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ANNOUNCEMENT!

Aspire is moving its headquarters to Lexington.
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Mission

Aspire is dedicated to provide children, teens, and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and related Autism Spectrum Disorders with the knowledge and skills necessary to make social connections and develop independence leading to successful and fulfilling lives.

Aspire's approach is to teach social skills, life skills and other behavioral strategies within a small-group setting. Our programs offer a variety of recreational, social and educational activities within a group environment to help our participants learn from real-life group experiences. We focus on our participants' strengths and interests and emphasize using empirically validated interventions. Aspire also believes that the skills taught need to be consistently applied across all settings in the participant's life. For this reason, we take a collaborative approach and strive to work closely with parents, teachers, providers and others involved in the person's team. Aspire aims to meet the needs of underserved communities in the metro Boston area.

Population Served

Aspire serves children, teens and young adults aged entering the 1st grade to age 30 with Asperger's Syndrome and related challenges.

Therapeutic Components

Aspire uses a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates the fields of psychology, special education, speech therapy, and occupational therapy.  At times we offer adjunct strategies such as music therapy and drama therapy.  Our therapeutic components include:

  • Social skills coaching & instruction
  • Group therapy with a focus on relationship development
  • Structured & supported recreation
  • Collaborative/team focus
  • Social pragmatics support
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Developmental approach
  • Cognitive and behavioral approach
  • Development of self-awareness
  • Sensory integration strategies
  • Development of coping skills
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From a Parent
Ginny from Charlestown
"Aspire has had an extraordinary impact on my family.  Without their help, we would not have been able to ensure that our son could excel in social settings.  Our shy, introverted son became animated and engaged due to the innovative and dedicated professionals at both Aspire's Summer Camp program and social groups.  In the past we were saddened and hopeless, now we see a light and possibility.  Thank you Aspire!"