My students need a blender, a toaster oven and a grill/griddle in order to create a cooking club that lets them learn social skills alongside their typical peers.
My students struggle with making and keeping friends. This is a typical situation with children on the autism spectrum, as they have difficulty noticing and interpreting social cues. Our challenge is to provide them opportunities to develop those social skills by interacting with typical peers.
My students are all diagnosed with severe autism.
They are educated in a self-contained classroom within the public elementary school. My students are included in the general education setting as much as is appropriate for each student. All of my students have challenges with making social connections due to their communication deficits.
Without a proper cooking facility the only way we can stage the cooking club is by acquiring a few small appliances, such as a toaster oven, blender and electric grill/griddle. Each of my students will prepare lunch with 2 of their grade level peers per week. They will read and follow a visual/picture recipe, cook it and eat it together in our classroom. This activity will benefit all of the students. They will work together to prepare the meal and then be able to chat while eating. The added benefits are working on literacy and math skills. While the activities will be fun for all of the children in the group, they will provide significant social skills development for my students.
My students light up when they see familiar peers throughout the day.
However, while their peers are very accepting and friendly, my students don't know how to sustain a positive interaction with them. This cooking club will give all of the students a positive interactive forum where social skills can be taught. Please help my students learn and feel more comfortable in a social setting.Read More
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|Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 10-Speed DuraBlend Blender - Black • Best Buy||$34.99||1||$34.99|
|Euro-Pro 0.6 Cu. Ft. Convection Toaster Oven - Black/Silver • Best Buy||$49.99||1||$49.99|
|Wolfgang Puck Reversible Grill and Griddle - Black/Silver • Best Buy||$99.99||1||$99.99|
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