What kinds of Cups and kits are available for special needs children?
Unlike normal people, special needs kids face a little drinking difficulties when it comes to using the regular cups. It is for this reason that drinking aids with special features have been made for such children. There are many reasons as to why such children cannot drink properly from a regular cup. First of all, many kids who have autism have difficulty gripping the cups. They need handles, which will require the least complicated of grips. Next, there are many who have difficulty in titling their heads while drinking and hence end up in spilling the drink. It can be a source of embarrassment and humiliation for the kid, which might lead to an anxiety attack. Thirdly, there are kids who face difficulty in swallowing the drink and hence dribble it down their front. For them there are special straw inserted cups, which can solve their problems to a large extent. Such drinking aids provide a sense of self-dependence which is much appreciated for the special kids. Here are a few such cups and kits, which are dedicated to providing a better lifestyle to special children-
- Spill proof cups- These cups helps the kid to drink without having to think about spilling the drink or fumbling with the cup. The handle available with the cup makes it easier for the kids to grip the cup with the least possible effort. Moreover, it has a spill proof cap, which prevents any spillage of liquids even if it is totally upturned. Moreover, you can also insert a straw in the cup in order to facilitate drinking. It is totally latex free and is hence safe for the children.
- Cut out cups- These cups are provided with a cut-out so that the kids do not have to extend their necks in order to drink. It is especially helpful for those kids who face problem in swallowing if they tilt their head back. The cut out cups have a softer lip due to which you can squeeze it to narrow down the lip and enhance the drinking process. It is mostly transparent and so you can observe the liquid you are pouring.
- ARK’s basic bear bottle kit- This drinking bottle in the form of a bear is the cutest way to encourage special children to suck and swallow. Kids who have sucking problems can easily learn it with this special drinking aid. Most special kids have a tendency to bite the straw and crush it. But it is not possible with this drinking aid as the straw is made from bite resistant material and will hardly give into their crushing procedure. Also the drinking aid is not made from any harmful material and hence your child’s wellbeing is in safe hands.
- ARK’s sip tip cups with select flow valve- These feeding cups are absolutely an innovation in the special drinking aids. There is a small air release button at the side of the cup. Whenever you press this button while making your kid drink, the cup will release a small controlled amount of liquid.