Cooking as Therapy

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Curated by
Kristen Sachs
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Curated by
Kristen Sachs

Did you know that preparing food is a great way to work out your hands and arms when you have a spinal cord injury?

Matty is a C4 quadriplegic with limited hand function. Today he is making coconut buns for his family during an in-home occupational therapy session. His therapist and daughter are on hand to help!

First, all of the ingredients are measured out, and Matty pours them into a mixing bowl. Sometimes he uses adaptive grasping tools to help make this process a little easier.

Next comes the mixing. The therapist holds the bowl while Matty grips the spoon and stirs the mixture into a dough.

Now it’s time to knead then roll out the dough. Both of these is are great practice for increasing hand strength and coordination.

After the dough is cooking in a pan on the stovetop, the last step is to clean up. Matty grasps a sponge and begins wiping the counter. And at the very end, he gets some help from his daughter to make sure his hands are nice and clean.

Now all that’s left is to enjoy those delicious coconut buns!!

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