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#1 of 3 Old 08-03-2013, 08:33 PM - Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any resources for tools/toys/gadgets for children with one arm?  New to this (adopted a 6-year-old) and trying to quickly provide things that can help her feed herself, play, dress, etc.  Waiting for referral to OT and PT, so haven't been able to ask them yet.


Thanks for any links!

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Last year I worked with a child for whom both arms were mishapen and unusable, and she completely fed herself, mostly using her mouth. Cutting your DD's food up and providing her a straw for her drink should do the trick.


encourage your DD to use her chin/neck to hold things so she can manipulate them with her hand. She might also use her feet to help hold things.

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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Thanks.  I guess I am looking for ways to help her do things better, or easier, or less messily (if that is a word!).  Like when she eats, she can't hold the bowl and get the last bit out, and she can't pour milk into a cup because the cup moves, etc.  She does use her feet and her body when possible. She also has a hard time playing with some toys, so I thought there may be certain toys that would be suggested for her. Even zippers need 2 hands, etc.  I'm sure there must be a website somewhere for kids, but all I can find are adult websites.  I have gotten a few good ideas (put a non-skid mat on the table for her so the plate doesn't slide, etc) but was looking for more.


Basically I want her to be frustrated less often. . .

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