The Best Things in Life are Sweet

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For the past few months NSSA Adult Clients have been experiencing new activities thanks to a grant received from The Jack Fanning Memorial Foundation. NSSA has been offering more opportunities for enriching instruction in areas such as music, yoga, bowling, cooking, painting, horseback riding and more. Activities such as these help broaden the interests and skill development for our clients and help them to lead fulfilling lives.

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On October 22, several groups of adult clients went to Bake Me a Cake Boutique for a step-by-step cake decorating class. They each had their own personal-sized cakes to decorate. They cut and shaped their cakes, rolled out fondant, cut out different shapes, and applied all the pieces to turn their plain cake into a whimsical rainbow fish. Tiny bites of sweet fondant may or may not have been taken throughout the class! At the end, the cakes were placed carefully into bakery boxes to be taken home to their families.

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We can’t wait to see where NSSA adults go next!

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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.

Someone’s in the Kitchen with NSSA

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 ELIJA Farm extended an invitation to NSSA’s Adult Services clients to attend a Cooking Demo with natural foods chef  and food activist Bhavani Jaroff. Currently Bhavani is running a program called iEatGreen which is helping to facilitate change in our communities, home, schools and workplaces.

On July 12 she visited the ELIJA Farm to speak to our clients about healthy cooking and eating.

The demo was beneficial for our clients so they could learn how to prepare healthy food choices. They were also practicing attending to a speaker while in a group. And the most fun part, they got to try new healthy foods.

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A. is enjoying the demonstration.

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B. & J. eagerly await their sample meals…

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…and relish the new dishes when they arrive!

Bhavani shared some recipes for healthy cooking:

Wilted Kale Salad with Pepitas, Pomegranate Seeds & Lemon Dressing

  • 2 bunches of kale, red, green or dinosaur
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1/4 cup raw pepita seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsely
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp stone ground mustard
  • pomegranate seeds
  • coarse salt

Remove the stems of the kale and discard in compost. Chop the leaves into small pieces and put into large bowl. Squeeze 1/2 lemon onto the kale, drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil and sprinle 1/2 tsp of salt over. Massage the kale leaves for 3 minutes, until softened. Add the grated carrots, parsely, pomegranate seeds and pepita seeds. Make a salad dressing with the remaining olive oil and lemon juice, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with avocado right before serving.

Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad

  • 1 medium seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb feta cheese, cute into small cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • a medium bunch of mint, chopped

Drain 1″ watermelon cubes for 1/2 hour with a bowl underneath (this way you can drink the juice!). Whisk together the white balsamic vinegar, oilive oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix the drained watermelon, feta, onion and mint in a large bowl. Chill in refrigerator. Drizzle with dressing, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and toss right before serving.

 

I’m Happy Just to Dance With You

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The students and faculty of Smithtown High School East, once again, hosted an evening of dancing, food and fun at their Hollywood-themed event for NSSA adult clients, consultation students and Barell students aged 14 and up.

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Attendees arrived by walking up a red carpet and into a gym filled with high school students dressed up and ready to dance with our students and clients.

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It’s so great to see our students and clients having a great time with the Smithtown East students and one another.

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The high school also served a fun pizza dinner that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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Many thanks to Stacey Agosta for helping to set this up, DJ Matt Figuccio for the dance music, NSSA teachers for accompanying their students and Smithtown High School East for their graciousness and hospitality in putting this event on for us once again.

Dancing the Night Away with NSSA

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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.

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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

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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…

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Who doesn’t love pizza?

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Singer Fish entertained us with classic favorites and dance tunes

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“May I have this dance??”

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

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

To a holiday craft led by Tori Ardito…

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

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Students chose their favorite picture to color.

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And got right to work coloring.

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

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The finished product.

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

And…there was even a surprise visitor…

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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!

Down on the Farm with Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

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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.

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

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There was even a mascot!

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

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

NSSA is Creepin’ It Real!

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

The annual Halloween party was a smashing success…

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