FirefliesNY™ is an inclusionary martial arts program for children with special needs (in particular those with Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their neurotypical peers.

Sessions at FirefliesNY™ involve a blend of TaeKwonDo, music/movement, balance, stretching, and breathing exercises all guided by Applied Behavior Analysis. The goal of each session is to teach, via the ABA method, the major tenets of Tae Kwon Do:

  • Self-Control
    Restraint, Discipline, Will Power, and Dignity
  • Courtesy
    Politeness, Distinction of Roles, Honor, and Generosity
  • Integrity
    Honesty, Consistency, Loyalty, and Learning from Mistakes
  • Determination
    Patience, Focus, Overcoming Obstacles
  • Indomitable Spirit
    Never Giving Up, Never Running Away
We will work with your child's OT, PT, and other therapists to make sure that our program is in line with what they recommend for your child.

FirefliesNY™ Founder, Lisa Chin Stathoulopoulos, is a Special Education teacher, a Black Belt in TaeKwonDo, and an ABA Analyst..

If you are interested in scheduling a session with FirefliesNY™, please complete the Intake Evaluation Questionnaire and email back to

Feel free to browse through our website for more information.

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