Step-by-step Cookbook for children with additional needs

The book has been created by children with brain injury and includes recipes to be enjoyed by all the family.

The Children's Trust has produced an ‘easy to follow’ recipe book, developed by children and rehabilitation therapists, for the whole family to enjoy. The ‘Step-by-step Cookbook’ has been created with assistance from young people at The Children’s Trust, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, who have tested out the recipes. Using simple icons to show equipment and ingredients needed, and steps to tick off with a wipeable marker, the cookbook features 16 recipes. Recipes include cheesy pasta, mini quiches, keema curry and lemon drizzle cake. It also provides information on healthy eating, specialist equipment available and cooking tips. The idea for the recipe book was formed as therapists recognised a need for more accessible recipes. One young person who contributed to the book was 11-year-old Joey who received rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust following a brain haemorrhage in 2018. He said: “I love creating my own food and then eating it of course! The cookbook has been great to use as I can easily see what ingredients I need and then follow the steps to find out what’s next.” Sharon Tuppeny, Head of Therapy- Rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust, added: “Cooking has many benefits for children with additional and learning needs such as planning the task, developing motor skills, the social aspects and a sense of achievement. Participation in everyday activities is central to our approach at The Children’s Trust and the recipes we’ve included in the book are all used as part of the rehabilitation programme. The young people have really enjoyed following the recipes. It’s a great way to keep busy during the summer holidays whilst also gaining independence. The Children’s Trust publishes a number of books to help families and teachers, all available free of charge with P&P costs only. 
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