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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Webinar - Resolving Common Problems for Individuals with IDD in Learning to Cook


Date: February 7, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST


Each person with IDD has unique challenges and abilities; consequently, there is no single path to development of authentic and generalizable cooking skills for this population. At the same time, there are common difficulties that are manifested across this cohort and which can be anticipated – and addressed -- when designing appropriate activities. 

These include: 
Difficulties in opening food packaging: A range of options will be offered for opening common products as well as traditional and pull-top cans. 
Difficulties in mixing ingredients: Though a simple action, many individuals with motor challenges will need special methods to grasp the needed motion and the presentation will offer several. 
Challenges in learning how to safely chop and cut ingredients: The presentation will briefly overview some of the most effective means for teaching prep skills with minimal risk. 

Over-reliance on others to complete tasks: Independence is often hindered for those with IDD by well-meaning staff and caregivers. Several methods for overcoming this barrier are addressed. 

It should also be noted that traditional text-based recipes are a significant obstacle for many in learning to cook given minimal literacy skills, difficulty in multi-step processing, and issues with 
cognitive functioning. The presentation will briefly explain how Active Engagement bypasses this problem through use of a pictorial cueing system in lieu of conventional recipes.
Register here.