VIDEO: Taking charge of dinner time

From almost the very start, Jordan has shown an independent streak.  She wants to do it all.  At some point, she has figured just about everything out.  If she needs help, she asks.  But most of the time, she wants to do it on her own.

What Jordan can and cannot do became the discussion as I sat down with our case manager from the local family services program, Boone County Family Resources.  The group helps with prosthetic and adaptive device grant money and it funds our visits to Camp No Limits Missouri.  I realized one of the tasks Jordan has a tough time with is cutting her food.  She knows how to use the side of her fork to cut things but sometimes that isn't enough.  Jordan has found ways to use knives but nothing is consistent.  Her case manager gave me links to various adaptive knife options and I picked out two.  One knife gives you the ability to rock the knife back and forth because it's curved.  The other is a little different.  It's a guillotine-like fork/knife combo.  It's safer than it sounds.  I'll let Jordan show off how it works:

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The knife-fork combo comes from a website called eSpecial Needs.  It's not cheap.  The site sells it for 83 dollars.  A cheaper option that Jordan is also working on using is the rocker knife.  It's much less expensive around 8 or 9 dollars and can go with the rest of your silverware collection.
I'm super thankful for our family resources program.  Our case manager meetings are a chance for me to really think about Jordan's needs.  I think offering her an adaptive knife was a worthwhile investigation.  She's super excited to be fully independent at dinner.