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Phone: 212-439-9996
220 East 86th St
New York
New York 10017

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Target demographics: The population SNACK serves includes children ages 3-18 in the New York City metropolitan area on the autism spectrum, PDD, ADD, ADHD, Sensory Issues, Asperger's Syndrome, Apraxia as well as other similar developmental and behavioral disorders, many who currently are unable to attend programs designed for children with special needs due to their intensive needs. SNACK welcomes those with physical disabilities, verbal and non-verbal language abilities, across all socio-economic, race, and ethnic backgrounds.

All SNACK program activities are led by individuals, trained in their particular discipline, such as art, music, drama, yoga, movement, swimming and sports. Our 2:1 child to staff ratio and the ABA approach enable those children, who are not served through other programs, the ability to participate in these kinds of classes. Our programs run continually throughout the year during after-school hours from Tuesday through Friday, plus a full days Saturday and Sunday, and currently held in two (2) locations in the New York Metropolitan area.

• SNACKtivities Socialization program: a highly structured 2-hour program featuring a variety of individual and group activities designed and staffed to promote socialization among peers in a fun environment. Activities include: Music, Art, Movement, Yoga, Sports and Snack time.
• Private Swim lessons: one-on-one swim lessons ensures each child’s safety and helps children with special needs develop confidence in the water by learning proper swimming strokes, floating, and breathing techniques. Swimming has proven to be particularly therapeutic and enjoyable for ASD children, helping to calm sensory input and focus on physical coordination.
• Soccer classes: utilizes entertaining and easy-to-follow soccer drills to help children incorporate much-needed notions of structure and task completion into their lives.
• Sports classes: allow children to participate in basketball, kickball, calisthenics and other group sports. This program promotes the idea that athletics can aid these children’s development in ways similar to that of typical children.
• Family Sunday Swim Program: enables the entire family - ASD children, their parents and their siblings - to enjoy and participate in recreational activities together as a family
• Holiday Programs: filled with SNACK program activities and opportunities for socialization when school is closed.
• Community Outings: offers children the opportunity to generalize the skills they have learned at school and at SNACK in natural environments and social settings, provide peer modeling by including interaction with typically developing peers (siblings) and involves the whole family. Outings have included: SNACK Movie Outings enabling SNACK families and their friends to enjoy a movie together; Soccer Tournament Field Trip; Family Fun Day with sports & pumpkin picking activities; and Story Time at neighborhood Barnes & Noble.

The mission of SNACK is to fill a void in the lives of children, ages 3-18, with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other similar developmental and behavioral disabilities by providing after-school and weekend recreational programs designed and staffed to address their needs. SNACK provides specialized instructional techniques not available in other special needs programs and is committed to never turning a child away - no matter how challenging the behaviors. SNACK’s activity centers are devoted to “Fun, Friends, and Hope” and welcomes those with physical disabilities, verbal and non-verbal language abilities, across all socio-economic, race, and ethnic backgrounds.

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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 ... more »
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... more »
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 ... more »
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