Cooking and Nutrition
- Cleaning and preparing food for our own consumption as a group
- Learning the use of simple/complex kitchen items (toaster, microwave, mixers, blenders)
- Planning a meal and setting tables
- Cleaning and serving other clients
- Learning about the nutritional value of food
- Recycling paper and plastic products
- Creating compost with food waste
- Creating food product to sell such as vinegars, jams, flavored olive oils
- Learn about safety and use of kitchen tools.
- Create food that clients have grown and harvested, “From seed to table”
- Foster an understanding of nutrition and health
- Develop programming around each client’s strengths
- Grow edible foods, from seed to harvest
- Maintain flower and herb gardens
- Make compost out of organic waste
- Grounds Keeping: raking and gathering, using equipment that would help to maintain the property
- Use and maintenance of gardening equipment
- Propagate, transport of seedlings
- Working with equipment to create rows or beds for plants, preparing the soil, sowing the seeds.
- Weeding, watering, pinching, pruning and harvesting
- Bunching and labeling product to take to market (such as Community Sustainable Agriculture, Farmers Market or Restaurants
- Focus on task completion with measurable results
- Meaningful activities that are challenging and instructive, identifying clients “abilities”
- Providing structure and Routine with daily farm chores
- Working on fine and gross motor skills with intentional activities
- Feed and care for animals
- Carry, store and fill bins of feed
- Cleaning animal stalls daily
- Maintaining and dispersing composting into piles and garden
- Maintaining and cleaning barn areas, fences and pastures
- Collect eggs
- Grooming animals, brushing, washing, shearing for wool
- Clients will earn routines as they care for the daily chores on a working Ranch
- Having clients become more observational in their environment by asking the questions, “Why?”, “Where?”, “How come?” and “What’s next?”
- Work with clay, paint, wood and other craft ideas for therapeutic purposes
- Work with art mediums for purposes of resale or fundraising events such as yearly fairs or an Open House
- Woodworking: outdoor plant frames, birdhouses, raised beds, furniture
- Pottery and ceramics
- Candle making
- Working with dried flowers and vegetation
- To foster an appreciation for the process of creativity, while helping the client find an interest in certain art mediums as they are offered different opportunities.
- For clients to learn to follow simple or more complex instructions based on their abilities.
- Create a product that can be sold for monetary purpose, and personal satisfaction. Potential Job Skills Training.
- Computer and Internet Skills
- Word Processing and Computer Games
- Picture Communication
- Reading and Vocabulary Skills
- Math and Money Skills
- Writing Skills
- Learning to use CDs, VCRs, DVDs
- Offer the clients educational opportunities so that growth can continue in the Math/ Reading areas.
- Offer clients a comprehensive program including opportunities for them to advance their technological skills.
- Help clients broaden their interests in using and understanding the internet.
Occupational Therapy Program
- Daily Sensory Diet for each client that provides specific calming or energy affecting input that will help with the overwhelming stimulus in an Autistic Adults day
- Use of Sheet swings, Bends, Beanbag chairs, trampoline, weighted materials
- Brushing Techniques
- Auditory Therapy, Headphones, Rhythmic/Calming Music
- Sensorimotor Groups
- Yoga/Exercise/Dance Groups
- Isometric exercises
- State of the Art Occupational Therapeutic Setting
- To offer clients many different modalities to handle their daily sensory input.
- To create for each client an individual balanced program based on their specific needs. (Some adults will need more stimulus as others will need less.)