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About SNAP®

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SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based cognitive behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills.

The primary goal of SNAP is to help children to stop and think before they act, and keep them in school and out of trouble. 

SNAP was developed by Child Development Institute, an accredited children’s mental health organization in Toronto, in 1985 as an intervention program for boys under 12 in conflict with the law. Since then, the program has grown and evolved into an internationally recognized model for teaching troubled children and their parents how to effectively manage their emotions and "keep problems small." Today, SNAP offers gender specific programs for children ages 6-11 and youth ages 13-17.

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“She was hitting, swearing and kicking. I had just about come to my end with Rachel. It was really tough – a lot of crying, a lot of feeling guilty, wondering what I had done as a parent. Up to that point, no one would make a commitment to me or Rachel. All I can see now is the progress we have made together. It has helped us both. Rachel is not acting as violently as she used to.”

Parent of SNAP girl