SNAP teaches participants how to stop and think before acting to make better choices in the moment.

What is SNAP?

The Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) program, was developed and extensively researched by the experts at the Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP is an evidenced-based, gender specific, trauma-informed, cognitive behavioural model that teaches elementary school-aged children with disruptive behaviour problems, and their parents/caregivers, how to stop and think before they act and make better choices in the moment. With over 33 years of service, SNAP teaches children emotion regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills while parents learn how to strengthen their parenting skills.
SNAP is grounded on the following principles:
  • Client-centred
  • Gender-sensitive
  • Strength and Skill-based
  • Continuing Services
  • Collaborative
  • Client-centred
  • Client-centred
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SNAP Proven Outcomes

Since the conception of SNAP, several studies were completed over the years to evaluate the effectiveness of the program; the results showed:
  • Increased emotion regulation, self-control, problem-solving skills, pro-social communication, executive functioning ad social competency.
  • Decreased antisocial behavior, rule breaking, depression, anxiety and police contact.
  • Enhanced ability to make better choices with peers.
  • Improved success at school, including decrease in disciplinary issues.
  • Increased connection to positive community activities.
  • Development of effective child management strategies, positive support systems, coping abilities and communication skills.
  • Decreased parental distress and increased parental competency.
  • Development of positive pro-social values and conduct.

Accessing SNAP

SNAP Boys and Girls programs serve children in their middle years (aged 6-11), who display aggressive and disruptive behaviours and/or conduct problems, and their families. Children engaged in above-average levels of aggressive, destructive, and/or oppositional behaviours such as stealing, aggression and bullying are eligible for the program. Referral sources can include schools, child welfare, police services, and parents/caregivers. For more information on SNAP please contact the


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