Sunflower Hill Winter and Spring Programs, beginning in February 2021, are designed for adults 18 years or older who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability. Our program offerings include in-person and virtual, live classes.

Our multi-disciplinary programs and activities are designed for adults with special needs (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, epilepsy, and other chromosomal abnormalities). While our programs are designed for people who are moderate-to-high-functioning, our seasoned staff work to make content and experiences accessible and inclusive to all ability levels. Working with program participants individually or in small cohort settings, our person-centered programs seek to offer each program participant opportunities to find success.


Virtual Live Programs

Cooking Class with Teacher Abby Registration Closed

Cooking Class with Teacher Abby is an engaging introduction to cooking at home; perfect for chefs of all ability levels! These interactive, live classes will build independent living skills through cooking discussions, teacher demonstrations, and group activities. Participants can either cook along with Teacher Abby who will provide step-by-step guidance during class time, or choose to enjoy and learn while watching the cooking demonstrations. All participants will engage in lessons that teach safe kitchen skills, how to read a recipe, how to measure ingredients, and how to prepare a cooking station. Recipes will introduce common cooking skills, building on those practices each week while highlighting seasonal garden produce for healthy eating habits. Participating chefs will be provided with weekly recipes, tips, and safe kitchen skills documents to encourage at-home independent practice. Classes are accessible to all ability levels and do not require caregiver attendance for participation.

Details

  • Each class will be virtual and will meet via Zoom, an online video conferencing service. There is no fee to use Zoom.
  • Participants can participate independently or with a caregiver’s assistance.
  • Each participant must have a computer or other internet enabled device and reliable access to the internet.

NEW! We are offering two uniquely-designed opportunities to cook with us from the comfort of your own home: an 8-week, extended skill-building class designed to teach new kitchen skills while growing participants’ confidence and joy in the kitchen, and a 4-week class for more advanced chefs, that is focused on creating simple meals for routine dining.

SESSION 2 – SIMPLE MEALS

Participants in our 4-week Simple Meals class will utilize basic cooking skills to prepare four nutritionally-balanced and easily repeatable weeknight meals. Meal prep will involve a wide range of kitchen skills, such as following a recipe, measuring ingredients, safe knife skills, working with heat, as well as multi-tasking to create a main and side dish. Our Simple Meals class is designed for chefs who are already comfortable working in their kitchen, have previously learned cooking basics, and who are eager to practice independent meal preparation. We are offering a morning and an afternoon class:

Tuesdays
10:00AM – 11:30AM

April 13, 2021 through May 4, 2021

Registration Fee: $75

Tuesdays
2:00PM – 3:30PM

April 13, 2021 through May 4, 2021

Registration Fee: $75


SESSION 1 – SKILL BUILDING – Registration Closed

Participants in our 8-week Skill Building class will engage in lessons that teach common kitchen skills, including how to read a recipe, how to measure ingredients, how to safely use a knife, and how to prepare a cooking station. Recipes will introduce cooking basics, building on those practices each week, while highlighting seasonal garden produce for healthy eating habits. In this exploratory kitchen class, you can expect to taste new flavors, receive individualized support to grow your abilities, learn to apply practiced skills to a variety of recipes, and gain the confidence necessary to be adventurous in your own kitchen. Our Skill Building class is perfect for new and intermediate chefs looking to begin or grow their experience. We are offering a morning and an afternoon class:

Tuesdays
10:00AM – 11:30AM

February 2, 2021 through March 23, 2021

Registration Fee: $150

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2021

Tuesdays
2:00PM – 3:30PM

February 2, 2021 through March 23, 2021

Registration Fee: $150

Registration Deadline: January 28, 2021


Free Online Activity Programs

 

We will continue to post our free Online Activity programming weekly on Monday and Thursday. Each activity is created to get participants moving, learning, or just stepping outside for some fresh air!


In-Person Programs

Hands-On Garden Groups – PROGRAM FULL

Our in-person, Hands-On Garden Groups meet at the Sunflower Hill Garden. The program offers person-centered programming for adults with developmental disabilities, providing opportunities to learn, explore, and engage in new and supportive ways. Led by knowledgeable staff with a passion for both people and plants, curriculum addresses educational, therapeutic, and life-skill topics to grow important independent living skills. Hands-On groups are uniquely designed to honor all ability levels and are smaller in size to guarantee intentional interaction, ensuring an environment that equips each person for success.

Each Hands-On Garden Group meets in-person, weekly on Wednesdays for a 12-week period. In response to COVID-19 safety guidelines, and in order to ensure safety when in the fields, Hands-On Garden Groups require participants to be accompanied by a caregiver/support staff to ensure a 1:1 ratio. Weekly tasks will be designed with individual participants in mind, allowing for a variety of garden tasking to appeal to all functioning levels. Tasks may include a range of gross and fine motor movements and a variety of standing, kneeling, lifting, and/or table tasks.

Details

  • Maximum of three (3) participant/caregiver pairs per group.
  • No cancellations for inclement weather. With small group sizes we have the ability to provide safe/distanced and meaningful indoor experiences. As always, individuals should make the best decision for their unique circumstances/needs.
  • Please review our Covid-19 Procedures and Guidelines prior to registration.
  • Hands-On Garden Groups meet outdoors and are exposed to seasonal weather conditions. Participants should plan to dress in layers and come prepared for the day’s forecast. Clothing should also allow for comfortable and safe movement in the space. Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and non-constricting clothing that may be exposed to dirt, mud, water, etc.
  • Participant’s caregiver/support staff should be a person who can attend each week with the participant and will be expected to fully participate and support the participant as needed during group time and work alongside them during garden task time.
  • Location: Sunflower Hill Garden at 455 Olivina Ave Livermore, CA 94550

Garden EXPERIENCE Group – FULL

The Garden Experience group is designed for people looking to be out-and-about in the Sunflower Hill Garden fields, and who possess a strong passion for experiencing all types of garden related tasks. The Experience group will learn about what type of work is imperative to keeping a garden growing, tools and skills employed in gardening, and enjoy extended time participating in field work practicing what they have learned. This group will have an opening “welcome” to discuss the days tasks and any new skills being learned, before diving in to dedicated time caring for the garden.

Garden ENGAGEMENT Group – FULL

The Garden Engagement group places an emphasis on exploring and learning about the garden as well as building community among participants and garden staff. The Engagement group is perfect for individuals eager to grow their plant knowledge, explore tasting new and healthy foods, are excited by engaging their senses in the natural setting of the Sunflower Hill Garden, and long to deepen friendships and experience a community connection. This group will have an engaging “welcome” and lesson time, including discussion and sensory exploration, along with ample time in the field participating in garden tasks.

Wednesdays
9:00AM – 10:30AM

March 3, 2021 through May 26, 2021
(no class April 7, 2021)

Registration Fee: $300

Wednesdays
11:00AM – 12:30PM

March 3, 2021 through May 26, 2021
(no class April 7, 2021)

Registration Fee: $300


Popcorn Chat With Teacher BeccaPROGRAM FULL

Pop some popcorn and join Teacher Becca each Wednesday afternoon for a middle-of-the-week treat and conversation! Designed to promote friendship and wellbeing, participants will catch up with one another, engage in interactive games, and more! Sunflower Hill’s Popcorn Chat with Teacher Becca is a unique, year-round program, created for a single, consistent group of participants who will progress through three stages of curriculum goals throughout the year. During a time when meeting in-person with friends has been limited, Popcorn Chat seeks to build confidence in virtually connecting with others. Led by Programs Manager, Becca Langstaff who holds a valid CA teaching credential, participants will engage in activities to build community and friendship, experience supported leadership, and learn the tools necessary to enjoy their own virtual, social independence.

Wednesdays FULL
2:00PM – 3:00PM

February 3, 2021 through November 17, 2021
No class: April 7 and June 30

Free

Fridays FULL
2:00PM – 3:00PM

February 5, 2021 through June 25, 2021
No class: April 9

Free


Cancellation policy: a full refund will be given if registration is cancelled one week prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after that.
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