CleverstiX.com was delighted to exhibit at the Dyspraxia Foundation’s AGM & ‘Back to Basics’ conference earlier this month. The event was attended by range of people affected by Dyspraxia/DCD including people with the condition, or their family members, to Occupational Therapists and SENCOs.
The day began with the charity’s AGM led by chair, Michele Lee, followed by a series of presentations from experts including Paediatric Occupational Therapist Dr Sally Payne, to Dyspraxia Foundation Vice-Chair Gill Dixon and aspiring trainee solicitor Jonathan Andrews who gave an inspiring talk about growing up – and succeeding in life – with Dyspraxia.
Our exhibit gained a huge level of interest, in both the CleverstiX, and the Clever Fork & Spoon set, with OTs and parents alike taking part in the ‘Jellybean Challenge‘ and taking stock of both our products. Speaker Dr Sally Payne, Occupational Therapist and Dyspraxia Foundation Trustee, had already been using CleverstiX since last year’s conference, but also took a keen interest in our new product too:
“We keep a set of CleverstiX in our assessment tool box and use these in a several ways. Sometimes a child is reluctant to put cutlery into their mouth because they don’t like the metal feel – CleverstiX offer a good alternative to a child using their fingers, which is often their default strategy. We hope that they’ll move on to cutlery in due course. We also use CleverstiX as a therapy tool to promote fine motor skills, especially the development of the tripod grip which we also the ‘best’ pencil grip. We use CleverstiX to play games like moving cotton wool balls from one pot to another as a timed challenge. Finally we also use CleverstiX as a means of observing a child’s motor planning skills. The equipment is often unfamiliar to them so it’s good to see if they can work out how to position it in their ands and use it to pick up and place objects.“
Dr Payne, who helped create the BBC CBeebies TV series “Tree Fu Tom“ for the purpose of helping children with their motor skills, also took some Clever Fork & Spoon set sample for evaluation:
“We are interested in trying out the new Clever Fork and Spoon set. I think some children might like holding the textured/rubber handles. We see a number of children who like eating pasta and I hope that they will be more successful when using the new fork and spoon so encouraging them to use cutlery rather than their fingers.“
Not only are we looking forward to Dr Payne’s full assessment but she was also kind enough to suggest some ideas for further product development so watch this space!
Huge thanks to Eleanor Howes, Jo Webb, Alex Bettey, Michele Lee and all at the Dyspraxia Foundation for making us so welcome!