“Monkey See, Monkey Do”

Dear Readers,

Functional therapy tasks include cooking in the kitchen. Both children and adults alike can improve sequencing, reasoning, and following simple – complex instructions by incorporating recipes in goal-oriented tasks.

Cooking also creates an environment for socializing and natural scaffolding and prompting during sessions.

I have recently learned how to make monkey bread in a few easy steps (and tried this out with my patients). Everyone enjoyed making the dessert and eating it, too!

You can find the recipe below. With your younger patients, you can incorporate this into a jungle or wild animal themed treatment approach. Adult patients can give their baked goods as gifts to nursing staff or friends within the facility.




(Model the steps as necessary.)

What you will need:

  • Refrigerated biscuit dough ( 3, 12 oz packages)
  • Granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • Cinnamon (2 Tsp -feel free to add more)
  • Butter (2 sticks)
  • Brown sugar (1 cup)
  • Nonstick spray to cover your baking tin(s)
  • Baking tins
  • Small Ziploc bags


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut each uncooked biscuit into four pieces.
  3. Combine/mix sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag.
  4. Add biscuits to the bag and shake until they are covered in sugary goodness.
  5. Place pieces of biscuits in a greased baking tin.
  6. Melt butter and brown sugar in a microwavable safe bowl for 1 minute.
  7. Cover the top of your biscuits with the melted mixture.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 min or until done.

Bon appétit!

Brittany Fontenot, M.A., CF-SLP


“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
    the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”

Hosea 6:6

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