Friday, July 31, 2009

Visual Recipes

Cooking is a favorite activity in many life skills and severe special needs classrooms. Here are some links to websites with picture recipes.

Make Your Own Custom Picture Recipes

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  1. Hi Kate,

    Your posts are so entertaining and informative! Thanks for all the useful information! My name is Erin, and I am a college student with mild cerebral palsy. I’m a special education major and have hopes of becoming a disability services director of a university after graduate school. I have just launched a blog that is still getting started, but with the title “Empowering People and Changing Lives,” I hope that it will provide a wealth of resources for people who care for children, specifically those who are affected by disability. I will also be chronicling some personal experiences and will be sharing some thoughts about those along the way. Your blog has also been included in my blogroll, so I hope that together, we are able to collaborate to provide resources to those who are in similar situations. The blog’s address is From there, you will be able to read the posts I have written, find out all about me, check out my blogroll, look at many resources I have gathered, and contact me.

    Look forward to reading many more of your posts! Happy blogging!

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere. You should check out BlogHer and some of the blogs over there <-- too.

    Best of luck.


  3. Glad that there is a comprehensive list of non-verbal/picture recipes.

    I first discovered the field in February this year, when I saw something about Picture Cooking. It started with a young lady named Dominique, and she and her brothers love to cook very much. Dominique's mother and brother's cookbook was on About Special Needs, run by Terri Mauro.

    Noticed that it does depend on the complexity and the adaptability of the book, as well as the cook! There are at least twenty instructions, for instance, for the strawberry shortcake.

  4. You find the best "stuff". Lots of new recipes to start the year with .

  5. Great idea. I teach life skills to special needs students age 12-15. We teach reading skills while the students are learning to cook. My co-teacher and I have taken recipes and divided them into step by step directions. It has been very successful with our students. We have also taken jar and dip recipes and divided those into step by step tasks. We sold these jars and dips to our school staff and made &800.00. If you are interesting e-mail me at

  6. Thank you for the information in your article. I teach special needs students cooking skills while practicing math and reading skills. These skills are very important to special needs students.Here is a great resource I use with my students it can be found at It really works I hope that it is helpful to you.

  7. Great idea it is so important to teach life skills to our students. I also teach life skills to special needs students at the middle school. We have a book that we use that is very helpful. It has step-by-step recipes and worksheets for all of the recipes. We use this book with high readers to non-readers. It works great for all of the students. If you want to take look at the book it can be found at:

  8. Thank you for sharing this information. I am observing at a school where the teacher received a mobile kitchen for the special education unit, but they never really get to use it. The teacher has not been able to come up with things to do with the students yet, but I'm going to pass this information onto her and I sure she will appreciate it! These life skills will be able to tie in perfectly with her functional curriculum.

  9. Great stuff here, thank you! I am a special ed teacher and started a blog a month ago to share what I do as well. Check it out, there may be something there you can use.


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