Cooking School for People on the Autism Spectrum
Our cooking school began in 2002, providing top-quality instruction for adults and adolescents on the autism spectrum.
Finely-honed teaching methods raise our students’ abilities to impressive levels. It is no exaggeration to say that our students learn to cook far better than members of the general population. They prepare meals on the high-end of home cooking, displaying this skill wherever they reside—whether in the family home or an assisted-living arrangement. Some of our students have found jobs preparing food in restaurants.
Our service model engendering this success differs from many other adult services. We employ a one-on-one teacher-to-student ratio. Our teachers (known as coaches) all have prior, verifiably successful experience working with persons on the autism spectrum before joining us. We give additional training, specific to our cooking program, and provide opportunities to attend quality courses on ASD.
Beyond teaching our students how to cook really well, we use non-coercive strategies to help them overcome unhealthy eating habits.
Our cooking classes always culminate in shared meals, where conversation and social skills are cultivated.
We’ve hosted service providers from other cities—even from other countries—who want to learn how to run cooking classes like ours. In our cookbook, we set out step by step how to replicate our cooking school. Now anyone with a kitchen and the determination to help people on the autism spectrum have better lives can teach them how to cook really well.