Art and cooking classes available for children with autism

Cooking and art classes for children with autism will be offered in March and April through the Kennedy Center’s Autism Project. Both programs will be held at the Kennedy Center Children’s Building, 4021 Main St., Stratford.

The Artworks program will meet on six consecutive Tuesdays, from 6-7:30 p.m., beginning on March 3. Participants will explore different types of mediums, including drawing, painting and mixed media.

Cooking Kids will meet on six consecutive Thursdays, from 6-7:30 p.m., starting March 5. Children of all ages and abilities with autism will learn cooking skills, kitchen safety, healthy eating habits, and a produce a “take home” cookbook.

Contact Jessica Sachse at 203-908-3915 or to register for either class. Both classes cost $155 for the six-week session.

Emma Genster, youth autism services coordinator at the Kennedy Center, said the arts “is a place where a child can expressive themselves in a unique way and build confidence,” and cooking is “another innovative way for children and teens to learn an important and lasting skill.”