Got the Afterschool Blues?

Looking for something meaningful, beneficial, and affordable for your child with special needs to do after school? Look no further! TAPA offers high-quality afterschool programming on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, 4pm-6pm. Classes include choices of art, dance/drumming, music, yoga and Zumba. All students are welcome, regardless of age and ability. We also warmly welcome… Read More »

An Ever-Relevant Post

TAPA Mom, Samantha Sosnik, put up an annual post in May of 2016, during Williams Syndrome Awareness month. In the funny way that social media works, someone recently saw that post from more than a year ago, commented on it, and within minutes it had skyrocketed to 300 likes with dozens upon dozens of comments. Samantha’s message is… Read More »


By: Susan Russo Active children are happy children. At least, as a mom of four, that is my belief. As parents we all recognize that (as a rule) busy children are less likely to become bored, and thus exhibit negative or inappropriate behavior. I believe that this holds true for typically developing children as well… Read More »

From Max

Some thoughts from our TAPA Intern, Max!   I originally heard of TAPA through my mother’s close friend Lisa Brodwin, whose daughter, Morgan Brodwin, used to be a student at TAPA.  She suggested that volunteering at TAPA would be a good Bar-Mitzvah Project for me to complete.  About two weeks after I started, I quickly… Read More »

CPR Class

On a sunny afternoon in April, TAPA’s faculty, interns, and volunteers welcomed Bob from The Heart Savers Institute for a CPR certification course. The three-hour workshop focused on basic CPR and life-saving techniques as well as AED training. Even though TAPA used full time nurses during summer camp, we are thrilled that so many faculty… Read More »

Best Friends

One of the perks of working at TAPA is that you often get to witness incredible moments and hear students say remarkable things.  It was no exception when 12 –year-old Riley Walsh described her best friend and fellow TAPA student, Amanda Van Arken, age 21.  “We’re best friends and she tells me loves me with… Read More »

The Interns

TAPA is always an exciting place to be!  On evenings and weekends this place is packed with students who are thrilled to be taking dance, music, and art classes.  With students of so many differing abilities we are proud to offer every student who needs one a personal one-on-one to guide them in classes, redirect… Read More »

Flashback: The Holidays

Thanksgiving weekend, The Theresa Foundation was once again a participant in United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County’s Festival of the Trees. This year’s theme, “With a Song in Our Heart”, displayed handmade ornaments made by TAPA students that showed off our love for music and the holiday season!  Elizabeth Connolly, TAPA’s art teacher, helped students… Read More »

Schools as a Gift Giving Culture

By: Bill Harley Here are some thoughts I’ve had for awhile about the nature of schools and learning. The book The Gift by Lewis Hyde has had a deep impact on my life and work. In it, Hyde proposes that artists have a hard time making a living because their work is based in one… Read More »