Stop Now and Plan - SNAP
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
• Community Responsive
• Accountable Service Excellence

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 behaviour, 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