My son has been going to SNACK for nealy five years. SNACK is a place where kids can go and make friends, have fun and enjoy themselves. Its a safe place where parents can leave ther children for a few hours and know they have peace of mind that the staff will take great care of them and that they have the ability to deal with any situation that arises. My son has came on leaps and bounds, he now is able to focus more and is a lot clamer. The swimming programme helps the kids to swim and the water us very claming for them. I have taken my son to other swimming programmes but i have to say SNACK have provided the most suitable one for my son. He enjoys the programme and the interaction with the staff. SNACK and Friends is a wonderful place for my special son.
SNACK has helped my seven year old daughter learn how to swim! It is also a home away from home for us, where she has taken soccer classes as well as attended an after school program. It is the only program of its kind and quality that I know of.
A year ago, my son’s ABA therapist recommended SNACK for its structured activities, nurturing environment, and high ratio of skilled adult support. I took her advice and sent William to the SNACKtivities holiday program during school break. His self esteem soared, his behaviour improved, and he was so successful that I have continued to send him to the after-school program at SNACK as well as full-day programs during school breaks. William has thrived from the positive reinforcement and the multitude of opportunities to be successful: in art, music, sports, and games. He has many opportunities to develop and practice social skills. I am so thankful for SNACK – without it, William would be home stimming and tantrumming.
Our son Grant is now 11 and has been going to Snack for over five years. I think he participates in everything - Snacktivities, soccer, swimming, he's been to their camps during school breaks, etc. Snack is, quite simply, an amazing place for children with autism and for the parents of children with autism. It is so difficult fining playgroups and places where your child can interact with others, develop social skills, learn sports and just be a kid. At Snack, no child is ever turned away - no matter what their challenges are - and everyone is made to feel welcome. The staff is not only high skilled, but friendly and loving towards these kids. The smiles you see on the kids faces when they are there is just priceless. I would highly recommend Snack to any family with a child with special needs - you won't be disappointed.
My five year old son with c.p. has been swimming with SNACK for two years. He loves it, and it's very theraputic for his muscles. SNACK personnel have gone above and beyond to make our weekly session beneficial and enjoyable. Now my son's typically developing twin sister joins in the swimming session, which is darling for us as they get to enjoy an activity together.
SNACK has been a godsend for us. They provide a safe, fun, activity filled day for children with autism. This is the best program I ever spent money on.
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My son has been swimming with SNACK for seven years. Since children with Autism are attracted to water I considered swimming nothing more than a vital life skill. Surprisingly it turned out to be so much more! Not only does he love it, but he now competes as part of a team, doing something he's good at out in the community.
This is way beyond what I had anticipated. Thank you SNACK!
Review from Guidestar
My special needs son, had swim lessons, at various institutions, and with various instructors, but could not get over, his fear of the pool and getting his face wet in the water. Then we tried, SNACK, for swimming instruction, and now he floats across the pool, and looks forward to his weekly lessons. We have since, signed up for soccer,went to movies , and participated in charity events, and have been overwhelmed with their care and enthusiasm , at making every event, super special for the children there!We went to a showing of UP , where we were encouraged to have fun, and be ourselves, and not worry, about the usual dark , quiet movies that we are usually forced to attend. Thanks to you Jackie, and your awesome staff!
When your special needs child presents problem behaviors, it can be very difficult to find programs and settings that can manage those behaviors without resorting to sending a child home from time to time. I want my boys to have group experiences, and be safe, but I also know what it feels like when my kid was the one being disruptive. SNACK staff now how to keep everybody safe, including the child who is having a tantrum.
This is a remarkably affirming experience for a parents who manage day to day behaviors in the community that are safety hazardous or socially stigmatizing. Being accepted and nurtured is the ultimate in support for both child and family.
I am a parent of a 15 year old boy, George, who has severe autism. We moved to New York from Europe 7 years ago and were fortunate to meet Jackie Ceonzo shortly after we arrived and soon after she had set up SNACK. George has been an avid attender of the SNACK program ever since and it has been a life-changer for him. In my opinion, SNACK is the finest after-school recreation center of its kind in New York, filling a void in George's life, and that of many other children afflicted by autism and other disorders, by providing much-needed programs to address this community's needs. Art, music, sports, yoga, swimming, and just plain old hanging out with his buddies are among the many activities which George has learned to love.
George's verbal skills are continuing to improve, in no small part to the onsite speech therapy services offered to him during the SNACK activity sessions. George obsesses about his weekly schedule and recites it multiple times a day to anyone who will listen. SNACK gets a big shout out and George also makes sure that the bus driver is 100% aware that George has to be dropped off at SNACK on Thursdays and Fridays!