Program Type: children, parents-caregivers

The SNAP® program is an evidence-based program for children struggling with behavioral issues developed by the Child Development Institute. This program aims to teach children and their parents emotional regulation using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach to allow children to make better choices.

This program is unique as it targets children and youth who are struggling with behavioral issues to prevent future encounters with incarceration and violent behavior. The SNAP® program has shown to increase emotion regulation, self-control, problem-solving skills, pro-social communication, executive functioning and social competency. As well as Decreased antisocial behavior, rule breaking, depression, anxiety and police contact.

The SNAP® program has also shown to have long term outcomes which are little to no involvement with the criminal justice system and delayed and less frequent trouble with the police/delayed entry into the youth justice system.

Key Objectives:

  • It is an evidence-based program based on Cognitive Behavioural principles
  • It is a combined child and parent program which allows for better results
  • Research shows that problem behaviours in school are an indicator of criminal behaviour later in life. SNAP® addresses current problem behaviours to reduce future criminal behaviour
  • SNAP® addresses issues at various levels of a child’s life including at home and school behaviours.

Successful Outcomes through SNAP (R)

  • The program increases parents confidence in managing challenging behaviour
  • Children show lower problem behaviours after 12 to 18 months of participating in the program
  • The program has a higher than normal completion rate for the industry
  • Children report improved quality of interaction with parents, including less yelling and more limit setting.
  • Children report a less positive attitude towards antisocial behaviour, associate with fewer peers whom parents consider a “bad influence,” and demonstrate more prosocial skills after treatment with teachers, peers and family members.

Specializing in Black and Indigenous Youth

Ifarada offers an unique SNAP experience that focuses on understanding and supporting children and youth who identify as Black or Indigenous. In schools, Black and Indigenous youth have differential outcomes due to anti-racism. In Durham Region, many times Black youth experience double the rate of suspensions and lowered outcomes in literacy and math than other students. This is due to anti-Black racism, and not performance. If your child is experiencing challenges in school, our program support parents to advocate for their children’s needs, and re-orient their child to healthy coping strategies, emotional regulation, and behaviour management support that leads to their success.



12 week program