Drumroll, Please!

i Apr 28th No Comments by

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 12 resized

Jack Licitra of South Bay Arts is passionate about music. NSSA was fortunate to be introduced to Jack by a staff member and now he’s bringing his love of music to our students and clients.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 3 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 4 resized

Jack came to the Martin C. Barell School in April with enough bongos in tow for each class to have a 15-minute trial session. From this brief trial, NSSA staff were able to determine which students and clients would enjoy and benefit from ongoing drum classes at Jack’s studio.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 5 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 6 resized

Some clients and students have enjoyed music classes in the past and they have been used as reinforcers for skill acquisition and appropriate behavior. It’s also a good group activity and practice for following group directions and remaining on task. Music classes are also an excellent way to teach and develop new leisure interests and skills that our students and clients can enjoy during their down time.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 7 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 8 resized

The happy faces and enthusiastic drumming indicated that this exercise was a beneficial one and some of our students and clients will be attending and enjoying future drum classes at South Bay Arts in Bayport.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 9 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 10 resized  nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 13 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 14 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 15 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa long island autism school 4.25.17 2 resized

Friends & Family Celebrate NSSA’s 25th Annual Dinner For Our Children

i Apr 19th No Comments by

Our April 1 Dinner Dance was no joke, as over 400 guests attended the annual fundraising event. Old and new friends helped celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, NY.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 4 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 6 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 14 resized

There was dancing….

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 2 resized

Games of chance with wonderful prizes.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 3 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 13 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 12 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 10 resized

We celebrated two graduations from The Martin C. Barell School program into NSSA’s Adult Services program.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 8 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 7 resized

Executive Director Nicole Weidenbaum and Event Chairperson Paul Raguso inspired generosity in the crowd and we were able to raise more money than ever before. Thank you to everyone!

nicoleandpaul collage

Overall, people just had a wonderful time celebrating NSSA and helping to support our programs and services.

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 5 resized

nassau suffolk services for autism nssa dinner for our children long island autism school 4.1.17 1. resized

Thank you to all the amazing, hardworking people who brought this event to life, as well as our generous sponsors:

sponsors for blog

If you would like to receive an invitation to next year’s Dinner For Our Children, or any of our events, email dinnerdance@nssa.net.

Dancing the Night Away with NSSA

i Jan 13th No Comments by

Smithtown High School East once again hosted a Winter Dance for NSSA students and clients who were over 14 years old.

The cafeteria was decorated with a winter theme, refreshments were served by Smithtown High School students, DJ Matt Figuccio kept the dance floor jumping…and there were smiles everywhere.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-15-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-2-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-14-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-3-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-4-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-5-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-6-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-7-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-13-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-9-resized

a-widom-collage

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-16-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-dance-1-6-17-10-resized

Thank you to Smithtown High School East with providing our students and clients with another evening of fun and friends!

Wrapping Up the Holidays at NSSA

i Jan 11th No Comments by

2016 ended at NSSA with a flurry of holiday activity.

From the end-of-year luncheon hosted by the Parent Association, complete with pizza, live music by Fish and dancing for staff, students and clients…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-2-resized

Who doesn’t love pizza?

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-8-resized

Singer Fish entertained us with classic favorites and dance tunes

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-7-resized

“May I have this dance??”

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-6-resized

And a child shall lead them…onto the dance floor.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-4-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-9-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-holiday-party-12-22-16-1-resized

Thank you, NSSA Parent Association, for this fun luncheon!

To a holiday craft led by Tori Ardito…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-12-resized

Tori explained the process to teachers who in turn helped students select and color pictures.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-1-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-2-resized

Students chose their favorite picture to color.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-4-resized

And got right to work coloring.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-6-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-candle-making-12-22-16-11-resized

Candles decorated with the students’ artwork was wrapped up and sent home as holiday gifts.

candle-making-12-22-16-resized

The finished product.

Thank you to Tori for leading the students in this fun craft project!

And…there was even a surprise visitor…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-12-23-16-1-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-12-23-16-2-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-long-island-autism-school-12-23-16-3-resized

Thanks for stopping by, Santa!!!

It was a busy but fun and festive end to the year…and we look forward to more good times in the year ahead!

This Thanksgiving NSSA is Grateful to Tyler Fazzari & All Our Generous Supporters

i Nov 23rd No Comments by

from-journal-header-blogsized

from-journal-blogsized

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!

fazzari-tyler-11-18-16-1-websized

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!

 

Down on the Farm with Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

i Nov 21st No Comments by

elija-farm-11-11-16-1

NSSA Adult Clients were fortunate to spend a crisp autumn morning last week at ELIJA CSA, a ten-acre farm on the beautiful North Shore of Long Island. The farm is a sustainable, non-profit farm committed to using environmentally responsible practices to raise high quality, organically grown produce.

The ELIJA CSA is dedicated to enriching the health and wellness of our community by providing an innovative community supported agriculture (CSA) program that offers dynamic learning opportunities to its diverse membership. On this particular day, NSSA and Elija Adult clients were planting garlic. Rows were tilled in advance by hand, then clients were instructed how to plant the garlic bulbs (pointy end up!) without stepping onto the freshly turned soil.

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-26-resized

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-17-resized

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-21-resized

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-23-resized

Clients took a break when needed and just enjoyed the fresh air.

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-19-resized

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-25-resized

There was even a mascot!

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-22-resizedelija-farm-11-11-16-2After planting, the next team of clients covered the newly-planted bulbs with straw to help protect them from the cold temperatures ahead.

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-28-resized

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-30-resized

And everyone seemed to enjoy their work in the beautiful sunshine.

nssa-nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-fox-hollow-farm-11-10-16-31-resized

We can’t wait to visit the ELIJA CSA farm again soon!

A Fun Family Visit at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

i Nov 9th No Comments by

Classrooms 1 & 2 had a surprise visit this week from a Barell parent and brother who came in to read a story to the classes…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-1-blogsized
…and brought cupcakes to decorate and eat.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-2-blogsized
Some students enjoyed decorating…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-4-blogsized
…while others preferred eating!

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-5-blogsized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-6-blogsized-jpg
But everyone participated and had a good time!

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-r-prince-birthday-11-8-16-3-blogsized-jpg
Hope you enjoyed being a guest at our little impromptu party!

Sip Sip Hooray! NSSA’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting & Auction a Huge Success!

i Nov 8th No Comments by

nssa-invite-2016-1-for-website

November 5, 2016 was the night of NSSA’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting at the elegant Garden City Country Club.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-2-blogsized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-blogsized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-1-blogsized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-13-blogsized

We had a wonderful turnout of friends old and new. Families, staff, volunteers, local residents – everyone added to the party atmosphere.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-12-blogsized-2

Guests were greeted by our friendly and helpful staff. A new system made check-in and bidding much easier for guests.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-8-blogsized

Games of chance were manned by enthusiastic volunteers.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-7-blogsized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-11-blogsized

There were plenty of wonderful prizes to be won.

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-nssa-wine-tasting-11-5-16-15-blogsized

We thank Fidele Miranda & Empire Merchants for the wonderful selection and delicious wines.

We are so deeply grateful to everyone present at this year’s Wine Tasting & Auction. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have reached our goal and will be able to purchase two new vans. This will make a significant difference in the lives of our students and clients. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, donated, and worked so hard to make this year’s Wine Tasting a success….and a special Thank You to Champagne Event Sponsors Mary Beth and Pat Miranda for another fabulous event!

NSSA is Creepin’ It Real!

i Nov 2nd No Comments by

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-23-websized

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, at NSSA it’s Halloween!

The annual Halloween party was a smashing success…

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-14-websizedStudents, clients and staff dressed in costume and enjoyed games, crafts and the fun holiday atmosphere.nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-4-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-3-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-11-resized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-2-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-26-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-24-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-22-2-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-19-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-6-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-5-websized

nassau-suffolk-services-for-autism-halloween-10-31-16-25-websized

adults-resized-a

classroom-12-1-resized-a

classroom-3-resized-a

classroom-4-resized-a

debjane-resized-a

front-office-resized-a

jacquie-front-resized-a

Hope everyone had as much fun as we did on Halloween!

 

 

 

8-Week Winter 2017 Parent Training Workshop Begins Feb. 2, 2017

i Oct 26th No Comments by

EIGHT-WEEK COURSE IN PARENT TRAINING: Incorporating Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) into Family Life

spring-2017-parent-training-workshop-websized