Several years ago we made the acquaintance of a darling young man named Tyler Fazzari. Tyler arrived at NSSA, shortly after celebrating his 10th birthday, to donate almost $1000 that he had raised for us through his organization BirthdayBack. BirthdayBack is dedicated to inspiring people to use their birthdays as an opportunity to give back. It started with Tyler’s desire to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and has since developed into something much greater. Since starting the organization, Tyler and BirthdayBack have raised over $50,000 for various local organizations!
In recognition of his generous achievements, we nominated him for the “Leader of Tomorrow” honor at Long Island’s Association for Fundraising Professional’s Annual Philanthropy Day. We were so pleased and proud to hear that he would be the recipient of the award!
We would like to share Tyler’s good news and to say THANK YOU again for all that he has done for NSSA, and for so many others. We are deeply grateful for Tyler’s friendship.
At this time of year, we remember all the people and organizations that have been a friend to us by making a donation, raising money on our behalf, volunteering at an event, or spreading the word about NSSA and autism awareness. We are so thankful and grateful for the wonderful people who support our organization and mission.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends!
EIGHT-WEEK COURSE IN PARENT TRAINING: Incorporating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) into Family Life
June 14, 2016 was a proud day here at NSSA. We had three fine young men graduate from the Martin C. Barell school program…in preparation of their entrance into NSSA’s Adult Services program.
Teachers, families, and district personnel have all done a great job in preparing the graduates for their next step at NSSA. Through job sampling or training, the Adult Services program works to ensure that the adults we serve are able to grow and develop to their maximum potential. Our primary concern for the adults we serve is that they continue to grow to their greatest level of independence through employment and skills required of daily living.
Families were beaming with pride as students accepted their certificates from teachers and school district personnel.
After the ceremony there was time for family photos, refreshments and cake.
We wish the graduates every success in this new phase of their lives.
Martin C. Barell’s Classroom 1 is our youngest classroom, with six boys between the ages of 7-9. Six (wonderful!) teachers work with them throughout the day from the moment they get off the bus in the morning until they leave to go home at the end of the day. As you can imagine with boys this age, this is a busy classroom! Let’s follow them through a day back last summer…
The boys arrive by bus at 9am.
They greet their friends while learning to unpack and put their backpacks away in their lockers.
The teachers were designing a new bulletin board for the classroom with the theme “Kicking Off to a New Year” so we had a little photo shoot with the boys dressed as football players.
Lunchtime is spent practicing using utensils and napkins appropriately and trying new foods.
Once a week the group takes a yoga class where they learn and practice postures and movements.
Some are super enthusiastic to get in the pool!
But once in, everyone enjoys themselves.
After swim it’s almost time to get ready to pack up to go home.
The end of a long day. See ya tomorrow!
As has become an annual tradition, the staff and students of Smithtown High School East hosted a winter dance for the 14+-year-old students and clients of NSSA and The Martin C. Barell School. On January 9, 2016, students decorated a cafeteria with giant paper snowflakes, twinkle lights and glittery branches, turning the lunchroom into a winter wonderland. Pizza and snacks were provided, as well as a yummy dessert buffet. DJ Matt Figuccio rocked the house with favorite tunes and colored light show. Smithtown High School East students mingled and danced with our students and staff, including a rousing conga line! When parents came at the end of the evening, they had some tired but happy kids to take home. Thank you Smithown High School East for inviting our kids once again to a super fun evening and for being great peer models for our students and clients!
Every December NSSA hosts Family Fun Night – an opportunity for families and staff to socialize, share a meal, and enjoy watching students, clients and siblings do craft projects and play in the classrooms.
Any craft that involves frosting – always a favorite.
There’s some serious artwork going on here…by clients, siblings and staff kids alike.
So fun when staff bring their young children in – their eyes light up at a classroom filled with toys!
There’s time for jumping…and relaxing.
And it’s a perfect time to welcome new members into the NSSA family!
Happy Holidays and see you next year!
The NSSA Parent Association elves showed up on Friday with pizza, staff gifts, and a wonderful guitar player to serenade us during a generous holiday luncheon.
Teachers and students had some recreation time…
There was dancing and playing….
Some quiet moments…
And general good cheer.
Thank you so much to the NSSA Parent Association for their generosity.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
NSSA’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction was held on November 7, 2015 at the Garden City Country Club. The elegant clubhouse dining room was transformed into an extravagant tasting station with wines from all around the world generously donated by Empire Merchants.
Guests sampled fine wines, socialized with friends and played games of chance to win exciting prizes. Passed hors-d’oeuvres and a plentiful buffet kept people satisfied throughout the evening.
It’s so great to see so many new people attending our events and becoming friends and supporters of NSSA and the work we do.
Our great appreciation and thanks, as always, to our wonderful sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests, for making the event such a success!
Hope to see you again next year! Cheers!
As always, Halloween here at NSSA is celebrated with a party for students and a costume contest for teachers. And a whole lot of cuteness!
Thor and Hello Kitty
The King and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Hungry Hungry Hippo and a Chick Magnet
Adult Clients and teachers ran activity stations for younger students.
Students had fun with games and activities.
Even staff got into the spirit of things!
Students and clients got to take turns at the pinata…
Til finally One Really Good Swing released the goodies…
And then it was every man for himself!
Once a year we invite siblings and families to join students at the Martin C. Barell School for a day of fun and activities. This year was a packed house! The big bouncy house and slide in the backyard was a hit, the playground was bustling with kids of all ages, and the classrooms were set up for arts & crafts when a little quiet time was needed. It was also Luau Day, which made for an even more festive atmosphere!
Brothers A & D slide together.
Proud big brother.
Luau Twins and Sister.
Look how sweet J is helping her big brother do his craft.
Cousins are the new siblings.
Could these brothers be any cuter?
Love it when everyone gets into the “spirit” of Spirit Week!