A Fine Fall Day at NSSA

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Classroom 1 headed to De Lea Sod Farms in Elwood, NY to pick pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. It was a crisp, clear morning and the students had the pumpkin patch all to themselves.

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While they were having a brief break from their classroom day, they were still working on things like following group and individual direction and practicing waiting in line to make their purchases.

Some students chose the biggest pumpkins they could find!

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While others chose more manageable sizes.

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Not sure who had a better time – students or teachers!

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Lugging pumpkins is hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it!

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Pumpkin pumpkin was a perfect break after a morning of classroom work for Classroom 1!

A Special Night for Our Special Kids at Adventureland ~ Fall 2018

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NSSA hosts A Special Night for Our Special Kids twice yearly at Adventureland in Farmingdale as part of its outreach to the greater autism community.

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NSSA tries to schedule the spring and autumn events during program breaks to give our guests with autism and their families something to look forward to when there are few structured activities available.

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In spite of rainy weather all day, the evening was lovely, dry and warm and families enjoyed their time at the park on September 28th.

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Many families of a child with autism find going to an amusement park very challenging. Long lines and crowds can be especially difficult for these families. During NSSA’s events, Adventureland is closed to the general public and made available only to individuals with autism and their friends and families. Shorter lines and wait times for rides make it much easier for our friends with autism and more manageable and enjoyable for their families. Since the park is filled with people who understand and embrace autism, the atmosphere is very relaxed and suportive. We have heard countless times over the years that it is only during the NSSA events that many of these families would even consider going to an amusement park as a family.

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Our next Special Night for Our Special Kids at Adventureland will take place Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 pm. Raindate: Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 7:30-10:30 pm. You may call or email our office to be put on an email mailing list to get a registration flyer. Phone: (631) 462-0386; Email: office@nssa.net

20 Successful Years of NSSA’s Annual Golf Classic

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It was a perfect fall day for NSSA’s 20th Annual Golf Classic at the luxurious Old Westbury Golf & Country Club on September 24, 2018. Golfers on the rolling 27-hole course played under sunny skies….

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…and the generous cocktail hour was served on the outdoor dining terrace overlooking lush green hills and trees.

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Congratulations to the Classic winners.

Winning Foursome of Mike Romeo, Jr., Mike Romeo, Sr., Steve DeMaio and Nick Marks.

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Second Place Team:  Chris Brutalera, Nicke Neverette, Mike Sweeney and Lance Slingter.

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 Third Place Team: Richard Cooke, Mike Kildale, Scott Fitzgerald and Clayton Taylor.

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All three teams went home with awards and prizes! Congratulations as well to our Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive winners:golf winners picture

NSSA received generous Sponsorship support for this year’s event. For a complete list of our sponsors, visit our Event Sponsors page.

We were delighted to honor Joe Longo, who has chaired this event for the entirety of its 20-year history, with a commemorative plaque.

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In 2016 were pleased to add a second golf chair. Thank you Joe Longo (Barrasso & Sons) and Joe Winters (Winters Bros. Waste Systems) for your tireless efforts in helping to create such a wonderful event for NSSA.

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We are extremely appreciative of all our golfers, donors, and volunteers for adding to the success of this event.

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NSSA received some spectacular prize donations. Many thanks to Joe DeNicola for donating two customized menu Chef’s Tables at his popular Ruvo restaurant as Live Auction prizes. We also thank Old Westbury Golf & Country Club for a donation of a golf foursome as a Board Prize.

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Thank you to everyone involved in this popular and success event – we hope to see you all again in September 2019!

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: Aug 6-10

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Welcome to another week at NSSA. Here’s a little of what’s been going on around here.

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Classroom 2′s littlest yogis.

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Namaste

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NSSA’s annual Sibling Day is always a lot of fun for families, students, clients and staff. Here’s a sneak peek….you’ll see more in a full blog post next week!

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And that brings us to the end of another week at NSSA – join us again next week!

A Day in the Life of Classroom 3

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NSSA’s Education Program, The Martin C. Barell School, has four classrooms. Classroom 3 is the second oldest class, with seven students ranging in age from 16 to 17. They spend their days doing classroom work both individually and as a group, doing jobs in the community, and engaging in recreational activities, such as yoga, going in the pool, spending time on the computer, or relaxing in a beanbag chair in a quiet corner of the classroom. That said, every day is a little bit different…so let’s follow the students of Classroom 3 around for one day and see what their actual day is like.

This particular Wednesday started out drippy and steamy as the students arrived at school by bus.

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They put their belongings away in their lockers then went to their classroom where they worked independently on tasks such as filing, counting, following written instructions, etc.

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Early in the morning they headed to one of their job sites at Outback. They go well before opening time to clear off tables, wipe them down then re-set them with menu cards and folded napkins. They fly through their tasks but still do a really good job.

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Great job, guys!

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After finishing their work at Outback, everyone got back in the van to return to school. A few students went right back out to another job site with Classroom 4 and a couple headed to Elija Farm for a meditation class.

When everyone returned a little later, they all met in the gym for yoga with Miss Danielle. The practice involves following instructions, maintaining positions and breathing.

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By this point in their busy day everyone was ready for some savasana!

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Lunchtime!

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After lunch the students had leisure time, during which they can go on the computer or iPad or do puzzles or other favorite classroom pastimes.

Then it’s Smartboard time where students work on taking turns, calendar skills, phonics-based learning and more.

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After their long day the students got to relax until it was time to get on their bus, either having a snack or using a computer or iPad.

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And then it was time to go home after a very full and productive day!

Hope you enjoyed spending the day with Classroom 3!

NSSA Week in Review: July 30-August 3

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Welcome to another week at NSSA!

The week started early, with Brew-B-Q fun last Saturday!

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NSSA staff and adult clients and Different Roads to Learning enjoy a working lunch at The Hog Pit in Chelsea, NY.

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Mid-summer is a busy time at the Elija Farm. Adult clients are busy weeding and picking! This week they were picking green beans.

Doesn’t J look cute in her tie-dyed Brew-B-Q tee shirt? You can still get one by calling 631-462-0386 or emailing office@nssa.net or just stopping by the office. All sizes are available and they’re $10.

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Buddies at Adult Services

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Working out at the Winters Bros. gym.

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Computer time.

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As always, happy faces at running club!

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Adult clients on a Friday field trip to the beach.

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Classroom 1 went to a student’s birthday pool party.

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And what better way to end the week than by watching J signing and signing the ABC song??

 

A Toast to NSSA’s 2nd Annual Brew-B-Q!

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Temperatures soared on Saturday, July 28, but guests still had a good time at NSSA’s 2nd Annual Brew-B-Q at the Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore, NY.

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Delicious food was prepared by Fireside Caterers of East Northport and people dined throughout the afternoon on grilled burgers, hot dogs and barbecued chicken, side salads and corn on the cob, with cooling watermelon for dessert.

Families and friends played corn hole, can jam, ladder ball, giant jenga and badminton, while younger kids jumped in the bounce house.

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The dunk tank was a popular attraction.Thanks to all our “dunkees”!

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Some tried their hand at winning prizes at soccer darts and the wheel of chance, and many walked away with whimsical inflatable coasters, gift cards, light-up beer stein pins and more. There were two great prizes raffled off: A Coolest Cooler filled with craft beer from local Long Island breweries and a tour for 14 on Riverhead’s Brew Crew Cyle. Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets!

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Soar Photo‘s photo booth was a popular spot.

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Talented local bands The Big Happy and Arnold on Mars performed throughout the afternoon keeping the atmosphere festive.

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Even the kids were transfixed!

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And may I just say…NSSA Volunteers Are the Best! They spent the day in sweltering heat, checking people in, selling t-shirts, running games and just in general making sure things went smoothly and guests were fed and having a good time!

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Brewery staff helped guests try the different beers and wine.

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And friends and families just hung out together and generally had a good time enjoying the festive atmosphere.

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We can’t thank Jen O’Malley and Tori Ardito enough for all the hard work, long hours, enthusiasm and love they poured into this event. Thank you!

We especially thank Great South Bay Brewery for their amazing space and all their support in the planning of the event, as well as our generous sponsors – thank you, everyone!

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Thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered, sponsored, donated and worked this exciting event!

NSSA Week in Review: July 23-27

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Welcome back to another week at NSSA. We’re in the middle of our summer session and the days are hot and steamy but we’re making the best of it!

Running for the sheer joy of just being outside.

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Jumping for joy!

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Classroom Three went to their jobsite at Outback and made the place sparkle in record time! See more on this in an upcoming blog.

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Someone’s excited to go make chocolates!

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Classroom One hard at work making treats.

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Adult clients doing office work at Winters Bros.

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Classroom 1 went on their 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast at IHOP.

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Plenty of smiles at Running Club!

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Some adult clients went to South Bay Arts for drumming and karaoke.

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And everyone’s always happy for a visit from Mister Softee!

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Happy Friday, everyone – see you next week!