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Now accepting applications for the Aspire Summer Programs! 
How was your Summer?
By Elise Wulff, Program Manager, Child Services

Too late? Too soon? For participants in Aspire's summer camp, this question has meaning year-round. At Aspire, we're forward thinkers. Yes, of course, we want all of our summer campers to have a great summer filled with fun memories, but we also want them to have a great school year. I'm sure you're wondering, how does that work? I can't get my kid to think 30 seconds ahead, let alone try and ask her to think about back-to-school in the middle of summertime. Why would I do that to myself? Don't worry- we'll do it for you.   [Read More]

Aspire's Quarterly Parent Group Series: FREE!
Thursday, February 9th, 5:00 pm
Social Competency: Teaching Ways of Thinking and Being Social
To register, please email

February Vacation Programming
February 20 - February 24, 2017
1 Maguire Road, Lexington, MA
Ages 5-9, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ages 10-15, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Believe it or not, February break is right around the corner! Get the kids out of the house and interacting with their peers at Aspire!

Aspire is offering half-day sessions where your child can share preferred interests with similar peers in a well-supported environment. Participants will come together with Aspire's knowledgeable staff for a welcome meeting, a movie, and a theme-based snack. A break-out room will be available with arts and crafts, board games, and sensory tools.
Cost: $50 per child/per day.  Call for package rates - including multi-day and multi-child. For more information, contact Elise Wulff at

Aspire Speaking Engagements
  • February 4, 2017 -  Leslie O'Brien, LICSW
    • AANE 2017 Benefits Conference: Aspire Internship Program
  • February 15, 2017 - Scott McLeod, PhD
    • Lurie Center for Autism: Helping Your Child Manage Anxiety
  • February 16, 2017 - Elise Wulff, MEd
    • Charlestown Boys and Girls Club: Summer Camp Sign-up event
  • February 16, 2017Dot Lucci, MEd, CAGS

    • Needham SEPAC: Self-Awareness is at the core of Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination
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 12-week spring 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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