“This remarkable book is a unique instructional tool with which direct support professionals and program directors can address two critical issues in working with adults with IDD: promoting healthy eating habits and teaching real-life skills that will develop greater independence and self-determination. Active Engagement is the program developed by the author and tested and proven through her years of teaching these skills successfully. Traditionally, people with IDD are the passive recipients of meals prepared by others. But everyone, regardless of ability level, should be able to make choices concerning the food they eat and to learn to prepare food or to actively participate in preparing food for themselves and others.
“Teaching these skills to adults with IDD requires a new instructional model, which this book provides. Active Engagement is based on a framework of good nutritional principles and evidence-based instructional practices, including individualization, direct instruction, and experiential learning. This is not a cookbook, although there are a number of adaptive recipes embedded as examples throughout….” -publisher
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