There are many challenges when living with a physical disability. Eating neatly can be one of them. My cerebral palsy afflicts all my limbs. My right hand is the most functional, but it is still not “normal”. When I was a child I used various adaptive eating utensils, but graduated to standard silverware, at least in regards to a fork and spoon.
I have used a standard plate for many years. I have to admit; it is not always a successful adventure. Depending on what I am eating, some of my meal would roll off my plate…pun intended! My mom suggested that we try a “scoop plate” for more challenging meals. We ordered two plates from Maddack Inc. from Amazon.com.
The scoop plate is partitioned and includes a lid. The partitioning is helpful to keep foods from melding into each other. This is not too much of an issue for me, but sometimes is a consideration for those with autism or OCD issues. Of course, it is nice to keep “wet” foods contained and separate from “dry” foods.
The lid is nice for travel or for preparing meals ahead of time and storing in the refrigerator. This scoop plate is really nice for me, as my caregivers sometimes work in shifts. My morning caregiver can prepare a meal ahead of time for the upcoming shifts. Additionally, this scoop plate works perfect for snacks. Sometimes I am by myself for a few hours, so my caregiver prepares a snack plate for me and the lid keeps Sully from snagging a taste!
This scoop plate is also great for travel. I am on a gluten free diet and sometimes I prepare a “back up “ meal in case I am unable to eat the food available. There are times I take the plate empty. I need my food cut up, so having a plate available to do so is handy.
This scoop plate is a priced under $8.00. The low price makes it affordable to purchase multiple plates for meal prep or to have reserves. It is also microwave and dishwasher safe.
The disadvantage of this particular scoop plate is that it is does not have a non-slip bottom or a suction cup to hold it in place. I use a non-adhesive, non-slip shelving liner as placemats to keep my plates from slipping. Additionally, if you are looking for a stylish plate, this is not one of them! It only came in a bright red color and can look a bit juvenile. However, it does it’s job and my eating area stays much cleaner!
I would definitely recommend this scoop plate or any scoop style plate for those with motor skill issues. This plate would also be a benefit for those who need to keep foods separate. This plate works well for meal preparation and snacks. The lid makes it prime for travel as well.
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’!!
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