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School of Medicine Columbia

Assistive Technology to Facilitate Independent Eating and Drinking

Type: Recorded Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free! (Registration is required.)


Participants must register to receive the recorded webinar and transcript.

About the Program

The webinar will provide an overview of the different types of dining systems that are commercially available and provide information about each system and its best application.  Also, the importance of hydration will be discussed and how a drink can be accessed by those who are unable to hold and lift a cup. There will be a question and answer session at the end of the demonstration.

Participants will learn:

  1. The health and safety benefits of independent eating
  2. The pros and cons of existing dining technology
  3. The value of early introduction to independent eating and drinking

About the Presenter

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Catherine Wyatt, Research Director for Mealtime Partners, Inc.

Catherine has spent the last 25 years specializing in the development of eating and drinking technology to ameliorate mealtime dependence.  As an integral part of the development of eating and drinking technology she has developed the necessary strategies to facilitate their use by a broad range of children and adults.  Ms. Wyatt served as Principal Investigator for three National Institutes of Health grants relating to the development and clinical evaluation of feeding technology.  Prior to working for Mealtime Partners she was Technology Coordinator for the Bioengineering Program at the Arc of the United States National Headquarters where she became involved in research, development and clinical evaluation of assistive technology to support independent eating and drinking for individuals who have physical and/or cognitive disabilities.  She is unique in her area of expertise.  



CART captioning is provided for all SCATP webinars. If you need an additional accommodation to participate, please contact us at least one week prior to the webinar via e-mail or by phone at 803-935-5263. 

All program webinars are recorded and archived on our training page.

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