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SNAP®,Stop Now and Plan, is an award-winning, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural strategy developed at the Child Development Institute (CDI) more than 30 years ago.

Banyan’s SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls helps children and parents deal effectively with behavioural difficulties such as anger, by teaching them to stop and think before they act. Children and parents learn specific coping mechanisms, self-control skills, problem-solving and how to self-regulate feelings and emotions. Highly trained SNAP® Child Family Workers teach and guide the practice of these skills through various techniques like role playing. Children and their families practice how to stop, calm down and generate positive solutions at the “snap” of their fingers. Child and Family Workers (CFW) collaborate with the child and their parent/guardian(s) to assess challenges and problems and create an individualized action plan.

Banyan’s SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls program follows the guidelines of the Child & Family Services Act.

  • Service Area:
    The family must reside in the City of Hamilton.
  • Age requirement: Children must be between the ages of 6 and 11 (admitted prior to their 12th birthday).Girls may begin the program at the age of 5 if they are deemed cognitively capable of participating in the group setting.

Referrals to SNAP® program may come from:

  • Self-Referral
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Family doctors
  • Community health practitioners
  • Police
  • Child welfare
  • Mental health providers
  • Past participants

The SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls is not suited for children who have or are diagnosed with serious physical impairments; developmental delays; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Families are encouraged to call CONTACT Hamilton at 905-570-8888 to connect with agencies who can provide the most appropriate support.

Services will vary in length and intensity, depending on a child’s progress and family needs. Family members may continue to be involved in all components as long as there is a demonstrated effort towards individualized goals and the service agreement is being upheld.

The following SNAP® services are available:

  • SNAP® for Boys and SNAP® for Girls Group
  • SNAP® Parenting Group
  • SNAP® Family Counselling
  • Individual Counselling and Mentoring
  • School Advocacy and School Support
  • Girls Growing Up Healthy

Additional SNAP® Services Offered:

  • Community Connection
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Victim Restitution
  • Referral to HAPP-C (Hamilton Arson Prevention Programs)
  • Sibling Groups

Funding from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services allows Banyan to offer this service at no cost.

The 12-week SNAP® group is a gender-specific structured group where caregivers and their enrolled child meet weekly for an hour and a half for 12 weeks. Caregivers will attend a parenting group where they are taught effective child management strategies that will be explored through group discussion and reinforced through role-plays and home practice. The enrolled child will attend a boys group/girls group where they are taught self-control skills, emotion-regulation skills, and problem-solving skills.

The SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls program also offers a sibling group for caregivers who require childcare while they and their enrolled child are attending the 12-week SNAP® group.

Program session outline – 12-week SNAP® group:

Boys Parent Group Boys Group Girls Parent Group Girls Group
SNAP® Parenting Introduction to SNAP® SNAP® Parenting< Listening
Tracking/Monitoring Joining In Hard Thoughts & Cool Thoughts Introduction to SNAP®
Listening and Effective Directions Dealing with Anger Tracking Solving Problems
Joint Session Joint Session Effective Directions Feelings
Encouraging, Charting and Rewards I Fair Play and Being a Good Sport Joint Session Joint Session
Charting and Rewards II Apologizing Rewarding Body Cues
Effective Consequencing I Being Blamed Healthy Relationships Hard Thoughts & Cool Thoughts I
Joint Session – Effective Consequencing I Joint Session – Complimenting & Rewarding Yourself Setting Effective Limits Hard Thoughts & Cool Thoughts II
Stopping Stealing & Lying Stopping Stealing & Lying Joint Session – Time Out Joint Session – Time Out
Dealing with Bullying Dealing with Bullying Dealing with Bullying Dealing with Bullying
Family Problem Solving Avoiding Trouble Family Problem Solving When You Are Not Sure
Final Group Celebration Final Group Celebration Final Group Celebration Final Group Celebration

Once a family has completed the intake process and are admitted to the SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls program, they will later be assigned a 12-week SNAP® group. The 12-week SNAP® group is offered three times a year: January, April, and September.

The Group is held at our program location at 430 York Blvd, Hamilton, Ontario, on the following evenings:

Monday evenings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Tuesday evenings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm or 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday evenings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm or 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Thursday evenings 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Families will be contacted by a CFW who will inform them of their group start date and time. Attendance is encouraged during the 12-week SNAP® group as it is the primary component of the SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls programs. Families are required to attend 8 or more of the 12 groups in order to successfully complete this component and to keep services active.

Benefits of SNAP®:

The SNAP® for Boys & SNAP® for Girls Program has assisted thousands of children to:

  • Make positive choices (including choice of peers)
  • Manage emotions, behaviour and impulses
  • Avoid conflict at home and school
  • Problem-solve effectively
  • Communicate effectively
  • Keep their problems small


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