Cooking with children can provide many beneficial learning experiences. We can cover a range of learning and development areas by planning for children to partake in regular cooking activities.
For children with special needs, cooking can be an opportunity to increase independence, put basic academic skills to use in a functional way, and an opportunity to learn how to eat healthy. There are many aspects of cooking that can help children improve in different areas of life.
NEARLY 1/5 OF ALL AMERICANS
More than 54 million men, women and children — have a physical, sensory or intellectual disability, according to the National Organization on Disability.
6.2% OF CHILDREN AGES 5 TO 15, OR 2.8 MIL KIDS, HAVE DISABILITIES
One out of 9 children under the age of 18 in the US today receive special education services. (The U.S. Census Bureau).
1 IN EVERY 26 AMERICAN FAMILIES
Reported raising children with a disability. An estimated 2.8 million families, 1.3 percent, reported raising two or more children with a disability (“Disability and American Families:”, US Census Bureau Report).
Households containing at least one family member with a mental disability are also marked by the highest poverty rate, 32 percent, within the U.S. (Erickson, W., & Lee, C. Disability Status Report: United States.)