NSSA Week in Review: August 13-17

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It was Spirit Week here at NSSA! The last week before program breaks we like to have a little fun and dress in a different theme for each day.

Monday was Character Day, where students, clients and staff dress wear a logo tee representing a favorite character.

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Everyone’s favorite, Tie Dye Day, was Tuesday.

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Some recreation time at Adult Services.

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S. using the postage meter to finish the Adventureland flyer mailing. Are you coming? It’s Friday, September 28, from 6:30-9:30pm.

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Through a grant awarded by Autism Speaks, NSSA was able to host a two-day workshop entitled Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders for School District personnel from Long Island school districts.

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R. washing veggies for the Salad Shoppe.

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Adults do a yoga class for some relaxation.

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Classroom 1 went to an end-of-year party at a classmate’s house!

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And a last day of summer program field trip to Adventureland for some adult clients.

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We had a great, active summer here at NSSA and now it’s time for a program break. Hope everyone enjoys their time off…and we’ll see you back here in September!

 

 

We Are Family

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Every year NSSA holds a special “Sibling Day,” when families and friends are invited to spend a fun day with students, clients and staff. Siblings have a chance to interact with their own brothers and sisters, and to meet up with other siblings and family members like themselves.

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It was another scorcher last week for this year’s Sibling Day, but students, clients and families made the best of it by playing on the giant bouncy waterslide, splashing in the pool and lunching in the shade.

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The playground was put to good use, as well.

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The NSSA Parent Association treated students and clients to a delicious lunch from the Eat Me, Drink Me food truck, while staff enjoyed a hero and accompanying sides.

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Everyone loved the prize wheel and photo area.

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Families and friends mingled and enjoyed watching the children (even the adult ones!) having a fun day.

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The ice cream truck rounded out the day with ice cream for all.

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We love all the excitement and happy faces on Sibling Day – we hope you do, too!

NSSA Week in Review: July 16-20

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We started the week with a visit from Ginny Green from Autism Speaks who delivered a plaque regarding a grant they awarded NSSA for Building the Field and Scope of Educators Supporting Children with Autism. Thanks, Autism Speaks!

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The week started out hot so some of the adult clients came over to cool off in our pool…

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…and later to indoor air-conditioned glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

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Students did more tie-dying in preparation for Brew-B-Q.

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Adult clients were given the job of weeding this raised bed at the Elija Farm. Look at the great job they did! Great teamwork, everyone!

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J from NSSA’s Green Team came to pick up the shredding and recyclables from the Martin C. Barell building. You can learn more about The Green Team in an upcoming blog post.

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The Running Club had a second meeting on Friday morning.

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And students enjoyed the weekly summer visit from Mr. Softee after lunch!

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And so ends another week of NSSA’s summer session. Check back next week to see what we’re up to!

NSSA Week in Review: July 9-13

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Welcome back! After a 2-week program break, students, clients and staff returned to NSSA this week for the start of the new year.

Students settled back into familiar classroom routines.

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Adult clients started a new pilot program this week called “Life Long Learning Series” that will run two days a week over the six-week summer program and then throughout the rest of the year with more students and perhaps an additional day. You’ll be reading more about this in a future post but for now we wanted to share some pictures of clients getting right into the program this week.

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A new group of enthusiastic summer interns started.

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Adult clients made new friends at the Elija Farm.

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The NSSA Cafe began serving morning coffee again to happy customers.

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Classroom Four’s Salad Shoppe resumed business.

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And they picked up again with their new Yogurt-Fruit Parfait product that staff can order for Friday mornings. Learn more about this in an upcoming blog post.

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NSSA’s school-based running club started this week. Randy Horowitz, NSSA’s Associate Executive Director of Program Development, and Barell parent Jennifer Prince led the students through some warm-up exercises, an individual run, a couple laps around the playground track with their teachers and a brief cool-down at the end. You’ll be hearing more about the running club soon!

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Jen and Tori from NSSA’s Development Team led adult clients in tie-dying tee shirts for July 28′s Brew-B-Q (are you going?).

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And the week ended up with a visit from Mr. Softee!

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It looks like our summer session is off to a great (and busy!) start. Thanks for sharing it with us and we’ll see you again soon!

NSSA Week in Review: June 18-23

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The last week of the school year was jam-packed with activities here at NSSA!

It was Spirit Week, so there were fun themed dress-up days. Like Hawaiian Day…

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…and Tie Dye Day.

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Classroom 1 wore their tie dye looks to the Riverhead Aquarium that day.

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Some adult clients visited Ralph’s Italian Ices to cool off on the hottest day.

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Adult clients worked on painting projects this week at the Elija Farm. We have some budding artists in Adult Services!

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It was a good year, everybody! We’ll see you all again in summer session!

NSSA Week in Review: June 11-15

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Twinning!

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Spirit Week tie-dying

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Some adult clients going to the movies!

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The NSSA Salad Shoppe has expanded to include yogurt parfaits! More about that next week…

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And to end the week, a sneak peek of an end-of-year pool party…you can look forward to more pictures next week!

Have a great weekend!

Global Running Day at NSSA

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Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far you run—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. Run a lap around the block, take your dog for a walk, or meet your friends for a jog along the beach. The important thing is that you have fun being active—and you inspire others to join you.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of Randy Horowitz, NSSA’s new Associate Executive Director of Program Development, NSSA students, clients and staff celebrated Global Running Day by running or walking a couple laps around our playground track. Students and clients made signs in honor of the day, and medals were awarded to all who participated. Everyone had fun at this impromptu break!

And they’re off!!!

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Everyone’s a winner!

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NSSA Ends 2017 with a Flurry of Holiday Activities

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Each December The NSSA Parent Association hosts a holiday party complete with pizza, dessert and live music.

Teachers and direct support professionals enjoy the festive atmosphere while students and clients enjoy lunch and dancing.

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Some of the adult clients have been practicing for weeks to put on a Holiday Singalong, led by teacher assistant Shelley.

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Teachers got in the act, too.

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And everyone else came to watch and sing along!

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As if that wasn’t enough, on Friday, SANTA surprised the boys in Classroom 1 by showing up with gifts for everyone in the room!

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It was quite the way to end 2017…and now classrooms are empty and quiet waiting to be filled again after New Year’s with happy excited voices and activity.

Here’s a little video for you…have a Happy New Year.

NSSA’s Halloween Party was a Skele-fun Time!

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Everyone looks forward to Halloween at NSSA. Students, clients and staff have fun dressing in costume for the day’s activities.

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The Halloween party is a big success with games, activities and treats. Adult clients do a great job running the different stations. And this year some of the younger classrooms went trick-or-treating in the administrative offices.

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Students kept busy with games and activities.

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A Job Well Done at Old Navy

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NSSA Adult Services clients recently spent a day at Commack Old Navy experiencing what it’s like to be an employee at a retail clothing store.

General Manager Doug Wadsworth and Business Operations Manager Lisa Simonelli invited five adult clients to be a part of the on-the-job experience.

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 Clients first watched a training video on safety and then went out onto the sales floor split up into groups: cashier, fitting room, clothes folding and sweeping. Each client got to take a turn and experience each area.

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They got right to work!

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Happy faces at the register.

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They had lunch in the break room and then returned to their duties in the store.

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It was a wonderful day for everyone and we appreciate Old Navy allowing our clients this opportunity to experience a day in the life of an Old Navy employee.