With SNAP®, children and parents receive the support they need early in life so that they are better able to cope and regulate their emotions while building stronger and more positive relationships with their families and peers.

We know that chronic stresses like abuse and poverty can make it hard to respond to your child, that is why SNAP® an evidence-based behavioural model was developed, a family-centred framework that works with families to assist them with parenting challenges and help manage family relationships.

A breif history about SNAP®

SNAP®, which stands for Stop Now And Plan, is an evidence-based cognitive behavioural 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 help children to stop and think before they act, and keep them in school and out of trouble. SNAP® is built on three decades of solid research, innovative program development and stringent evaluation. Throughout this impressive history, SNAP has also been recognized by several national and international bodies and has received numerous prestigious awards and designations.

SNAP® Changes Lives

SNAP® has a proven track record for changing lives. Our research demonstrates positive treatment outcomes among children ages 6-11 with disruptive behaviour problems and their families. SNAP has been evaluated using the most stringent criteria for such interventions (e.g., through use of random control/wait list assignments, reliable and standardized outcome measures and continuous monitoring to ensure treatment fidelity). For a full review of SNAP research and evaluation, please visit the Science Behind SNAP section.

Disruptive Behaviour

Serious and persistent disruptive and anti-social behaviour often starts in childhood. Early identification and intervention for young children with disruptive behaviour problems is important, if not critical. Conduct disorders (disruptive behaviour problems) are the most common referral reason to a children’s mental health centre in North America. Children with conduct disorders consume the most resources and are the most expensive clients to serve.

Children with conduct disorders repeatedly and consistently show a number of severely aggressive and anti-social behaviours, and they may find it very difficult to follow rules and behave in socially acceptable ways. Typically presenting problems of conduct disorders/disruptive behaviour problems include:

  • Difficult family relationships
  • Physically aggressive behaviour
  • Angry outbursts
  • Verbally aggressive or defiant behaviour
  • Lack of self-control and problem-solving skills
  • Difficulty making and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Bullying
  • Stealing
  • Vandalism
  • Enrollment Eligibility

    Eligible are Boys and girls ages 6-11 that are experiencing serious behavioural problems at home, at school or with persons in authority, also anyone else in the community can benefit from the SNAP Boys/SNAP Girls programs. Its admission is free of charge.

    Is there a fee for SNAP® programs?

    SNAP® is provided at no cost.

      Registration and Enrollment Form

      You can also download the program brochure For more information. Please reach out to our SNAP® team or visit us at:

      Somali Centre for Family Services
      1729 Bank Street
      Suite 200
      Ottawa, ON  K1V 7Z4

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