NSSA Ends 2017 with a Flurry of Holiday Activities

i Dec 28th No Comments by

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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.

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…

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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!

NSSA Puts the Fun in Family Fun Night

i Dec 24th No Comments by

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

i Dec 21st No Comments by

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!

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

i Dec 23rd No Comments by

Smithtown High School East’s cafeteria was hopping last week at NSSA’s 5th Annual Holiday Dance.

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Barell and NSSA students and adult clients over the age of 13 were invited to join Smithtown high school students for a rocking good time in a club-like atmosphere complete with disco lights and DJ Matt Figuccio.

New friends were made….

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Longtime friends were reunited…

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And while for some it’s all about that bass….

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For others it’s about  bustin’ their moves on the dance floor!

In all, everyone had a great time. Thank you to Smithtown High School East for once again hosting the event at their school, and to Stacey Agosta and NSSA staff for volunteering to make it a special night for the kids.

Family Fun at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism

i Dec 19th No Comments by

Each fall we invite families, siblings and staff to Family Fun Night – an evening of potluck dinner and crafts.

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We get to spend time with old friends…and the latest additions to the NSSA family!

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Students proudly sign their artwork.

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Staff bring their kids to join in the fun.

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Parents work on projects with their kids.

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The favorite craft by far was making candy Christmas trees.

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So much frosting, so little time….

Thanks for sharing some family fun with us!

A Year in Pictures

i Jan 14th No Comments by

Adult Clients from Room 46 presented their parents with a holiday scrapbook of their past year at NSSA.

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Teachers Cara, Jennie, and Gina collected photographs from job sites, classroom activities, and field trips, and put them into large colorful journals, depicting each client’s journey, day-by-day.

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What a great gift for families to be able to see what goes on in the daily lives of their children!

NSSA Winter Olympics Part II

i Jan 9th No Comments by

Things were really warming up for Classroom 2 back in December when they participated in the Winter Olympics, designed by some of NSSA’s visiting physical and occupational therapists.

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It takes a village…

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Teaching is dirty work…

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Our Olympians are humble and unfazed by their victories! All in a day’s successes at NSSA.

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Happy Holidays from NSSA Families

i Jan 7th No Comments by

It’s so fun to see how some of our Barell families spent the holidays…brodsky collage

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