Hesperian Health Guides
Self-Feeding Suggestions for the Child with Cerebral Palsy
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The less-used arm pulls up and back or moves about.
Head twists to side and back.
Child has a weak, awkward grip, and poor control of arm movement.
Whole body stiffens backward.
|Help the child to control arm at shoulder.||Help him learn to hold the spoon firmly.|
Have the child hold his hand, first on a post, later on a dish.
|Straighten his hand by turning it out gently from the base of the thumb.|
|Sometimes you can help her with head control by gently pressing one hand flat against her chest.||Raising the table may make it easier for some children.||Where the custom is to eat sitting on the floor, a child may be helped by making a low table out of a box.|
|A child who has difficulty controlling her hand for eating may gain better control by resting her elbow on the table.||Sometimes you can help the child avoid twisting to one side by bending the less-used arm across the belly, and turning the palm up.|
|When head and body are difficult to control, it may help to sit on a bench or log in a ‘riding’ position.||A child who has trouble controlling a cup with one hand can often do better if the cup has 2 handles.|
|If he sits with a rounded back, it may help to support the lower back.|
|Ask a local potter to make one.|
This page was updated:27 May 2020