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Additional Needs Mealtimes Advice

At Fledglings we offer a wide range of eating aids equipment to make mealtimes a little easier. 

Adaptive cutlery, crockery plates and drinking cups eating aids can offer a child or adult a range of solutions to help them eat and drink. Many people may have trouble with eating and drinking due to a wide range of conditions such as a reduced grip, restricted movement, lack of muscle control or sensory issues. The right equipment can make eating and drinking easier and allow a person to achieve more independence.

Adaptive Plates, Crockery and Eating Aids

Fledglings range of adapted plates and crockery is designed to make feeding easier and encourage independent eating at mealtimes.

We offer different type of plates and bowls, including weighted plates and plates with non-slip bases which will not slip so easily. We also have plates and bowls with raised sides, which make pushing the food onto a fork or spoon easier. While non-slip mats can stop plates and dishes slipping away from you as you eat.

Keep warm partitioned dish

Keep warm / partitioned dishes and high side plates

Some crockery is available with a water reservoir in them which allows hot water to be added. This will keep food warmer for longer - useful if a person needs more time to finish their meal. Alternatively, they can be used with cold water to keep food such as ice cream cooler. There are also partitioned dishes without the keep warm option if they are more suitable for those children who like to have food items separately. 

Then there are dishes with a raised edge on one side help the user push the food to the back of the plate and on to a fork or spoon. The higher side prevents the food being pushed off the plate. Equally high straight sides can help prevent falling off and making it easier to use cutlery. 


Special needs adaptive cutlery set


Special adaptive cutlery enables children to eat more independently. The Kura Care set with special contoured profiles are available for both children and adults alike. These help the user to to hold onto each item with more ease especially if they have a weaker grip.

The there are sets such as the EasiEaters Curved utensil set that is available both for right and left handed children. These are angled so less movement is required of the hand or arms.

Doidy cup in red

Drinking aids

The Doidy cup is just one option you can consider and is designed to help those moving on from a bottle. The slant reduces the need to tilt the head as much.

There are cups with built in straws, 2 handled cups with lids, mugs and lite cups. All specifically designed to make it easier for anyone with a disability to be more independent. 

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