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Performing kitchen activities with arm and hand differencesPPerforming kitchen activities with arm and hand differencesPerforming kitchen activities with arm and hand differencesEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)Arm;NeckNAHealthy living and preventionTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-12-20T05:00:00Z10.400000000000057.0000000000000580.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn from young people with arm and hand differences about how they perform meal preparation and dining activities in their own way.</p><h2>Meal preparation and cooking</h2><p>Many young people with arm and hand differences use adaptive strategies and aids in the kitchen to help them prepare meals, cook and dine-in or out.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>There are a variety of adaptive techniques and aids you can use in the kitchen to help you to keep objects steady and/or perform tasks with one or two limbs.</li><li>There are many ways you can adapt to performing different tasks in the kitchen. Find what works best for you!</li></ul><h2>At SickKids</h2><p> <strong>SickKids Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic</strong><br><a href="https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinical-departments/plastic-reconstructive-surgery/#programs">https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinical-departments/plastic-reconstructive-surgery/#programs</a></p><ul><li>Congenital Upper Limb Differences Program</li><li>Brachial Plexus Palsy and Nerve injuries clinic</li></ul><p>For more information on the Embracing Our Differences series, email: <a href="mailto:hand.arm@sickkids.ca">hand.arm@sickkids.ca</a>.</p><h2>Resources<br></h2><p> <strong>The CHAMP Program</strong><br><a href="https://www.waramps.ca/ways-we-help/child-amputees/">https://www.waramps.ca/ways-we-help/child-amputees/</a></p><p>The Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program offers comprehensive services to child amputees and their families, including financial assistance, regional seminars and peer support.</p><p> <strong>Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Prosthetic Department</strong><br><a href="https://hollandbloorview.ca/our-services/about-your-visit/virtual-tour/prosthetic-services">https://hollandbloorview.ca/our-services/about-your-visit/virtual-tour/prosthetic-services</a></p><p>The Holland Bloorview Prosthetic Services Department provide custom-fitted devices and innovative solutions for clients who were born without a limb or who have lost a limb due to injury or health conditions. They offer a full range of services, including assessment, prescription, custom manufacturing, training and repair of prosthetic devices.</p>

 

 

 

 

Performing kitchen activities with arm and hand differences4004.00000000000Performing kitchen activities with arm and hand differencesPerforming kitchen activities with arm and hand differencesPEnglishAdolescentTeen (13-18 years)Arm;NeckNAHealthy living and preventionTeen (13-18 years)NA2021-12-20T05:00:00Z10.400000000000057.0000000000000580.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Learn from young people with arm and hand differences about how they perform meal preparation and dining activities in their own way.</p><h2>Meal preparation and cooking</h2><p>Many young people with arm and hand differences use adaptive strategies and aids in the kitchen to help them prepare meals, cook and dine-in or out.</p><h2>Key points</h2><ul><li>There are a variety of adaptive techniques and aids you can use in the kitchen to help you to keep objects steady and/or perform tasks with one or two limbs.</li><li>There are many ways you can adapt to performing different tasks in the kitchen. Find what works best for you!</li></ul><h2>Aids</h2><p>There are a variety of adaptive aids you can use in the kitchen to help you with meal preparation and dining. Below are just a few of many aids that are available to you:</p><ul><li>Anti-slip mats placed underneath objects to prevent sliding</li><li>One-handed bread holders (raised edge of the board will stop the bread from sliding)</li><li>One-handed cutting boards (spikes secure round objects in place while cutting)</li><li>Bagel cutter</li><li>One-handed can or jar opener</li><li>Universal cuffs to aid in holding/gripping (a utensil is put inside the pocket and the cuff is secured around the hand)</li><li>Built-up handles and adapted utensils (a thicker handle allows for a stronger grip)</li><li>Suction brushes (the brush is suctioned to the bottom of the sink to scrub dishes)</li></ul><h2>Adaptive strategies</h2><p>The way that you perform tasks in the kitchen is unique to you and your particular hand or arm difference. There is no “right way” of doing these tasks; do them the way that works the best for you! Watch the video below to see how Johanna, a young woman with a brachial plexus injury, adapts to the task of opening a jar.</p><h3>Opening a jar: Embracing Our Limb Differences – Johanna<br></h3><div class="asset-video"> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6_NY0AenZZg" frameborder="0"></iframe> <br> </div><p>Johanna is a young adult with a left brachial plexus birth injury who struggled to open jars that were tightly sealed. She demonstrates how she overcame this challenge by wrapping a wide elastic band around the lids to help her grip while opening jars.</p><p>There are many ways you can adapt, like Johanna, to performing different tasks in the kitchen. Check back to this page to watch other videos on how other young people with arm and hand differences perform various tasks in the kitchen.</p><p>To view the entire Embracing Our Differences library, click <a href="https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjJtOP3StIuUy1XfS9MxGrWZ38ifea3LM">here</a>.</p><h2>Tell us what you think</h2><p>Please click on the survey below to let us know if these videos were helpful:<br><a href="https://redcapexternal.research.sickkids.ca/surveys/?s=NX4DHTKTRL">Post Video Survey</a></p><h2>At SickKids</h2><p> <strong>SickKids Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic</strong><br><a href="https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinical-departments/plastic-reconstructive-surgery/#programs">https://www.sickkids.ca/en/care-services/clinical-departments/plastic-reconstructive-surgery/#programs</a></p><ul><li>Congenital Upper Limb Differences Program</li><li>Brachial Plexus Palsy and Nerve injuries clinic</li></ul><p>For more information on the Embracing Our Differences series, email: <a href="mailto:hand.arm@sickkids.ca">hand.arm@sickkids.ca</a>.</p><h2>Resources<br></h2><p> <strong>The CHAMP Program</strong><br><a href="https://www.waramps.ca/ways-we-help/child-amputees/">https://www.waramps.ca/ways-we-help/child-amputees/</a></p><p>The Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program offers comprehensive services to child amputees and their families, including financial assistance, regional seminars and peer support.</p><p> <strong>Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Prosthetic Department</strong><br><a href="https://hollandbloorview.ca/our-services/about-your-visit/virtual-tour/prosthetic-services">https://hollandbloorview.ca/our-services/about-your-visit/virtual-tour/prosthetic-services</a></p><p>The Holland Bloorview Prosthetic Services Department provide custom-fitted devices and innovative solutions for clients who were born without a limb or who have lost a limb due to injury or health conditions. They offer a full range of services, including assessment, prescription, custom manufacturing, training and repair of prosthetic devices.</p>