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I love everything related to food!  (It might be my real passion.)   I love reading cookbooks, watching TV cooking shows, experimenting with recipes, planning dinner parties, browsing through specialty food stores, listening to food-based podcasts (LOVE America’s Test Kitchen) and acquiring all sorts of cooking gadgets and appliances.  My most recent purchase was a pizza stone and pizza peel so that I could finally master the perfect, crispy thin-crust home-made pizza!

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I combine cooking with AAC Intervention.  For the past 6 months, I’ve been compiling easy-to-make recipes and “coring them out” as a strategy for teaching core vocabulary, as well as the pragmatic function of directing others.  During the cooking activity, I state the original direction and then “core it out” so that the students can tell someone what to do.   “Preheat the oven” becomes “make it hot before you put things in.”   And “evenly spread it across the top” becomes “put the same all over the top.”   Fruit Pizza is one example of what I’ve done!

Fruit Pizza

Many of my recipes are tried and true family favorites.   My nieces and nephews will gobble up a batch of “Crocodile Bars” and my sister-in-law will light up when she hears I’ve made “Milk Dud Torte” for Sunday lunch dessert.  A while back, I brought a dozen “Pistachio Energy Bites” for the lifeguards who watch over me during my early morning swim – and they were gone before I finished my laps!  During AAC Intervention, the students and staff members have all enjoyed being part of a session when cooking has been involved.  Cooking with Core is a very motivating strategy for communication partner training!

Do you use cooking with students as part of your AAC intervention?  If you do, I would love to hear from you.  What are some of your favorite recipes?  Share them with me and I’ll core them out for you!  (Already – Thank you to Karen Kangas for sharing your Apple Cake recipe with me.  It is fabulous and so easy!)

I can’t wait to hear how you are Cooking with Core in your AAC intervention!