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Eating meals - hints and tips

Mealtimes are important: family mealtimes are when children can copy the grown-ups using cutlery, learn social skills and promotes sensible eating habits.

Here are some ideas and activities to promote the development of mealtime skills.

Pre-eating activities and games

The following activities require coordinated use of both hands and are similar skills required for
using cutlery effectively. They can be practiced in a playful way to develop hand skills. This should
also support more successful use of cutlery during self-feeding.

Child sitting at a table using a feeding tube