in the UK. I have over 30 years of experience working in the NHS and the private sector. In that time, I’ve worked with thousands of people who have difficulties eating and drinking. This has been in hospitals, rehab centres, care homes and in people’s own homes. 

My aim is to help people with chewing and swallowing difficulties enjoy their meals as safely as possible. A wide range of medical conditions can cause swallowing problems, such as stroke, dementia or progressive neurological conditions.

I have seen first-hand how difficulties with eating and drinking can have a huge negative impact on people’s quality of life. I have supported people who gradually needed to eat softer and softer meals to accommodate the evolution of their condition. Others I’ve worked with have progressed from tube feeding back to eating a normal diet, and made a heartening full recovery over time.

This is why I would like to tell you more about Birds Eye Soft Meals and how you can adapt them to suit the variety of IDDSI (International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) levels that people may need, by following a few simple steps.

I have shared some easy methods for adapting the meals to IDDSI levels 4, 5 and 6. Please watch my tutorial videos for step-by-step instructions, and if you have any further queries regarding the meals, kindly contact Alimento at or by calling 0800 083 4446.


Alimento Paid Advertisement Feature. This article was prepared by Heather de la Croix in her personal capacity and for general information purposes only. The opinions expressed are the author’s own. Alimento does not warrant that the steps as described to modify the meals to different IDDSI levels will work for everyone. Our meals are prepared and sold as IDDSI Level 7 (Easy to Chew) and you should consult a Healthcare or Medical Professional about your personal circumstances and before making any changes to your diet.