Learning in the Kitchen is fun way for children to participate in occupational therapy, explore and play while cooking and enhancing important skills for life including fine motor coordination, motor planning, executive function, sensory integration, social interaction skills, safety awareness and following directions. This protocol has been developed by occupational therapist Margarita Cunha with the support of Angelina Gross occupational therapy assistant to promote independence in children starting as young as 4 years of age all the way to young adults at 21. The main purpose of “Learning in the Kitchen” is for children of all ages to have fun, enjoy, play and create while learning functional skills for life.

Our activities have been designed for all kind of children including typically developing children, children with medical complex diagnoses and/or with disabilities.

The sessions are grouped by age. Each group works in skills that are age appropriate to their level of function. In other words, the goal of the younger classes may be sensory integration while older children may target working memory or life skills. We use safe kitchen instruments and safe recipes to ensure your children are always guarded.

Completing a recipe increases children’s confidence and their sense of self accomplishment. Increases independence and self-direction. It also promotes problem solving, following steps, and sequencing.

  • Fine motor skills,eye-hand coordination, bilateral integration are enhanced while chopping, mixing, squeezing, and spreading.
  • Cooking promotes academic skills such as counting, measuring, following a sequence, and cause and effect.
  • Cooking is a great opportunity to enhance creativity, safe explorations, and language development.

Our services can be paid out of packet or via different grants including Step Up for Students if your child qualifies.

Diagnoses that qualify for Unique Abilities Scholarship:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Being a high-risk child
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Emotional or a behavi oral disability
  • Hearing impairment, including deafness
  • Hospital or homebound
  • Identification as dual sensory impaired
  • Intellectual disability
  • Language impairment
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Other health impairment
  • Phelan-McDermid syndrome
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Rare diseases
  • Specific learning disability
  • Speech impairment
  • Spina bifida
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual impairment, including blindness
  • Williams syndrome
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