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What is SNAP?®

Antisocial behaviour

SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based, cognitive behavioural, gender-specific 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 keep children and youth in school and out of trouble by helping them make better choices "in the moment." Thirty years of rigorous SNAP research has achieved the highest standard of scientific and clinical excellence with more than 15 years of implementation experience.

Some of the risk factors targeted by the SNAP program include: poor self-control and problem-solving, impulse control, bullying, anxiety, delinquency, aggression and violence, antisocial values and conduct, cognitive distortions or thinking errors, problematic parent management strategies and parent-child interactions, authority contact, school failure and isolation.

SNAP will:

  • Increase emotion-regulation and self-control skills in children and their parents
  • Reduce aggression, bullying, anxiety and antisocial behaviour
  • Increase social competency
  • Improve academic success by decreasing behavioural issues at school
  • Engage high-risk children and their families in service
  • Connect children and parents to community-based resources
  • Prevent delinquency, school drop-out and teen pregnancy

CDI offers SNAP programs for boys and girls ages 6-11, including the SNAP Boys and SNAP Girls programs. Children are referred to the program from a range of sources, with most referrals coming from schools. Click here for a list of SNAP programs.