Social Seven

While we focus our community on resources during the COVID-19 situation, please enjoy our new series; Social Seven – A Week Full of Ideas and Inspiration!

Meditation Monday

Our first ongoing series, where we will provide ideas to bring some serenity into your week, with the people who make Springbrook great in mind! We hope these tips and exercises will provide a little calm while staff members and program participants make the best of the coming weeks, and that our online community can benefit too.

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A Sense of Calm – Meditation Monday

This Meditation Monday, we'd like to share a way that we like to relax here at Springbrook: participating in sensory activities! Whether it's playing music to exercise our singing and rhythm keeping, or practicing a fun sensory shoebox puzzle, exploring our senses is...

Spend Time With Your Pet – Meditation Monday

This Meditation Monday, we're talking about those fuzzy, furry, feathery, finny friends in your house - your pets! Having a pet may help reduce stress and improve your mood. Interacting with pets may help release oxytocin, a brain chemical that promotes a positive...
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Miles and Miles of Springbrook Smiles – Meditation Monday

There's no denying the feel-good power of a smile. Smiling not only offers a mood boost, but also releases endorphins that reduce stress, increase our endurance, and strengthen our immune systems. This #MeditationMonday, let's take a look at some of the beautiful...
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Let’s Dance – Meditation Monday

Let's DANCE! At Springbrook, we love to show off our moves and get down to the music. Dancing is a great way to destress, so this #MeditationMonday, put on some of your favorite tunes and get groovy!
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What’s Cookin’? – Meditation Monday

At Springbrook, we find cooking or baking is a wonderful way to unwind and focus your mind on something both constructive and delicious. Whether sweet or savory, on this  #MeditationMonday, find something yummy to make. Here are some photos of us cooking our favorite...
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Memorial Day – Meditation Monday

Today we celebrate Memorial Day, observed to commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday originated in the years following the Civil War, which ended in 1865, and claimed more lives than...
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Gardening – Meditation Monday

Gardening is a powerful way to practice mindfulness and meditation. Having to care for plants is a good way to learn to look after and respect other living things, and it helps to develop our appreciation of the magic of nature. It doesn't matter if we're seven or...

Take A Look Tuesday

Our next ongoing series, where we will share some of our favorite photos of moments large and small from the past few years. We are thrilled to share with students, residents, families, and staff some happy memories from around our many programs. The world has changed; it does not mean that our community is gone. We hope that these memories will give you a reason to smile!

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Take a Look Tuesday – New York State Budget Cuts

Take a look at what determination can do! The proposed 23% funding cuts to the budget for New Yorkers with intellectual & developmental disabilities have been restored in the NYS FY 2021-22 final budget! Thank you to all who took on this fight and made your voices...
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Take a Look Tuesday – Fenimore Art Museum Exhibit

We invite you to take a look at "With Clarity and Courage" our contribution to the Fenimore Art Museum's community exhibition series, on display until April 29 in Cooperstown, NY. The exhibit is comprised of pieces created during the pandemic by the residents and...
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Take a Look Tuesday – March Madness

As March Madness is wrapping up, take a look at the fun had by students of the School at Springbrook’s Susquehanna House.  Sports sure bring out the school spirit in the students, and they had a blast playing basketball. The students at Susquehanna house have shown us...

Take a Look Tuesday – Lukas Shaw

This Take a Look Tuesday we are highlighting Lukas Shaw! Lukas is a Teaching Assistant for the School at Springbrook Golisano Program. His enthusiasm and dedication are what we look for in our Direct Support Professionals. Lukas says, “It may be cheesy, but the...
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The 2020 Springbrook Triumphant Life Award

We are thrilled to recognize the winner of the 2020 Triumphant Life award. The Springbrook Triumphant Life Award is an annual award intended to honor and give special recognition to an individual with a disability who has a relationship with Springbrook. The...
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The 2020 Belden Special Merit Citation

We are thrilled to recognize the winner of the 2020 Belden Special Merit Citation. The Charles A. Belden Special Merit Citation was established in 1994 by the Board of Directors to honor Charles Belden. Mr. Belden served Springbrook in many capacities, including 40...

Take a Look Tuesday – Tanyette Bassknight

Take a look at an exemplary employee, Tanyette Bassknight. Tanyette is an Assistant House Manager at LeChase House, and she loves her job. When discussing her responsibilities, Tanyette says, “Working in direct care gives my life purpose. I have learned so much about...

Wellness Wednesday

Our new Wednesday weekly feature is here to keep residents, students, families, and staff happy and healthy while we all are practicing social distancing. These tips, tricks, and tidbits come from Springbrook Therapy and educational staff, along with a few other trusted resources.

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Wellness Wednesday – NEW COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

Springbrook is pleased to offer a Moderna vaccination clinic on Wednesday, April 14 from 9 am to 1 pm. This clinic will be open to ANYONE, 18 years old or older from the local community. Spaces are limited, so please do not hesitate to schedule a vaccination...
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Wellness Wednesday – Vaccine Eligibility

This Wellness Wednesday we are happy to share that New York State has announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. As of yesterday, all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal...

Wellness Wednesday – New York State Vaccination Information

This Wellness Wednesday we are excited to share that on March 17th, SUNY Oneonta became one of ten state-run vaccination sites. The site is now running and accepting appointments, administering up to 1,000 doses a day! Registration is available at the New York State...
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Wellness Wednesday – Developmental Disabilities Month

Wellness Wednesday is not only about healthy lifestyle tips, or COVID-19 information, it is also our opportunity to spread awareness about the things we care about the most. Every March is Developmental Disabilities month and was created to raise awareness about the...

Wellness Wednesday – What does “Emergency Use Authorization” mean?

What does "Emergency Use Authorization" mean? This Wellness Wednesday we share this article from the FDA, answering this hotly debated question. An emergency use authorization is atypical, but it is no less scientifically scrutinized, or held to a different standard...
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Wellness Wednesday – A Mask Tip

This Wellness Wednesday, we have a tip via The New York Times that we have used at Springbrook to great effect. Wearing a tightly fitted surgical mask with a cloth mask over top of it reduces transmission of the virus by 96.5%, according to the CDC. Sometimes it’s the...
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Wellness Wednesday – Take a Cookie

This Wellness Wednesday, we are celebrating! Yesterday Springbrook's Chief Clinical Officer, Kathy Ramiza, and Manager of Nursing Services, Jessica Weston, administered nearly 60 vaccines to Springbrook essential employees! Kathy had this great advice to share: "If...

Thinking Thursday

This series of posts are about how we are continuing to learn and discover during the current situation. For example, The School at Springbrook has created fun new ways to deliver educational programming in campus residential houses. Teachers, Therapists, and Direct Support Staff are working together to make sure that students maintain the the skills they have developed while a traditional class environment is unavailable. We are proud of the adaptability of these inventive professionals to provide support, and every Thinking Thursday we will share a way that our amazing team of educators is doing just that!

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Back in the Classroom – Thinking Thursday

On this Thinking Thursday we thought it would be appropriate to share that we welcomed day students back to The School at Springbrook on Wednesday, July 8th! With all necessary safeguards in place, day students like Finn can finally reconnect with his Teachers and...

Bee Springbrook – Thinking Thursday

This Thinking Thursday we are reflecting on our academic year at The School at Springbrook. We are proud of the progress and choices that students made before and after moving to in-home instruction, and we know that this video reflects the attitude and spirit of The...
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Learning from Home – Thinking Thursday

On this Thinking Thursday we wanted to show you how many of the teachers, therapists, and students of The School at Springbrook are continuing to teach and learn while instruction is being delivered in the homes. The remote classroom presents different challenges to...
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Staying In Touch – Thinking Thursday

On this Thinking Thursday we thought we would remind you to keep in touch with your friends and family during these frustrating times of social distancing and isolation. When was the last time you called your best friend? Why not take a few minutes, sit down, and make...
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Staying Informed – Thinking Thursday

For this Thinking Thursday we wanted to share how Powell—one of the residents at Oak and Elm—keeps engaged and focused! Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of talking to Powell knows that he likes to be informed. While he certainly enjoys watching the news on...
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Teaching and Learning at Home – Thinking Thursday

Happy Thinking Thursday! Today we wanted to share some practical ways that the students of Scriven House are keeping their minds razor-sharp! Whether practicing important skills like reading, measuring, and waiting in the kitchen, or developing other important skills...
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Learning Through Play – Thinking Thursday

For this Thinking Thursday we wanted to say thank you to the teachers and therapists who have gone above and beyond to ensure that the people they support not only continue to learn, but also have fun doing so. Alyssa Hall—Speech Pathologist in The School at...

Fun Art Friday

TGIF; let’s have a little fun! This series of posts will provide different creative activities to bring out your artistic side. We know the value of expression through art, music, dance, and theatre in our many programs, so we hope this brings some of that spirit to residents, students, staff, and our online community. 

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The Pines, Walnut, and West Oneonta – Fun Art Friday

This is the last of our Fun Art Friday series, concluding the final pages of our Community Homes Coloring Book – featuring The Pines, Walnut, and West Oneonta. Say hi to Bill from The Pines and Vinny from Walnut Street! Click on the coloring book page to get the...
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Swart Hollow and Sweet Briar – Fun Art Friday

Happy Fun Art Friday! Today we have two more pages for our Community Homes Coloring Book, featuring Swart Hollow and Sweet Briar. Say hello to some of the residents who call these houses home! Click on the coloring book page to get the printable .pdf, and don't forget...

Sherburne and Stone Quarry- Fun Art Friday

This #FunArtFriday, we have two more pages to add to our ongoing Community Homes Coloring Book, featuring Sherburne and Stone Quarry. At Springbrook, we respect the right to privacy of all individuals, and because we don't have photo permission from the folks at these...
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Pierstown – Fun Art Friday

This #FunArtFriday, we have another page to our ongoing Community Homes Coloring Book, featuring Pierstown. Say hello to some of the ladies who live there! Jane (left) Princess (middle) and Michele (right), with Home Unit Staff (Rhiannon Ham)Other residents not...
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Oxford – Fun Art Friday

This #FunArtFriday, we have another page to our ongoing Community Homes Coloring Book, featuring our Oxford Home. At Springbrook, we respect the rights of everyone, including the right to privacy. Because the residents at Oxford would prefer not to be photographed, we...
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Otego – Fun Art Friday

This #FunArtFriday, we have an additional Community Homes Coloring Book page for the Otego Community Home. This beautiful house in the Village of Otego is home to John, Marilyn, Denise, and many others, and we are pleased to share their pictures and this fun activity...
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Oak and Elm- Fun Art Friday

This #FunArtFriday, we have an additional Community Homes Coloring Book page for the Oak and Elm Community Home. This beautiful house in the center of Oneonta is home to Betty, Brian, David, Lilian, Powell, and Steven; a fun group who have chosen Springbrook as a...

Situation Saturday

These are quick updates about critical programmatic or protocol changes that we have made in the past week in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. As all of us are inundated with information, this is one way that we can help our staff, families, and community keep up-to-date about Springbrook’s COVID-19 response.

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Situation Saturday – Vaccine Safety & Efficacy

In light of the FDA pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, this Situation Saturday we want to relate some vaccine information via the CDC. We believe it is important for you to understand the nuances of the vaccine options so you can make an informed...
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Situation Saturday – Rescheduled the 2021 Spring Quarterly Family & Executive Update Webinars.

This Situation Saturday we remind our families and employees that we have rescheduled the 2021 Spring Quarterly Family & Executive Update Webinars. The webinars were previously scheduled during the local school spring break. To ensure that families can enjoy time...

Facebook Live Rally to End the Budget Cuts

This Situation Saturday we invite you to a virtual rally to support thousands of people across New York. The State of New York is cutting from the budget necessary funds for New Yorkers with intellectual & developmental disabilities. We invite you to join New York...

Situation Saturday – Single Shot Protection

This Situation Saturday, we want to provide information, via NPR that helps answer any questions you might have about the safety and efficacy of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Many people believe that the new single-shot vaccine is not as effective as the...

Situation Saturday – Big Man the Snowman

Here is the situation people! “Big Man the Snowman” is looking over the School at Springbrook campus, so anyone up to no good should have second thoughts! In actuality “Big Man” is full of school spirit as our newest "school mascot." School at Springbrook student,...
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Situation Saturday – Lesson’s Learned

On this Saturday, February 13th, the situation is this, Springbrook recently had to quarantine one of our residences due to Covid-19. After notification of a positive case of COVID-19, the house was immediately put into quarantine as per our Home Unit protocols. We...

Situation Saturday – Brendan Whitehill

This Saturday, the situation is this, we are excited to beginning regularly highlighting some of our most dedicated, hardworking employees to showcase what it means to be a Direct Support Professional. One such employee, is Brendan Whitehill. Brendan epitomizes what...

Sunday Funday

These post are our way of sharing what students, residents, and staff are doing to have some fun! We will also share ways that you can connect without being in the same room. Remember, we ALL need to “stick together” while practicing social distancing!

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Happy Easter – Sunday Funday

The students at LeChase House could not wait to celebrate Easter, so they made a festive and delicious cake earlier this week! Josef is the "Cake Boss" at LeChase and we are super impressed with his talent. Have a wonderful and happy Easter!
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Springbrook’s Got Talent

Take the stage and be a part of the greatest game show produced by Springbrook - Springbrook’s Got Talent! Springbrook's Got Talent gives you the chance to show off your skills and talents to earn cool prizes. Twice a month, check out new episodes where Springbrook...
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Essential and Proud – Sunday Funday

Today we are featuring an essential employee, not working for Springbrook, but supported by Springbrook. Bruce Wood, who is a resident of the Century-Sunrise Apartments in Johnson City has proudly performed his job at Good Sheppard Village in Endwell. Bruce knows that...
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Fun and Games at The Pines – Sunday Funday

Happy Sunday Funday (and Happy Father's Day as well)! This week, we are checking in with our friends at The Pines. These folks love board games, Patty has been mixing it up with Don using photo filters on her iPad and hanging with the house cat, Jingles. Everyone...
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School Fun Day – Sunday Funday

It's a beautiful Sunday Funday — lets flashback to The School at Springbrook's Fun Day from summer 2019. Snacks, smiles, and slip and slides were only a few elements of a sunny day enjoyed by all! Click on the image below to see full-screen pictures from this...
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Spirit Week – Sunday Funday

This Sunday Funday, we wanted to let you know about School Spirit Week; five days of celebration for each of The School at Springbrook houses. Even if you don't live or work on campus, you can join in on the fun too; make sure to tag us (@springbrookny) and we will...
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Cooking With Alyssa – Sunday Funday

We have been offering a Weekend Challenge for students, residents, and staff over the past six weeks, and so for this Sunday Funday, we wanted to show you one of the most fun parts of these weekly games - Cooking With Alyssa! Alyssa Hall is a Speech Language...

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