Activities to try to achieve this target...
- Encourage OT to use his spoon as independently as possible when eating his dinner.
- Initially show OT the spoon as an object of reference and say 'O time for dinner', or use a symbol of dinner time if you are confident OT recognises the meaning of the object.
- Scoop the food onto the spoon and place on an empty plate so that OT can pick up his own spoon when he is ready. Encourage OT to pick it up as independently as possible and feed himself by initially using hand over hand and then just holding the end of the spoon. OT may need the empty plate brought closer to his mouth so he has less of a way to move and can have his next mouthful quickly if he is hungry! Have another spoon ready just incase one is dropped or can be loaded waiting for the next mouthful.
- Give OT plenty of time to reach for his own spoon and give lots of praise/singing once he has completed a mouthful independently.