Some Nifty Hardware
Jen discovered some stuff, of which I was of course blissfully unaware (though I recently discovered how to add props to my Avatar in X-Box Live), regarding tools to help Bennett learn to eat. Even though they are made of the Evil of Man known as Plastic, they are very functionally designed for that extra push that kids that need a little help figuring out the whole spoon/fork thing require.
Now keep in mind. We started using this a week ago. He had no ability at all to feed himself with a fork and spoon without us having to load each spoonful or forkful, and of course the plate/bowl had to be constantly held down by a nearby parental unit. These place-mats suction to the surface of the table, the bowls suction to the cup on the placement. Pull the release, bowl come up, peel up place-mat, wash. The utensils have extra curvature to help keep the foods from spilling out. We tried it with Cheerios in milk and he actually did very well.
Frankly, this session (of which you saw but a small portion) I filmed was a C+ for him, I've seen him do way better than this. But I liked the fact that his 'tude was good and he did some sound mimicry which is also very good to see.
Anyway, focusing on the positives, not the negatives. Has he spent most of the rest of the evening screaming in some kind of state we can't figure out? Yeah. I do not know what he needs and he can't tell me. But I'll manage. I enjoyed the dinner, and I'll be screaming during Monday Night Football and he'll be the one who'll have to cope with that.