Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just a Couple of Cool Tools to Help with Fine Motor Limitations...

Hello all,

I wanted to share a quick demonstration with you on a few handy tools that Logan uses for adaptations with some fine motor/self-help skills.

  1.   This is called a T-Rocker knife.  In 2016, I started searching for a "special" knife, something that he could use and feel more independent with, when he needs to cut food.  He can use a regular steak and butter knife, but it is very tedious and frustrating.  I came across this little gadget on Amazon, and decided to order it and have him give it a try.  It is fantastic!!!  It makes cutting food so much easier for him!  He no longer relies on us to cut up his food now, and he uses it to cut meat, waffles, pancakes, etc.!  The only time he still needs help, is if the meat is really tough, like steak for instance.  I paid about $25 for this, and it is well worth it.

Logan allowed me to video him cutting his chicken tenders from dinner tonight.  As you can see, it has a wooden handle which makes it easier for him to hold and to get a grip.  The curve shape of the blade assists with cutting in a rocking motion.  All of the pressure for cutting works when all he has to do is push down while holding the wooden handle and rocks it back and forth.  Pretty easy.

2.  This handy gadget is for buttoning.  We've had it for quite some time, given to us by an occupational therapist.  He does button his own pants and shirts now, however, recently he had a band banquet to go to, and the buttons on his white dress shirt were so tiny that he struggled to get them buttoned.  I had asked him if he wanted me to help, and he said no, then came out of his room with this tool.  I had totally forgotten that we had it, but he remembered.   I have to say, I was very proud that he was solving his own dilemma, and so glad that his memory is better than mine!

Here you can see it in action!

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Until next time,
God Bless!
Lisa Brown