Carrie uses TV and movies (probably to an unhealthy degree, but we’re doing the best we can) to help her learn what to do in various situations. Today’s fun involved the movie Kung Fu Panda. She came in and announced that she needed to eat tofu noodle soup for lunch because “we’re noodle folk, the broth runs deep through our veins.”
Oddly enough, that was easy for me to pull off. I had just bought gluten-free noodles and tofu, which could be why she thought of it. I paired it with a little gluten-free bouillon, and soup was served. But then she announced she needed to eat it with chopsticks like the Panda does. I couldn’t convince her that the panda is not only Chinese and has been eating soup with chopsticks for his entire life, but that he’s also animated and eating soup with chopsticks works on TV.
There was another problem: Carrie can barely work a fork. Chopsticks really just haven’t been on her radar and she’s really not adept at using them for any food, let alone soup.
Adaptive technology to the rescue!
Yes, that’s Carrie eating noodles and tofu with my bamboo toaster tongs. It worked. She finished the soup part with a straw, but so what? She got fed, she felt a real sense of accomplishment, she enjoyed acting out something she had seen in a movie she loved, and I didn’t have that much mess to clean up. It was a win all around.
It would have been horrifically tempting to tell her no, to just say, “You don’t like soup,” or “We don’t have chopsticks, just use this spoon.” But then everything Carrie got out of this experience would have been voided in one tired-out sigh from mom. Sometimes we jump through hoops, and other times it’s just not possible. But today, it was a noodle soup victory.