Published May 08, 2017 16:48
In partnership with Penticton EXCEL, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Penticton is running cooking classes for youth with autism. The classes are a part of a new cooking program run out of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Penticton.
The program is run by the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Family Outreach Coordinator, Michelle. She takes a patient approach with program participants and accommodates their needs. “Sensitivity to onions was something many participants had in common, so we modified recipes to alleviate that issue and others,” said Michelle.
In addition to Michelle, the program is aided by two EXCEL support workers who ensure that participants are following instructions safely. “The support workers are a big help to the youth,” said Michelle. “We could not run this program without them.”
As the program has progressed, youth have become more confident in their cooking abilities. Meat, vegetables, and baking have all been covered. Youth have begun experimenting with flavor profiles by making creative salad dressings.
Michelle is excited for the next set of classes to come in June. Thanks to participant feedback, Michelle will be including pancake and pizza recipes in the course. For more information on the program, contact Michelle at 250-493-0512 ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Penticton EXCEL:
Penticton EXCEL is a non-profit learning centre that supports, educates, and challenges students with high-functioning autism by augmenting BC Ministry of Education curricula with life-skills and social-skills training. Qualified, caring, and understanding educators, working in a sensory-sensitive environment, implement individualized programs based on current best practices and principles.