The Wonder Bakers
The Wonder Bakers program is design to teach people with AWEtism the necessary skills to create a product and sell it back to the community. As one of life skills programs, baking is a fun way to teach kids necessary skills while having fun along the way.
Benefits of baking therapy and our entrepreneurial baking program for people with AWEtism:
- •improves hand-eye coordination
- •improves fine motor skills
- •develops a better understanding of spacial concepts
- •teaches mathematics
- •develops planning skills and forward thinking
- •improves self esteem by learning new things
- •creates understanding of cost of goods and price mark ups
- •creates and develops community social interactions (interacting with customers)
- •teaches how to work a register
- •develops and improves skills necessary for potential employment
How It Works
As a new center, we are always looking for ways to improve and listen to feedback from our community. While the information here is provided as a general guideline, it may change as we continue to develop and grow.
Classes are Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30. Children can attend with their registered behavior technicians. The program is a 4 week program that will focus on the basics and foundations of baking and entrepreneurial skills. We will then use this class to build a more dynamic course that students can then “graduate” into to learn more advanced skills, however this more advance class is currently being built.
After the 4 week course, participants will be given a certificate of completion.
About Rainey Thomas – Baking Program Teacher
Raney is a Jacksonville native and married her high school sweetheart. Raney studied Applied Behavior Analysis and received her master’s degree in psychology at FSU. She went on to become a BCBA.
Raney has over 10 years experience working with children with special needs. In order to spend more time with her family after COVID-19, she became a stay-at-home mom and started her own in home baking business.
Whisk + Joy was created with a love of Christ and the community in mind. Raney brings a unique combination of experience as an instructor for the baking classes. Her experience in special needs and as a BCBA allows her to teach baking concepts and skills in a way that is practical, meaningful and effective for children with special needs.