And take it away, NSSA!

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Once a week sportscaster Vinnie Micucci, from, visits NSSA to work with some students and clients on “targeting social, language & vocational skills through broadcasting and voice acting.” This week students and teachers ran through a mock Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast, practicing a blend of reading written notes and ad-libbing segues from one “announcer” to the next. Students are reminded to speak clearly and loudly, and to use appropriate intonation to hold listeners’ interest.

After a couple practice rehearsals, students went into the soundbooth wearing headphones to read their lines, which were recorded by Vinnie to be watched later in playback. The videos are a useful tool for the students to actually see what they did well and what they can work on improving next time.

Students enjoyed “running lines” with their coach while improving language and social skills, and even the teachers seemed to be having fun!

NSSA Dresses up for a Spooktacular Halloween

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QUESTION: What is cuter than a bunch of Martin C Barell students dressed up as their favorite characters??

Our annual Halloween Party was on October 31, and students, clients, and staff showed up dressed as favorite characters, leopards, and hamburgers, oh my! The older students manned activity tables helping the younger kids play matching games, make holiday shakers, and stick their hands into gross stuff participate in the sensory station. Everyone had a good time – who doesn’t love a party?!?

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Fun Fall Field Trip

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The autumn holiday season swung into NSSA with Classroom 5 visiting Schmitt’s Farm in Melville to pick pumpkins and learn fun farm facts.

Did you know that a single cornstalk only grows two ears of corn? Me neither! But some of our students did!

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