This is an instruction on how to make an assistive dining device for people with limited or no arm strength (such as Muscular Dystrophy or ALS) but still have hand movement. The assistive device (Schleeder) is designed to work with spoon and bowl (so only limited to soup or stew). The instruction is created for Occupational Therapist or those whose loved one may be benefited from this device.
This is an on-going prototype. It may not work for everyone. It is intended to Make and use this device at your own risk.
This is part of the Medical & Assistive Device design project in the spring of 2010 at the Emily Carr University (Vancouver, BC). My project was aimed to help people living with limited or no arm strength to gain some dining independence. I hope to get feedback from users so that the device can be improved upon.
Step 1: Ingredient
1) Seat Belt Webbing - 1 to 2 M, from Mountain Equipment Coop (www.mec.ca).
2) Velcro Tape - from Fabricland (www.fabricland.ca/).
3) Fabric for tabs - I picked polyester for ease of cleaning.
4) Heavy Weight Thread - to sew Velcro and tabs to the webbing.