New York City— Match 1, 2018 — Four Spoons, a unique, multi-modal organization for children, teens and young adults has launched an inclusive summer program for teens ages 13 and older. The new program, Teen Summer Experience, provides social skills and executive functioning support through cooking, art, music and mindfulness. The Teen Summer Experience will run from July 9th-20th and is based in Midtown Manhattan near Penn Station.
Four Spoons Teen Summer Experience is born out of a collaboration between Kate Libby, MPS, and Ari Fox, LCSW-R. Kate Libby is a life skills coach with a background in art therapy and an avid chef who works with teens and young adults through her business Libby Creative Arts. Ari Fox is a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist and owner of Cope With School NYC, a psychotherapy practice on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
“We recognized the need for a program that helps children and teens learn important lifelong skills such as how to plan and cook a nutritious meal while encouraging them to explore their own strengths and creativity in fun and innovative ways,” said Fox. “Developmentally, adolescence is a period where self-discovery and identity formation are central. Four Spoons aims to encourage teens to test out new experiences and make connections in a supportive setting.”
Four Spoons is named for the four pillars (the “spoons”) of the program: independence, creativity, confidence and community. Participants will collaborate on the entire process of meal preparation (including budgeting and shopping), songwriting, and art-making, and will have time to relax and socialize in a warm and supportive setting. In addition to working on social skills, teens will strengthen executive functioning, practice positive risk-taking, increase flexibility, and learn mindfulness techniques.
“In our inclusive model, teens will work on accepting the differences and individual strengths that make their peers unique. The program is open to teens with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as their typically developing peers who may struggle with social anxiety or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), for example.” said Libby, “We’re being intentional about creating a fun and nurturing environment that will set our teens up for success collectively and individually.”
Four Spoons plans to add classes for younger children and young adults in the Fall.
For more information, visit Fourspoonsnyc.com.