Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spoon Feeding

I've been meaning to add this post for awhile...these aren't the greatest pictures (ignore the messy hair, and messy house!), but they will give you an idea of a technique that I found online to show how to spoon feed a child with Down syndrome. Because our kids have lower muscle tone vs. typical kids, it is harder for them to control where that tongue is. This method apparently teaches them where it belongs when they eat. We started it when she first started eating. It worked for Violette, so if you are having issues you might want to give it a try. We only had to do it a few feedings before she got the hang of it.

First put the food on the spoon, and feed it with the spoon edge to the left (or right, your choice):


Then refill your spoon, and put the spoon in to the right (or left, depending on what you did first):



Then, refill, and put the spoon straight in:
















That's it just keep repeating that! I hope it helps!

Also adding a link to Maroon Spoons - they seem to help with feeding!
http://www.beyondplay.com/ITEMS/T309.HTM

4 comments:

bizzum said...

Thanks so much! That is very helpful. I am going to try that later today!

Yo Mamma Mamma! said...

Thanks Elizabeth!

doozee said...

your little girl is so CUTE!!

Csunshinegirl said...

This is COOL, BUT how did you get Violette to feed herself with the spoon or fork? Inquiring minds wanna know. :)