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Now Accepting Applications for 
Aspire Summer Programs! 
Taking Flight for April Vacation
By Amelia Rowley, Psy.D.

With April vacation right around the corner, many families are looking forward to tropical or snowy getaways. One worry we frequently hear from parents of our Aspire kids relates to navigating the challenges of air travel. Although flying with kids can be stressful, there are things you can do to set your child up for success- even while he or she is thousands of miles up in the air!   [Read More]
Aspire Gala
We asked Aspire participants, parents, internship hosts, and staff to write letters describing what Aspire means to them. 
"Dear Aspire" offers a 360ยบ view of this program: the people it helps, the difference it makes,  and the future it helps to create.
Click below to view the video.

New! Additional Explorations Location!
The teen Explorations program is expanding to another site - Charlestown! 
The program will be run in two separate locations: 
Newton and  Charlestown 

Summer Explorations Program in Charlestown:
Dates: Wednesday, July 5th - Friday, August 11th
Days:  Monday-Friday
Time:  9:30 am-3:30 pm
Address:  15 Green St., Charlestown, MA 02129  

To learn more about the Teen programs, visit our website
Groups are Already Forming...Don't Miss Out!
Research Opportunities
Lurie Center for Autism
The Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children is looking for participants for their currently enrolling studies!  For additional information about study requirements and study procedures, please contact Dr. Christopher McDougle's or  Dr. Ann Neumeyer's  study staff at 781-860-1711 or  
  •  Children's Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP)The Lurie Center is enrolling children ages 18 to 48 months who are in the process of getting evaluated for an autism spectrum disorder or developmental disorder, as well as typically developing children. This research study is being conducted to find out if a specific blood test is effective in the early detection of autism spectrum disorder. Participants are compensated for their time.
  • Mirtazapine Treatment of Anxiety in Autism - The Lurie Center is conducting a study designed to evaluate the effects of mirtazapine in children with autistic disorder, Asperger's disorder or PDD not otherwise specified. Participants must be between the ages of 5 and 17 with difficulties with anxiety. Participants must have no significant medical illness and not have had a previous adequate trial of mirtazapine. Participants will receive study medication and all study related evaluations at no charge.
  • I nvestigation of Neuroinflammation in Autism  - Seeking men aged 18-40 years with and without autism to participate in an investigation of the structure and function of the brain of adults with and without autism using MR-PET scans. Participants are compensated for their time.
To learn more, please visit our website .  

The Bressler Clinical and Research Program 
ASD Namenda Study Taking Place at MGH.  Has your child ever been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Does he or she have trouble communicating? Does he or she have problems reading social cues? Is your child 8-17 years old? Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting a research study using Namenda (memantine) to see if the medication has any effects on symptoms. The study also includes a brain scan before and after treatment to help us understand the functional and chemical characteristics of the brain in children and adolescents with ASD.  12 weeks of treatment with study medication or placebo-2 proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy scans of your child's brain Your child will receive monetary compensation for participating. If you are interested in learning about this research study at MGH, please call the study coordinator, Abby, at 617-724-7079. 

 for the 
Internship Program!
The Aspire Internship program is accepting applications for the summer cycle! 

The Internship program provides on-going job support for the 10-week summer cycle. Interns have been carefully matched with companies like:
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Safelite 
  • Insurance Auto Auctions International
  • Boston Public Market
  • WGBH 
For more information and to apply visit the website.

About Aspire


Aspire is dedicated to providing children, teens, and adults with a high cognitive autism spectrum disorder or a related profile with the knowledge and skills necessary to make social connections and develop independence leading to successful and fulfilling lives.

MGH Aspire  
1 Maguire Road
Lexington, MA 02421 
f: 781-860-1920  

Aspire is a program of Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children  

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