Sunflower Bakery offers four, one-week summer baking classes for teens 14-18, with a variety of learning disabilities, ADHD, high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. These classes are a wonderful opportunity to experience baking in a professional kitchen, while learning basic baking skills, safe food handling and kitchen safety.
Topics covered include following recipes, measuring and weighing ingredients, using equipment and tools, piping, mixing, scooping, rolling and cleaning. Teens are also introduced to “soft skills” such as following directions, sharing equipment/tools, appropriate communication, focusing and being a team member. On Fridays, parents are invited to see their teen’s creations.
Classes are 1:00-3:30pm daily M-F at our kitchen in Gaithersburg. Dates for Summer 2017:
Screening criteria are necessary to ensure the safety of everyone. Potential risk factors include: uncontrolled seizures, difficulties with balance, controlling anger or frustration, sensitivity to sensory irritants, and/or inability to remain standing throughout the 2½-hour class. If a student requires 1:1 assistance, a personal support staff person may attend the class. Generally, teens are expected to participate as one of 6 students with an instructor-chef and two assistants.
Please complete the Participant Application form to apply. When your application is received, we will contact you for an interview. A brief intake is required which is scheduled in advance. Please contact Sara Portman Milner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteers 16 years and older help participants learn to bake. To apply, submit the Volunteer Application Form.
“Connor was fully immersed in the program and looked forward to attending each day. We were extremely happy that he wanted to go … and … more pleased when he came home very enthusiastic .. I truly thank you for taking the time to immerse him in a teaching environment and expose him to a possible career path.”