Mission: Tap is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals, and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming to children and adults with an asd.
Programs: Tap provides multiple training services related to autism spectrum disorders (asds), social/emotional learning, and social skills programming to various professionals in rhode island. Through cutting-edge training and workshops, consultations provided in public and private classrooms, and regional/national speaking engagements, tap educates professionals, educators, related support staff, itinerants, early intervention and day care providers, head start staff, community members, and anyone working to support people with asd at school, at home, and within the community. Tap introduces information and strategies for educating students with asd, social/emotional challenges, and related communication disorders. (see schedule o)
tap connects people with a spectrum of needs to the tools, resources, and education available to help them lead independent and fulfilling lives. Tap provides direct services within social skill group programs and a two-week summer camp, "camp wannagoagain! ", for individuals with asd. Tap also serves 250 individuals with an asd through a 26-week program of groups during the school year and an additional 5-week session, as well as tap's aforementioned summer camp. Tap offers events throughout the year for families in collaboration with the rhode island center for autism research and treatment (ricart).
tap employs family support specialists who work to help family members navigate the system of care in rhode island. Activities include one-to-one mentorship meetings which provide program information and resources, assistance with insurance issues, coaching on educational concerns and advocacy, and the provision of a safe place to seek help and discuss concerns. A unique program is tap's grandparent support group, which meets monthly and averages 10 attendees. Tap provided over 2,000 hours of direct family support during fiscal year 2017 and participated in 65 community outreach events across rhode island.
Camp Wannagoagain is a week of happiness for my son. I was a little nervous sending him the first year, but was relived once I witnessed the number of staff and volunteers who are there to work their magic and make camp such a success. I love that my son can get the full camp experience, swimming, boating, camp fires, etc., while with a group of people who understand his needs. Our family is so grateful to the wonderful sponsors who make camp possible for my son. Camp Wannagoagain is truly the highlight of our summer!!!