Who do we treat?
The Aspire Day School integrates education and intensive mental health treatment for elementary and middle school students with behavioral/psychological disorders and their families, to reduce barriers to learning and education.
The Aspire school provides the foundation for students to learn and manage their symptoms and behaviors, focus and concentrate, and demonstrate the acquisition of new information. Students will increase their attendance, reading, and math skills, as well as participation while attending Aspire. The program is equipped to deal with crises by providing 24-hour crisis services and in-home counseling to support the students and reduce further academic barriers. Students can receive transition services as they return to their home school district so that they maintain their newly acquired skills.
The summer program bridges learning and therapeutic gains from one academic year to the next with recreation, outdoor adventures, and continued therapies. Students attend a six-hour program day with instruction provided in group and individualized formats. Individual, group, and family therapy are also provided throughout the school day.
What do we treat?
Aspire Day School is a therapeutically supportive program that focuses on both behavioral and academic goals, building upon the student’s existing strengths. To reduce barriers to academic learning, students learn to manage symptoms and increase their level of functioning and stability so that they may return to their home school district. Transition planning with home schools is key to future success.
Aspire Day School offers a highly structured curriculum using multiple evidenced-based treatment modalities including behavioral modification for behavioral problems. ASPIRE™ youth participate in therapeutic groups, individual psycho-social rehabilitation, and individual and family counseling that is designed to teach healthy social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, appropriate classroom behavior, improved focusing skills, appropriate verbalization, and impulse control as appropriate to the assessed diagnosis and treatment plan. ASPIRE™ also employs a Family Integration Specialist, whose primary role is to engage families, extended family, and community members in comprehensive skills training and are coached to be active in the treatment process.
Each youth sets an achievable daily goal and a home-based goal that is related to problematic behavior. Goals are reviewed with their parents or caregivers daily, who provide daily feedback.
Most participants of Aspire Day Treatment program identify with anger problems so a huge part of our treatment model is Aggression Replacement Training/Anger Management (ART). ART treatment is a research-based approach for working with challenging youth utilizing three components: social skills training, anger control, and moral reasoning.
Our Aspire team frequently uses process groups for our older youth to develop the skills necessary to deal with their individual problems/issues by using the group process to provide peer interaction and feedback in developing problem-solving strategies and to assist one another in resolving behavioral and emotional problems. Process groups are based on the premise that much of human behavior and feeling involves the individual's adaptation and response to other people and that the group can assist individuals in making necessary changes by means of support, feedback, and guidance.
Our team provides counseling by licensed professionals and it assists youth in achieving a better psychosocial adaptation, to acquire greater human realization of psychosocial potential and adaptation, to modify internal and external conditions that affect individuals, groups, or communities with respect to behavior, emotions, and thinking, in respect to their intrapersonal and interpersonal processes. Psychotherapy does not include physiological interventions, including medication intervention.
Our family therapy, group therapy, and individual sessions build prosocial skills that help students manage social interactions at home, school, and in the community.
A few topics we cover are problem-solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, and communication skills.
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Therapeutic activities include gross motor activities, cinema therapy, therapeutic board games, and creative art projects to teach and strengthen daily living skills and develop body coordination, physical health, and self-esteem. Our PRS groups help youth to identify barriers/obstacles related to their psychiatric and psychological experiences and, through the course of group interaction, become better able to identify skills that address symptoms and behaviors and increase adaptive behaviors.