I’m Happy Just to Dance With You

i May 22nd No Comments by

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.

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!

Let Summer Begin!

i Jul 6th No Comments by

Today, the first day of NSSA/The Martin C. Barell School’s 6-week summer session, brought real summer temperatures and students and clients back out onto the playground for some fresh air and exercise.

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Who doesn’t love swinging with their eyes closed and pretending they’re flying??

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He shoots…He scores!!!

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Le Tour de Barell

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Court is in session.

We look forward to an active summer ahead!

It’s the Most Wonderful Day of the Year!!! Halloween at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

i Nov 3rd No Comments by

Halloween is the best day of the year here at NSSA – darling kids dressed in costumes, families joining them for the party in the gym, adult clients manning activity tables for the younger students…CANDY!!!!

This year was no exception. Join us virtually 🙂

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Wheatley School Students Visit Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism for A Day of Service

i Oct 23rd No Comments by

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Every year The Wheatley School in the East Williston School District does a “Day of Service” during which the students help someone in the community in some way.  Teacher Natalia McMillan said that some kids make care packages,  some visit the elderly, some do “green” projects, and NSSA was fortunate enough to have some students come to the Barell school to help and learn about children with autism.

The group of girls that joined us yesterday were enthusiastic and friendly and jumped right into activities with Barell students. They got a tour of the school then worked on classroom projects…

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and had lunch with our students.

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Many thanks to The Wheatley School for being a friend to NSSA and new friends to all our kids!

See Our True Colors: Art at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

i Sep 12th No Comments by

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This August, teachers Shonda Simmons and Marissa Rocco led Classroom 5 in a painting project.

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Students and clients were engrossed in their artwork as Shonda and Marissa led them step-by-step, verbally and through demonstration.

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And proud smiles shone all around as artists displayed their completed artwork.

I Scream, You Scream…

i Aug 7th No Comments by

…our students and staff love ice cream!

So last Friday was a special day because NSSA was a winner in Nassau-Suffolk Chapter of The Autism Society of America’s  “Sweet Rewards” Program, and the prize was…FREE! ICE! CREAM! A Mister Softee truck pulled right up to the school’s front doors for all the students and staff to get their choice of ice cream. There were smiles all around.

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Teachers had submitted an application for this program, listing their students accomplishments and goals reached. Here is just a sampling:

“My student…celebrated his Bar Mitzvah! he was able to stand up in front of the temple and recite all his prayers with a smile!”

“My student…is now able to sit appropriately at the barber shop and get his hair cut!”

“My student—is now able to pay for a purchase independently!”

“My student…can now use his augmentative device to recall where he works!”

“My student…is now volunteering at five volunteer job sites!”

“My student…is now able to independently initiate to use the bathroom!”

Thanks to The Autism Society of America for bringing smiles and fun to NSSA!

Team Building with Classroom 5

i Jul 1st No Comments by

Classroom Five is spending time this summer working on Team Building. Girl Scout and Manhasset High School senior Danielle Nicosia is working towards her Girl Scout Gold Award by developing this summer-long program and working with Classroom 5 students on interactive, life, and motor skills.

Danielle spends two afternoons a week with the students. A typical session includes reading their goals for the summer and stretching exercises and calisthenics. Each week new trust and team-building exercises are added, such as trusting their partner to catch them if they fall backwards, walking through an obstacle course blindfolded by following their partner’s verbal instructions, and team sports.

We thank Danielle for challenging our students and offering them new experiences.

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Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness

i Apr 4th No Comments by

In 2007, the United Nations declared April 2 World Autism Awareness Day, to encourage people and organizations to promote awareness of autism as a growing health issue by “Lighting It Up Blue.” Many well-known landmarks around the world went blue on April 2 in support of the cause.

Another purpose of World Autism Awareness Day is to stress the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have named autism the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Just last week, the CDC reported that the number of autism cases is growing. It reported 1 in 68 children are on the autism spectrum, an increase from 1 in 88 children it had previously reported.

Here at NSSA, teachers, staff, students and clients did their part by dressing in blue for the day and for our annual “Light it Up Blue” group photo.

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How did *you* Light it Up Blue for Autism Awareness Day?

And take it away, NSSA!

i Nov 27th No Comments by

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Once a week sportscaster Vinnie Micucci, from Voicemaster123.com, 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!