NSSA Gets Crafty for the 4th of July

i Jun 28th 2 Comments by

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Lily Polishuk from Individualized Family Care returned to NSSA last week to lead both adult clients and Barell students in creative projects.

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Adult Service clients created a red white and blue wreath out of clothespins just in time to decorate their homes for the 4th of July.

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Clients painted and glued clothespins, sorted by color, and attached them to a metal frame.

Thanks, Lilly!

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Hats Off to NSSA’s 2016 Graduates!

i Jun 16th No Comments by

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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.

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After the ceremony there was time for family photos, refreshments and cake.

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We wish the graduates every success in this new phase of their lives.

Congratulations, graduates!

Why Not Come Dancing

i Jun 9th 2 Comments by

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The wonderful students and staff of Smithtown High School East once again hosted a fun evening for NSSA students and clients on April 1, 2016.

They decorated the space and dressed according to a Luau theme and everyone had a great time dancing, snacking and limbo-ing.

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The event is geared for students and clients aged 14 and up. Smithtown students encourage dancing and socializing. NSSA staff attends as well.

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DJ Matt Figuccio keeps the party lively playing favorite tunes.

Thanks again to Smithtown High School East for being such gracious hosts, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Starry, Starry Night

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NSSA’s Adult Services clients let their inner artists out when a painting teacher visited them earlier this week. Lilly Polishuk from Individualized Family Care  led the group in a rendition of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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The clients, aided by staff, followed the instructor-led step-by-step instructions to create individualized works of art.

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Clients practiced direction following and imitation while exercising their self-expression.

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A finished product…and a proud client.

Let’s Dance!

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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!

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NSSA Puts the Fun in Family Fun Night

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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.

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Any craft that involves frosting – always a favorite.

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There’s some serious artwork going on here…by clients, siblings and staff kids alike.

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So fun when staff bring their young children in – their eyes light up at a classroom filled with toys!

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There’s time for jumping…and relaxing.

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And it’s a perfect time to welcome new members into the NSSA family!

Happy Holidays and see you next year!

Parent Association Brings Holiday Cheer to NSSA

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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.

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Teachers and students had some recreation time…

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There was dancing and playing….

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Some quiet moments…

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And general good cheer.

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Thank you so much to the NSSA Parent Association for their generosity.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

A Walk in the Park for NSSA’s Adult Services Clients

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On a beautiful summer day some of NSSA’s Adult Services clients visited nearby Blydenburgh Park for a day of boating, hiking, and just enjoying nature.

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Safely outfitted in life vests, clients and staff took turns in row boats on the serene headwaters of the Nissequogue River.

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Groups took turns hiking along shaded paths.

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Some clients were just joyful being out in nature!

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Welcome to the Farm

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NSSA’s Adult Service program has a number of different job sites they visit weekly. One of their jobs is at Manor Farm, a local farm managed by Starflower Experiences.

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At the farm, the clients do vocational agriculture jobs such as weed, deadhead, rake, paint fences, and do general cleanup.

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The farm is about 5 acres and very charming, with a historic house and several outbuildings.

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This week they were working on weeding one of the raised beds that held mint, tomatoes, lavender and sage.

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When the trash can is full of weeds, the clients take turns dumping the can.

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A job well done, guys!

They Could Have Danced All Night…

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On Friday, May 1, students at Smithtown High School East transformed their cafeteria into an under-the-sea wonderland for the NSSA Spring Dance.

Barell students and NSSA Adult Service clients dressed up in their springtime finery…some teacher “dates” were surprised with floral corsages (so sweet!).

Smithtown students provided and served pizza, salads and beverages, and boogied with our students and clients on the dance floor. There was even a photo-booth set up complete with fun props!

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Everyone had a blast dancing, singing, eating, laughing.

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Thanks again to Smithtown High School East for inviting our students and clients and for being such great hosts. Thanks also to NSSA’s Stacey Agosta for coordinating the event.