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Using Visual Recipes for Cooking & Baking

At a Glance

Visual recipes are another type of visual support, strategy, and accommodation.

Visual recipes help make a recipe more concrete and easier to sequence.

You can use visual recipes to serve a number of goals from cooking and baking skills to time together in the kitchen as a family.

Do you use visual recipes for cooking and baking? We love using these in the classroom, with clients who have cooking and meal prep goals, sharing with families to encourage meal time activities together, summer and holiday break activities, preparing autistic teens and young adults for living on their own, and more.

Visual recipes can be so incredibly helpful for making a recipe more concrete and easier to understand. We have to practice so many skills with cooking, from sequencing to the actual cooking/baking part, that it can be overwhelming and frustrating at times to be in the kitchen (we've been there!) So why not use a visual recipe as a visual support?


In this blog post, we'll cover the ways that a visual recipe can support you, your child / teen / adult, client, and more.

Help Identify Ingredients

Visual recipes use pictures to help identify ingredients, tools, & equipment. In cookbooks, you're lucky if you get more than one photo of the final product! 

Model Use of Tools + Equipment

The images in visual recipes can show how to use a tool or equipment (especially helpful if it is unfamiliar to you/your learner) for the recipe.

Show Measurements

It can be difficult to keep track of measurements, including what type of measuring spoons or cups to use as well as when measure ingredients during cooking/baking.

Break Down Steps Visually

Let's be real: sometimes recipe writing can be confusing, vague, and indirect. It can be super easy to get turned around in your own kitchen!

Tackle More Advanced Recipes

What seems like a difficult and super advanced recipe can be completely doable with visual recipes! At AGU, we delight in taking these challenges on!

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