During Elise's home therapy, we have started to work a lot with her eating with utensils. When she was a baby I captured a few different photos of her holding a spoon independently. She never was able to spoon feed herself but at age 1 she could hold a plastic spoon. The above picture of when she was a baby shows her not only holding a spoon but she's holding it with her right hand which she still has been unable to master. After she lost some hand use she's been unable to grasp a spoon with either hand. A year or so ago I bought foam tubes to put over the spoon handle to raise it so it had a larger area for her to grasp. She could hold it and only hold it with her left hand but with some assistance and needed full assistance scooping and bringing it to her mouth.
I am elated to report she no longer needs the foam tube and can hold a child-sized spoon independently! It has taken four years to relearn this skill but she is doing it. She also can do a little scooping motion and eats all foods preloaded on her spoon and fork by herself! It's amazing to watch. She still has moments of frustration or sensory overload and I have to fully take over feeding her but she's getting there. Little victories.
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!