Combining the model of intensive in-home and in-community intervention used within the NJ Children’s System of Care and blending PGP’s unique spin on services to give kids, tweens, teens, young adults, parents/caregivers, and families an alternative space to meet – a bakery – to develop and strengthen skills to show them that they are more than their challenges ... because if you can handle the responsibilities of listening to the rules of the kitchen, baking a personalized cupcake, cleaning up the dishes, and waiting to dive into the treat - those are real life skills in action! Not to mention the discussions that naturally come about when whisking the ingredients or waiting for goodies to get baked.
Now we use the bakery as a meeting space and a true ‘backdrop’ for services to meet with our clients. We also meet in client’s homes, in their communities, and now, virtually with telehealth. The spirit of the program is the same. We use every day interventions to develop and strengthen skills – emotional regulation skills, life skills, social skills, frustration tolerance, family communication, to name a few.
*PGP is not a baking/cooking training program