WHY OUR MODEL WORKS
Cooking with children can provide many beneficial learning experiences. We cover a range of skills through cooking activities such as fine motor skills, basic academic skills, and soft skills such as teamwork and communication. For children with special needs in particular, cooking is also an opportunity to increase independence and be introduced to new types of foods. Children, and especially children with special needs, can avoid foods based on textures and colors, which often rules our a variety of fruits and vegetables. However, being involved in the cooking process increases the likelihood of children trying new foods and adding more vegetables to their diets. Not only that, but cooking can also increase a child’s level of confidence and self esteem when they see (and taste!) their delicious finished creation!
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.)