Aspire Wire - January 2019
What's Happening at Aspire
By Jessica Pappagianopoulos

This month's featured article discusses the importance of self care as a parent and caregiver. Parents often put their child first, but self-care is one of the most selfless acts. Try adding self-care to your to-do list as this new year begins!  Follow this link to read more.
Join us at our fourth annual Open House. Our Program Managers will preview upcoming Summer programs and MGH Aspire Executive Director, Scott McLeod, will present "Summer Skill Development: Transitioning Back to School". Presentations will be held concurrently during two breakout sessions and there will be opportunities to meet & greet other MGH Aspire parents. Call 781-860-1900 to register today.
MGH Aspire teen participants are cordially invited to attend our 2nd Annual Winter Masquerade Ball. Pull-out your semi-formal attire, bring a mask, and come dance the night away! Current and past teen participants are welcome to register.  For additional information,  or to register, call us at 781-860-1900.
Parent Coaching Services
Now Available
MGH Aspire strives to support the diverse needs of all our participants and families. We recognize that not all goals can be achieved through school-based services. Our private and personalized parent coaching sessions are an opportunity to meet with our experts to discuss your child’s specific needs at home or in the community and receive individualized coaching on strategies to help your child progress and achieve success. To learn more about these services, please call 781-860-1900.
Join us for the MGH Aspire Spring Gala on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Your support of the gala will enable us to expand our MGH Aspire Works internship program, provide financial aid to participants in need, and launch new programs. Last year’s event raised more than $2.6 million – help us keep the momentum going in 2019! For more information on how you can support MGH Aspire at the gala, click here.
The February vacation program, based in our Lexington, Massachusetts location, will run Tuesday 2/19 thru Friday 2/22. New and returning participants ages 5-13 are invited to apply. In age-matched peer cohorts, participants will enjoy theme-based vacation days filled with structured activities. Daily schedules will include games, arts and crafts, cooking projects, movement activities, and down-time options.
January 16 , 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The Lurie Center for Autism is pleased to host a forum to help families learn where diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder can be made, when is an appropriate time for disclosure, how to disclose, and should you disclose. Brett Mulder, PsyD, Director of Teen and Adult Services at MGH Aspire, and Rachel Goldin, Clinical Psychologist at the Lurie Center, will present "Disclosure and ASD." Tips and strategies will be provided and discussed through case examples. To RSVP, call 781-860-1700.