SNAP® Program

SNAP® (Stop Now and Plan) is an award-winning, evidence-based program that teaches children to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior.

SNAP Program

Serious anti-social behavior often starts in childhood. Children and youth who have experienced situations of aggression, poverty, and abuse are more likely to participate in aggressive and violent behavior in the future.

SNAP® helps children and parents effectively deal with anger by teaching them how to respond in a way that makes their problems seem smaller, not bigger. With practice, children and parents are able to stop, calm down, and generate positive solutions at the “snap of their fingers.”

Specific behavioral difficulties include lying, stealing, fighting, impulsiveness, not listening, getting suspended, displaying defiant behavior and/or getting assigned to detention. The program utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques to work toward preventing anti-social behavior. As behavior improves, the family is strengthened as a whole.

Developed by the Child Development Institute in Toronto, the program includes group sessions with fun and interactive activities;  individualized support provided by a SNAP® Child Worker; school advocacy; a homework club; crisis intervention; and victim restitution. Additionally, parents meet weekly to learn more effective child management techniques and how to help their child, as well as connect with other parents who face similar challenges.

This program is for families with a child 6-11 years of age who has been having difficulties at home, school or in the community. Holy Family Institute currently offers SNAP® to families in McKees Rocks and surrounding areas. The program is voluntary and offered at no cost.