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Cutting with a knife and fork

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Cutting with a knife and fork is more difficult than many people realize.  It requires good knife grip and positioning, which involves motor planning.  You must also exert the right amount of pressure on the knife, which involves sensory perception.

cutting with a knife web

Good toys for working on cutting with a knife are those Wooden Cutting food toys that are velcroed together and you have to cut them apart.  They provide the resistance required to work on putting enough pressure on the knife to cut through the resistance of the food.

cutting fruit

Materials:

  • Knife
  • Food
  • Toy cutting food

Skills:

  • ADLs (feeding)
  • Cutting with a knife

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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