Most people choose their dinner ware for the colors, patterns, and shapes. It’s an aesthetic decision. We want something that looks good when we eat.
For others, the right dish may not have a colorful pattern. Instead, it features a special lip that makes it easier to pick up food with the spoon. Scoop plates and bumpers give people with Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease, and other disabilities that affect motor skills the ability to eat independently.
Scoop plates have one section of the rim that ‘s elevated to give you a surface to “scoop” against with a utensil, making food easier to pick up. Food bumpers are translucent strips of plastic that can be used to give any plate similar scooping capability.
This is your standard scoop plate. It features a tall edge that curves inward and a non-skid bottom. One reviewer explains the independence this plate provides “For anyone who has a special needs child these plates are awesome! My granddaughter can eat on her own now and enjoy the freedom and success thanks to this plate.”
For those who like to dine out, the plate bumper attaches to a standard plate and offers similar scooping functionality. This curved plastic edge provides a vertical surface for the spoon to scoop against.
While the scoop plate and plate bumper are pretty simple devices; they allow people to eat independently. Sometimes the simplest designs make the largest impact.