SNAP®, which stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN, is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral model powered by the minds at Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP® helps children and their parents learn how to effectively manage their emotions and “keep problems small.”

The gender-sensitive SNAP® programs are designed for children ages 6-17 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. Highly trained staff work with each family to develop goals that focus on preventing and reducing the chances of conflict with family, peers, and authority figures.

SNAP® services are provided free of cost to the youth and families involved in the program. Referrals to the SNAP® program can come from parents/caregivers, schools, law enforcement, child welfare organizations, community centers, and other stakeholders.

Who Should Attend SNAP®?

Children ages 6-17 experiencing behavioral problems at home, school, and in the community are referred to the SNAP® program. Presenting problems may include:

Difficult family relationships

Physically aggressive behavior

Angry outbursts

Verbally aggressive or defiant behavior

Lacks self-control and problem solving skills

Has difficulty making and maintaining healthy relationships


Bullies others

Vandalizes or damages property


SNAP® under 12

Include two group components, SNAP® Boys/SNAP® Girls Groups and SNAP® Parenting Group

SNAP® Boys/SNAP® Girls Groups

- 13 weekly sessions

- Engaging activities including discussion and role plays to learn how to use SNAP® skills

- Topics include self-control, problem solving, emotional regulation, bullying, and relationships

SNAP® Parenting Group

- Parent group meets along-side with the boy/girl groups

- Learn effective parenting strategies

- Connect with other parents facing similar challenges


SNAP® in Schools

- 13 weekly classroom sessions

- Focused on positive reinforcement and effective problem–solving skills

- Increases pro–social skills to improve academic functioning and reduce disruptive classroom behaviors and truancy


SNAP® for Youth

- 13 weekly sessions

- Boys & Girls ages 12-17, experiencing behavioral problems at home, at school, with persons in authority, and in the community can benefit from the SNAP for Youth program.

- Evidence-based cognitive-behavioral model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behavior issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation skills.

Does SNAP® Work?

Research continues to show the SNAP® program contributes to improved outcomes for children and families as evidenced by:

Fewer arguments at home

Less school violence and bullying

More friends

Fewer interactions with the school administration

Families report that SNAP® improves parent-child relationships and emotional regulation with:

Reduced stress and anxiety

Reduced rates of depression

Increased overall happiness

Improved self-confidence

Development of positive pro-social values

Enhanced ability to make better choices with peers

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