--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Aids in the inability to hold oneself upright while eating. Seat belt webbing, heavy thread and Velcro tape make up this device. COMMENTS: The sling positions one's arm in a way that creates a more upright position--better suited for eating.
The Assistive Dining Device is a powered feeder designed to enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to feed themselves without using their arms or hands. This powered feeder has rotating bowls, a mechanical spoon, and a positioning arm. The bowls containing the food rotate until the desired food is located under the spoon. The spoon then dips into the bowl, scoops up the food, and presents a rounded spoonful of food very near the lips of the user. The user must lean forward slightly
The Beeson Automaddak Feeder, model H74501, is a powered feeder for persons with severe physical limitations due to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or other disabilities involving movement, coordination, or range of motion. This electrically operated automatic feeder places a spoonful of food close to the mouth. Control pads are mounted near the top for use with a headstick, and may be relocated, if necessary. One control operates a spoon which takes food from a Pyrex glass plate and raises
Bestic, an eating assistive device, is designed to support eating for individuals who have difficulty feeding themselves due to physical disabilities, decreased range of motion in their arms or hands, or decreased motor coordination due to neurological diseases or degenerative conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Polio, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, or ataxia. It is designed to allow the user to eat without assistance. Bestic can be controlled by anyone who is
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Device promotes independent self-feeding by spinal cord injured persons. A cylinder is constructed of a rectangular piece of polyform splinting material measuring 13 by 4 cm. A polyform strip is attached to the side of the cylinder to hold the hand in place while eating. Feeding device was originally designed for a person with syringomyelia. Includes illustrations. SKILLS REQUIRED: Assembly. AUTHOR: Wiener, M M TITLE: Brief or New: Feeding Device for F
---- CUSTOMIZED ADAPTATION --------- PURPOSE: To create a custom adapted feeder mount for a Kangaroo Pump feeder to a bunk bed for a child with Edwards Syndrome. There was no room for the feeder to be placed at the head of the bed; therefore, it was suggested that the child’s sleeping position be reversed. Despite the change in sleeping position the feeder could not be fixed directly onto the rails as they were too close together. A new bracket was added which holds the feeder just out from the
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding harness which acts as a pulley, allowing a person with strong elbow extensors but weak flexors to bring a hand to the mouth for self-feeding. Harness made of a thermoplastic form for each shoulder, tubing across the back of the neck, wrist cuffs, and cotton or nylon cord threaded through the tubing to connect the cuffs and allow one arm to pull up the other for feeding. Developed for a patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS). COMMENTS
The Chewigem Chube is a single Chube threaded on a rugged cotton cord designed for individuals with oral motor disabilities and sensory processing disorder to chew on. These can be used by people who chew on non-food items such as sleeves to help self-regulate, people who have mild to moderate oral issues, and children who are messy eaters due to poor sensory input in their mouths. The user can mix and match the quantity and color of Chubes on their cord to get the design that is just right for
The Chewigem Disc Pendant is a disc on a string designed for children and teens to chew on for tactile stimulation. Many children with sensory processing challenges use oral stimulation such as tongue fidgeting, sucking and chewing while doing daily activities to help themselves to relax and stay focused. The Disc Pendant is the robust chew. It is very rigid with no bounce. Cords are silky to touch and easy to adjust to the desired length.
The Chewigem Miller Heart is a heart-shaped necklace designed for those with neurological disabilities and sensory processing disorder to use as an oral fidget and to help self-regulate. Increases sensory input in mouths. Many children with sensory processing challenges use oral stimulation such as tongue fidgeting, sucking and chewing while doing daily activities to help themselves to relax and stay focused. The Miller Heart is for mild to moderate chewers. Many designs that suit an older child
The Chewigem Raindrop is designed for individuals ages 3 and up with oral motor disabilities to help them self-regulate. The pendant features a thicker bottom edge and thinner in the middle. This design allows for a different chew experience and extra sensory input each time. Many children with sensory processing challenges use oral stimulation such as tongue fidgeting, sucking and chewing while doing daily activities to help themselves to relax and stay focused. The Raindrop is for mild to mode
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Fork and tray ensemble designed to enable a person with minimal upper extremity function to eat independently. Describes a plywood tray, with suction cups on the bottom to prevent slipping, which holds a scoop dish attached with velcro and a cutout circle for a glass; a fork with an extension allows it to swivel. The fork is fastened to the dish with a chain of rubber bands which acts to keep the fork parallel to the plate when it is in the plate and h
Degree Feeding Bottles are designed for use with infants and children with swallowing and eating disabilities. This botle features an angled neck to permit nursing in an upright position, providing better control of swallowing.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with neurological disabilities to eat independently. This chair has an armrest for the user's right arm made from U-shaped PVC half-pipe.The armrest is attached to an outer sleeve that moves up and down a central steel post attached to the chair platform. A cast-iron window weight acts as a counter weight to render the user's arm weightless. A foot pedal connected to a system of pulleys and levers underneath the chair platform raises the user's
The Drawstring Pouch is a feeding tube holder designed to store the excess length of a feeding tube while the tube is in use by an infant, child or adult with swallowing or eating disabilities. Coiled tubing fits into this nylon mesh bag, and the bag can be pinned to clothing to help prevent accidental tube removal.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device manipulated with head motion and operated without electrical or mechanical power to allow self feeding by a person with limited hand function. Self feeding device made for a quadriplegic consisting of a sectioned tray with spoon shaped projections, attached to a table assembly which can be fitted to a wheelchair. The person pushes food into the spoon projections with a headstick and eats as if from a regular spoon. Requires some control
The Eating Apparatus is a mechanical feeder designed to assist individuals with little arm strength or muscle control to feed themselves. This motorized feeding arm consists of a steel track, a forearm support for the right arm, and a 12-volt car window motor. The device is controlled by a remote switch which is operated by the left hand. The feeding aid attaches to a table-like surface with a C-clamp. PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT: This device was designed by John Duffus for an individual with very lit
The Neater Eater Electric Version is a powered feeder designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities which make self feeding difficult. The feeding arm can be programmed so the spoon scoops food from the plate and brings it to the user's mouth. The device can be set up for five different diners and the automatic cycle of the spoon can be controlled in four different ways: A single eating cycle has the spoon run once; a Go While Pressed cycle has the spoon move only when the sw
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Feeding device to allow a person with no arm use to use a spoon or fork with head control. Simple device made with a small wood block 2 3/4 inches square and 1 1/ 4 inches high; a dowel 3 inches long and 1/2 inch in diameter; a nail with a flat head; a stationary-type clothespin; and a 4 or 5 ounce lead fishing sinker to provide weight. Provides instructions and photographs. The clothespin, which swivels on top of the dowel, holds the spoon or fork whi
The Feeding Bottle with Flexible Tube is designed for use by children and adults with swallowing and eating disabilities. It holds eight ounces of liquid and features a tube that extends from the bottom of the bottle out through a screw cap to control fluid intake. The bottle is also graduated in ounces and milliliters to aid in dispensing measured amounts of liquid.
The Feeding Cup With Long Spout is designed for individuals with eating and upper extremity disabilities to allow them to be able to drink easier. Cup with long spout as their drinking skills improve. The Feeding Cup with Long Spout features a mouthpiece that is large enough to hold a straw and an air vent that can be closed off with a finger to easily regulate the flow of liquid.
DO-IT-YOURSELF-ENTRY --- PURPOSE: To enable an individual with ALS to indepemdemtly pour liquid meals into a feeding tube. The device consists of a quarter-inch plywood base with an upright length of plywood attached to it. The syringe barrel is attached to the side of the 2 x 4, enabling the user to use two hands to pour the liquid food. The unit disassembles for travel and storage. MATERIALS: one piece of quarter-inch plywood, a 9-inch length of 2 x 4, and fasteners. TOOLS: Wood shop tools. S
The G-Tube Belt is designed and intended to be used by people who have a feeding tube that extends from the skin surface. The G-Tube Belt eliminates the need for clumsy pins and tape, and is by far the most comfortable way to secure all types of enteral feeding tubes including PEG tubes, gastrostomy tubes, and jejunostomy tubes. The G-Tube Belt increases the user’s level of tube control, helps to increase self-care, and helps to minimize the risk of accidental pull-out by combative patients and
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Gooseneck holder for spoon to provide resistance against uncontrollable arm movements. A gooseneck with an angle clamp can be purchased. A lock-on accessory with a push button release is attached to the end of the gooseneck and silver brazed to the eating utensil to be used. In the example described a T bar handle was also brazed onto the end of the utensil to provide better support for a person with uncontrolable movement. A commercially available laz
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an eye-controlled robotic arm feeding system for individuals with mobility disabilities and/or paralysis. iCRAFT (eye Controlled Robotic Arm Feeding Technology) was developed by students at Northeastern University. iCRAFT allows the user to move its robotic arm by moving his or her eyes. With the iCRAFT system, there is absolutely no physical connection between the device and the user. All the user needs to do is look at one of four larg
The iEat Independent Feeder prototype is intended for people with limited hand control, using a spoon, fork, or knife is a significant challenge. The device was manufactured out of just a few simple 3D printed parts, and is aiming to offer the disabled community a low-cost device to help aid the struggle that people with limited function within their hands often experience while eating with this simple, yet efficiently designed solution.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with Guillain Barre Syndrome to eat independently. TITLE: Eating Independently. Made primarily of stainless stee, this unit has a rectangular base frame that fits into an existing tube on the user's wheelchair and supports a standard wooden dinner tray. On the right side of the frame is a vertical post with two 90-degree bends in it that is fixed in position with a trinut, creating a mount for the feeding device and a drink container. The mount
The Jofas Clamp is a feeding tube holder designed for use in nasal gastric and gastric feeding of infants, children or adults with swallowing or eating disabilities. The unit holds a standard 60cc syringe for gravity feeding. It consists of a flexible arm that is light weight and portable, with a C-clamp base that attaches to flat surfaces (such as tables or counters) up to 2 inches wide. DIMENSIONS: Flexible arm is 24 inches long.
The Large Clear Plate Guard is a piece made to sit on a plate designed for people who have tremors, ataxia, and other upper extremity disabilities to prevent food from being pushed off the edge of a plate. This high rim plastic guard helps make scooping food onto a utensil easier. The plate guard has an internal groove that fits around the rim of a plate with a diameter of 8 to 9 inches.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Long handled washcloth, sandwich or other item holder for persons unable to raise hands to face due to stiffness or weakness. Describes a holder made of aluminum with plastic end pieces and a steel spring to provide grip. Lists materials needed. Provides diagrams and photographs. SKILLS REQUIRED: Metalworking. TITLE: Self-Help Devices for Rehabilitation REF: Dubuque, Iowa: Wm C Brown: p 64-66 NARIC CALL NUMBER: R3360 PAGES (including cover): 4 1958.
My Spoon is a powered feeder designed for use by individuals with eating disabilities, spinal cord injury, upper extremity disabilities, or upper extremity amputation. This device allows users to eat most types of everyday food with minimal help from a caregiver. The user sits upright to be fed. A base unit sits on the table next to a dish with four comparments, and an arm raises food to the user's mouth. The device can operate in manual, semi-automatic, or automatic modes, with a joystick, butt
The Neater Eater Manual Version is a mechaincal feeder designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities which make self feeding difficult. The unit features adjustable springs that help the user to smoothly guide the spoon down into the plate and up to the mouth. Adjustable stops prevent the spoon from moving past the plate or too close to the user, and stop the spoon at the right height for the user's mouth. The plate is turned by the user. In the Adapted Version, an adjustabl
The Obi is a robotic dinner plate device with a human-like arm that is design to help feed users with impaired movement. The obi includes a rotating serving dish with four compartments for different foods, as well as a robotic-arm fitted with a spoon. The device works by indicating it where to deliver the food by moving its robotic arm. After that, the robot is able to replicate the process, with users able to toggle between the different compartments and tell the arm when to feed. Functions inc
The Oral Motor Therapy Feeder enables solid foods to no longer be a choking hazard for children or those with difficulty chewing or swallowing. Drop the mesh bag into a retainer ring, place the food in the bag, and screw tight. The mesh bag lets children practice their chewing skills without the risk of choking. The feeder is an ideal tool for those wanting to introduce new flavors and textures to the sensory defensive child who would normally just spit them out.
The Perfect Pocket Bib is protective clothing designed for messy eaters and children with chemical sensitivities ages 2 to 4 to use during meals, when drinking or drooling. Durable waterproof fabric resists mildew. Adjustable neck snaps. The pocket can hold ½ cup Liquid and food. Waterproof with NO off-gassing of toxic chemicals (tested for 24 toxic chemicals). Parent can put distraction items in pocket while cutting child’s hair or nails. Keep chewies in the pocket or attach chewies to bib. Do
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plexiglass holder assists those unable to eat food such as sandwiches and toast normally held in the hands. Holder is constructed of 3 pieces of plastic. Handle is a strip 1 inch wide by 1/8 inch thick by desired length. Main holder is made from two half circles (one slightly larger) of plastic. The larger is riveted to the handle, the other is attached using a rubber band inserted through 1/8 inch holes. An attachment for foods such as hard boiled egg
---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To create a do-it-yourself portable table for use with an individual with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy who can no longer lift his arms to feed himself. A small table which folds flat was made from a 1/8 inch masonite. Three panels are all of the same width with one slightly longer than the other two. This creates a top for the table with the two other panels being used to fold out as “leg panels”. Small hinges and screws were obtained from a local
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair with tilt-in-space seating to eat independently. The user's disability prevents upright sitting, so a low-level ramp was constructed to raise the wheelchair's rear wheels. Seventeen millimeter lightweight plywood was used to construct the sloping portion of the ramp, and five slats of 50 x 25 millimeter wood were used to fashion a gutter to hold the rear wheels in place. The same type of wood was used t
Therapeutic infant sling for gastro-esophageal reflux. Requires inclined mattress to 30 degrees. Quilted fabric. Ties to crib bars. Washable. Preemie, term or infant size. Blue or pink.
The Reflux Wedge is a therapeutic aid body positioner designed for infants with gastro-esophageal reflux. It holds infant prone at a 30 degree angle. Features include non-absorbent Staph-Chek covered fire retardant foam and zip closure covers. Quilted covers zips off easily for washing. SIZES: Bassinet, extra small, small, medium, large, or extra large. CAPACITY: Fits preemies and infants up to 30 pound. COLOR: Blue or pink.
The Respironics Pigeon Specialty Feeding Products is designed for babies with special feeding needs. The Cleft Palate Nipple is designed to feed cleft palate infants and infants with poor sucking strength. The Y-cut nipple has a thick and thin sidewall with a one-way valve that prevents excessive air intake and allows milk to flow only when sucked by the baby. Food Feeder Bottle is squeezable with an attached spoon to assist with weaning or to use with babies who have difficulty feeding.
The SaeboMAS (Mobile Arm Support) is an arm exerciser designed for use by individuals with neurological or orthopedic conditions that exhibit proximal weakness of the upper extremity. This zero gravity arm exerciser facilitates and challenges the weakened shoulder and elbow during functional tasks and exercise drills, with the goal of maximizing function while increasing proximal strength. It allows the user to perform exercises with minimal compensation, and it supports self-care tasks such as
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Sandwich holder to enable a person with no hand use to eat independently. Thermoplastic sandwich holder, developed for a person with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which allows the person to take a row of bites then slide the sandwich forward with the chin to continue. Includes photograph. COMMENTS: For further information contact Dr Roy Norris, Rehabilitation Engineering Center, 2021 North Old Manor, Wichita, Kansas 67208. REC funded by NIHR grant G0080
The Quad Quip Sandwich Holder, model 1394, is a sandwich holder designed for use by individuals with limited hand use. The plastic holder grips the sandwich and rubber band provides the clamping action. The unit can be inserted into a utensil holder (not included). The holder is latex free and dishwasher safe.
The Sensory Textured Spoon is a feeding therapy product designed for babies learning to eat and for oral stimulation with feeding. The spoon has a textured bottom that provides increased tactile input during feeding. Parents/therapists can easily hold it with the long handle, and the shallow bowl makes it easy for individuals to remove food with minimal effort. Combine oral-sensory stimulation with feeding. Textured bottoms provide increased oral-sensory stimulation to the tongue.
The SentioChew is a necklace designed for those individuals who are messy eaters due to poor sensory input in their mouths to help them self-regulate. Many children with sensory processing challenges use sucking and chewing while doing daily activities to help themselves to relax and stay focused. All SentioChew includes a breakaway clip for safety. Organic cotton are hand-dyed and pre-washed.
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Plate with a spoon-deep depression around the edge, which, when mounted at mouth level allows a person with little or no arm function to feed independently. Describes a plate made of Kydex, about 10 inches in diameter, with a spoon-deep groove around its edge from which a person can take food. The plate is divided into four sections, and can be rotated to allow choice of foods. Provides instructions for fabrication, and criteria for use including oral
CUSTOM ADAPTATIONPURPOSE: To enable a child with mobility and eating disabilities to be taken out of the house for longer periods of time. A drip feeder (consisting of a bag with liquid nutrients, a battery-powered electric pump, and flexible plastic tubing between the bag, pump and child) is mounted on a child's stroller. The pump is mounted on a wood post attached to the center of a metal base bolted to across the back of the stroller frame. The diameter of the post is identical to that of the
The Sucup Care Feeding Aid is a drinking aid designed for use by individuals who are experiencing difficulty in feeding by traditional methods as a result of stroke, cancer or surgery. Its purpose is to restore dignity by allowing the user, of any age or ability to consume food cleanly, easily, and independently. The user is able to consume the lightly blended food by sucking on the large diameter straw, by gentle pressure on the mouthpiece or a combination of both of these methods. Sucup is spi
--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: Prone positioner for infants, intended to hold the child at 30 degrees after feeding to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Describes construction of a prone positioner using 24 by 36 inches of Orthoplast bent around and fastened at the corners, creating a 30 degree angle (to allow for the child's weight and compression), with the opening filled with dense foam. An 8 by 20 inch piece of Orthoplast is molded into a cone shape and fastened near the bottom e
The Thomas Steady Arm is an arm support for feeding and a writing aid designed for use by children or adults with disabilities causing arm and hand tremors. This unit eliminates and/or significantly controls tremors by supporting graduated vertical, horizontal, and circular movements. The unit mounts to any table top (other than glass) or to a wheelchair. The user's arm is placed in a trough-style arm holder and secured with straps, and the unit's three tension adjusters are set to counter tremo
The Tucker Sling is an infant positioning system for babies who need to be elevated while they sleep. The top of the sling fits snugly over one end of the crib like a fitted sheet or pillow case. The bottom portion of the sling fits the baby much like a safety harness or parachute rigging that goes between the baby's legs and wraps securely around the torso. The baby can be placed on his/her back, side or stomach (in supine, lateral, or prone position). Raising one end of the mattress to approxi
The Tumble Forms Feeder Seat is designed to provide secure trunk positioning and posturally correct seating for infants or children with physical disabilities while feeding, learning, or resting. The seats feature a contoured interior with a 90-degree seat-to-back orientation, a 45-degree hip strap, and a quick-release H-belt shoulder harness with slots allowing 4 inches of vertical adjustment. The seats may be used in a chair or stroller, on the floor, or on a parent's lap. The Tumble Forms' se
The Winsford Feeder is a height-adjustable powered feeder designed to enable individuals with quadriplegia or other upper extremity disabilities to independently feed themselves soup or any solid food that can be cut into small enough pieces . The height adjustment is accomplished using the large knob on the device. The unit includes a carrying case, a Corelle dinner-sized plate, a soup/cereal bowl, pusher, chin switch, glass holder, turntable, shelf, plug-in rocker switch, and drip pan. To eat
The Windsford Feeder With Case, model 124601, is powered feeder designed to enable people with upper extremity disabilities to feed themselves at their own speed. A slight head motion on the chin switch activates the motorized pusher that fills the spoon, which automatically moves to the mouth. Controlled rotation of the plate selects food for each mouthful. A bowl may be substituted for the plate by removing the plate and pusher and adding the turntable, shelf, and drip pan. A separate knob adj