The cooking group at Arbor Autism Centers provides participants the opportunity to prepare food together, collaborate during simple cooking tasks, and work on feeding skills with peers. This program helps participants develop life skills including sequencing, following directions, utensil use, eating/trying new foods, and dish cleanup. Language development is facilitated through problem solving, collaboration, and discussion.
Evidence-based techniques are used to support participants as they learn food preparation, cooking safety, and trying new foods throughout a series of guided small group sessions. Parents and caregivers will initially be encouraged to participate to support their child’s social communication and development of life skills. Parental supports will then be faded throughout the program to encourage independence.
To enroll your child in the Arbor Cooks Program, you will need to complete the new patient intake process (click button below) and have your child's primary care physician fax the following orders to 734-527-5981.