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May 2017                                                                                                                             The Aspire Wire
Last Call for Applications for 
Aspire Summer Programs! 
Design and Engineering!
By Dot Lucci, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Many teen and young adult participants at Aspire come with interests in the fields of STEM - science, technology, engineering and math.   They have a desire to work as engineers, sports statisticians, or animators among other STEM careers.   The content learning (i.e. "hard skills") in these fields comes easy to them and they may even surpass some of their teachers in school!   These interests can turn into careers/jobs; however, the hard skills are not enough in today's competitive work force.   Employers are looking for employees who can get along with co-workers, work under pressure, contribute to a team and think critically and problem solve.   [Read More]
College Boot Camp!
College Boot Camp is designed for high school juniors and seniors, students doing a gap year, and students making a transition back to college.

In this  one-week summer program, participants learn about campus life, 
how to connect with peers, how to decode a syllabus, and access resources.  
Days: Monday - Friday
Dates: August 7 - Friday August 11
Time:   9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: Lesley University

To learn more, 

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

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
Young Adult Relationship Group
Theme:  relationships (intimate and non-intimate);  themes can be generated from specific interests of the group members, but can include:  
  • What can the development of a non-intimate relationship look like?  
  • What can the development of an intimate relationship look like?  
  • What are some ways to work through differences and challenges in intimate and non-intimate relationships (e.g., different political beliefs)?  
Clinician: Scott McLeod, Ph.D
Dates: June 29 - August 10
Day:  Thursday
Time:  6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Lexington
Duration: 7 weeks

To learn more, call 781-860-1900 or email
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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.
  • Investigation 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 Center
  • ASD Namenda Study Taking Place at MGHThis 12-week study seeks to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Namenda (memantine) for the treatment of core features of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in children and adolescents. Deficits in social interaction are the central feature of ASD and often result in significant impairment for individuals with High Functioning-ASD. Available data from past treatment studies of Namenda demonstrates improvements in a range of impairments including attentional and social skills in individuals with ASD. Eligible subjects, children ages 8-17 with a DSM-V diagnosis of ASD, will be enrolled to receive either placebo or Namenda. Subjects also complete a pre- and post-treatment brain scan before and after treatment with Namenda. 
To learn more, contact Abigail Belser :781-724-7079 | 
 for the 
Internship Program!
The Aspire Internship program is accepting applications for the fall cycle! 

The Internship program provides on-going job support for the 12-week fall cycle. Interns have been carefully matched with companies like:
  • Boston Public Market
  • Insurance Auto Auctions International
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Safelite 
  • 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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