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 – Arts & Crafts Smiles

Take a look at the smiles on these faces. This #TakeALookTuesday, the Norwich Dayhab had a day of arts & crafts, and it was a big hit. BillieJo Fairchild, Norwich Day Habilitation/Broad Street DHA said, “Seeing happy faces and the fact that they are all...
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Take A Look Tuesday – Thank You For Meeting Us On Main

Take a look at a few of our favorite moments from the “Meet Me On Main” event sponsored by Springbrook this past Saturday. Although periods of rain and a thunderstorm forecast loomed large, it could not dampen the spirits of those who attended. We want to thank...
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Springbrook Raises Wage for Direct Support Professionals and Provides Financial Incentives for ALL Employees

Contact: Kira DeLanoy Director of Marketing & Public Relations Springbrook 105 Campus Drive Oneonta, New York 13820 Phone: 607-286-7171 Ext. 287 Email: delanoyk@springbrookny.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2021 Springbrook Raises Wage for Direct Support...
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Take A Look Tuesday – The 2021 School at Springbrook Commencement Ceremony!

This #TakeALookTuesday, as we celebrate the little graduates of the Kids Unlimited Preschool, we are looking forward to a very proud day: The 2021 School at Springbrook Commencement Ceremony! 6/24/21 at 4:00 PM – More information along with profiles of the graduates...
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Take a Look Tuesday – Get Connected to Some Good News

This #TakeALookTuesday we want to hook you up to “The Connection”. Care Coordination Organization, Southern Tier Connect, a Springbrook subsidiary, releases quarterly updates chock full of inspiring stories and valuable information for the community.  Check out the...
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Take A Look Tuesday – Zoom Appreciation

This Take A Look Tuesday we want to “Zoom” this wonderful photo here for all to see. Marilyn Sheehan and Denise Wrubleski both enjoyed doing Zoom activities while in quarantine. The Zoom activities have come to a close, and these lovely ladies wanted to show...
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Take a Look Tuesday – A Beautiful Annual Developmental Disabilities Day!

Today is the 33rd Annual Developmental Disabilities Day! Please visit Developmental Disability Day's Facebook page (link below) to register for the day’s virtual events! Also, take a look around, it has been beautiful out lately. Try to get outside today and enjoy the...

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 – Highland Has a Mascot!

This #WellnessWednesday we want to share a story that came to us by way of the Highland house on Springbrook’s main campus. Last month, staff at Highland found a dehydrated baby fawn crying outside of the residence. The staff acted quickly and contacted the New York...
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Wellness Wednesday – Ice Cream Brings Smiles

This #WellnessWednesday, it is important to remember that a key to wellness is balance! While ice cream may not be the best nutritional choice, it sure does taste good and can bring a smile to nearly anyone's face. We just love ice cream and recently the local ice...
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Wellness Wednesday – Springbrook Helps People Stay Well On Main

Did you know that Springbrook’s Day Habilitation services offer activities tailored to the interests of the people in the program? Activities at Day Habilitation sites include yoga classes, gardening, music, games, art, and cooking classes. On this...
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Wellness Wednesday – Home Run Derby

This Wellness Wednesday, we wanted to share some summer fun! Check out these Sultans of Swat! The Pines & Otego Community Homes had a Home Run Derby and had a blast bashing the ball over the fence! These residents would give the “Great Bambino” a run for his...

Wellness Wednesday – Shake Your Sillies Out!

This Wellness Wednesday we are so proud and happy for the Kids Unlimited Preschool students who graduated yesterday! Let these little dancers inspire you to “shake your sillies out!” Be well! Consider giving a gift for future generations by texting SPRINGBROOK to...
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Wellness Wednesday – Public Meeting of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board

This Wellness Wednesday we want to let you know that the next public meeting of the Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board will be held on June 15, 2021, from 12 pm – 2 pm. The board was founded to help provide information and direction to NYS policymakers, persons...

Wellness Wednesday – OPWDD Public Forum Update

This Wellness Wednesday, we want to remind you that OPWDD is inviting people that receive supports and their families to help plan the use of funds from the American Rescue Plan and the development of the agency’s 5-year Statewide Comprehensive Plan. They have a forum...

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 – Special Olympic Tryouts

This #SituationSaturday, we want to remind you that the Springbrook Scorpions are holding tryouts this coming Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm.  The soccer tryouts and participation on the team are free and open to the public as long as all protocols are...
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Springbrook to Host Tryouts for Special Olympics Soccer Team

Contact: Kira DeLanoy Director of Marketing & Public Relations Springbrook 105 Campus Drive Oneonta, New York 13820 Phone: 607-286-7171 Ext. 287 Email: delanoyk@springbrookny.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2021         Springbrook to Host Tryouts for Special...
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Situation Saturday – Meet Us On Main Today!

On this #SituationSaturday, come on down to Main Street, Oneonta, and say hello! Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities, live music, and a chance to peruse the downtown businesses and taste the local cuisine. Learn about Springbrook's latest programs and...
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Situation Saturday – #SpringbrookOnMain

This Situation Saturday, we cordially invite you to Meet Us On Main! Join us on July 17th as Springbrook sponsors Oneonta’s "Meet Me On Main" event. Experience a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment in the heart of Downtown Oneonta. As a sponsor, we will...
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Situation Saturday – Meet Us On Main

The situation this Saturday is that Springbrook is coming to Main Street, in more ways than one! This summer, we are proud sponsors of the Oneonta Meet Me On Main project. July 17th, join us on Main Street in Oneonta to learn about all of the projects Springbrook has...
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Situation Saturday – Congrats To All The Little Graduates

This #SituationSaturday we are looking forward to a very happy day! On Tuesday, June 22, the Kids Unlimited Preschool will be having their Year-End Celebration, recognizing students headed to Kindergarten and those joining us for another year of fun. Consider giving a...

Situation Saturday – Family Health and Fitness Day!

This #SituationSaturday falls on Family Health and Fitness Day! This day was created to promote the importance of parks and recreation in keeping all communities healthy. Even if the clouds are out and a few raindrops are falling, Saturday is always a great day to...

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!

Sunday Funday – Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday Funday falls on a very special day this week! Students at LeChase house helped each other show their love for their moms! We love sharing these photographs because it is so fun to see students work together in unique ways to show their gratitude. Happy Mother's...
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Sunday Funday – Sunshine Yoga

We were sent these pictures from the GEMS school and they screamed Sunday Funday!!! Check out Alex and Emily demonstrating their Yoga skills! Congrats on your great form, kids. It truly looked like a ton of fun!   [gallery link="file" size="medium"...
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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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