Through our transition research, SBC has found that mastery of self-management skills is critical to maximum independence for young people with spina bifida. Cincinnati Children’s OTPT Transition Services is rolling out the Cooking and Meal Preparation group for adolescents and young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities ages 14+ as part of their Thrive Program to teach some of these important self-management skills.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision and direction of a skilled occupational therapist, participants will engage in group-based outpatient OT sessions focused on cooking and meal preparation. Specific content will be determined collaboratively with families and therapist but may include:
- General kitchen safety
- Understanding a recipe and measuring
- Identification and use of kitchen tools and appliances
- Following directions to make a simple snack or meal
For maximal benefit, caregiver participation is encouraged for this group!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Adolescents with developmental disabilities age 14 + who are interested in group intervention on topics related to skills in the kitchen. Each group will be limited to 6 participants. Requirements for participation include
- Have been seen for an OT evaluation within the past 6 months or complete an OT evaluation before group
- Have an established method of communication including receptive and expressive capabilities
- Able to follow multi-step directions with support
- Complete one 30-60 minute goal setting visit (telehealth) prior to first session
WHERE: Cincinnati Children’s – College Hill campus in the B-Building teaching kitchen (5642 Hamilton Ave.)
WHEN: 6 sessions total offered once a week starting Wednesday May 31st through July 12th from 2:00-3:30PM. Note – no session Wednesday June 28th
Please reach out to OTPT.Transitions.Thrive@cchmc.org with any questions you may have or to learn more.