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Cutlery Skills

Using a knife and fork for cutting up food can be a difficult skill for some children to achieve as it requires the child to be able to perform different actions with the two hands. This difficulty often results in children eating with their fingers, or spilling their food over the table as they are pulling apart or tearing their food with the knife and fork rather than performing a neat cutting action.

Occupational Therapists are able to help with this as they can devise a programme of activities to work on the development of necessary skills, however some children simply benefit from the use of specialist cutlery to compensate for the difficulties that they are experiencing.

29th January 2011 | Karen |