This is a bundle of lessons used with a group of middle/high school cooking social skills group. Students were early communicators. Some used speech and some used AAC. Lessons include LAMP icons for visual support.
The social skill focus for each lesson is briefly mentioned in the beginning (1-2 slides) and are often repeated for review (e.g. personal space and turning to face partners is repeated as in our group it was an area of need.) Then the ingredients are assigned to each student, the recipes are passed out and everyone must go around and collect what they need by requesting ingredients and materials from each other. It was important to stress to staff assisting in the room that students should be physically handing items to one another themselves. The idea is, our students have found their interactions with adults reinforcing because that is how their needs and desires are met. This was a way to construct an opportunity for them to go to peers for their needs and find tangible value in those interactions.
Social Skills Addressed:
-Orienting to Communication Partners
-Requesting from Peers
-Granting Peers' Requests
-Evaluating Activities ("Did you like it?")
-Making Plans for Next Time
-Waiting in Line
-Apple Pie in a Cup
-Strawberry Banana English Muffins
-Jello Pretzel "Salad" (I know it might seem gross but they loved it!)
-English Muffin Pizzas
-Ants on a Stick (/Log)
-Ice Cream Sundae
(I realize these are not the healthiest snacks, but I've seen what happens to healthy cooking activities with my groups - motivation is low and I watch money and perfectly good fruits, vegetables, and whole grains go right into the garbage. I just try to keep portions small.)