Differentiated Learning with Raddish
Picky Eaters and Proud Kids
“I'll sing the praises of Raddish Kids until I'm blue in the face if it helps someone else in our situation ... Raddish is amazing for our picky eater (it's beyond picky, actually ... he sees an occupational therapist for his "picky" eating). But when a box comes and he helps to prepare the dish, he'll try it without hesitation.”
Children with Autism are five times more likely to have challenges at mealtime with narrow food selection and ritualistic eating behaviors. We know that textures and sensory issues play a big role in food anxieties for kids, and believe that “kids who cook, eat”. The Raddish experience – a box addressed to the child arriving in the mail, the fun and creative monthly theme, the patch and culinary tool – all help foster a constructive approach to food and eating. Cooking and baking for others is hugely gratifying -- for anyone! For a child with difficulty experiencing success in a “traditional” way – in the classroom, on the soccer field, or on stage -- the triumph of creating a batch of cookies for a neighbor or a birthday burger for a parent is akin to scoring a goal or acing a test!
Raddish has been used in transitional and life skills classrooms, by speech therapists and feeding specialists, and by young adults with intellectual disabilities. It is a recommended resource by organizations that support students with disabilities such as the Florida Department of Education Gardiner Scholarship and Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account Program.
“Our girl happens to be on the Autism spectrum. Raddish is perfect fun to help her learn life skills that she will need to be independent, healthy, happy and whole. We LOVE being in the kitchen as a family and better yet is the joyful smile on her face as she gets bragging rights about the delicious food she creates with the help of Raddish!”