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A Measure of Success
A closer look at what iASPIRE is doing for Teens with Aspergers Syndrome.
Everyone knows that everyone needs friends, but for teens with Aspergers Syndrome making friends can be a very difficult task. Any parent of a child on the Autism spectrum will tell you that friendships, reading social cues, initiating conversation, and social opportunities are few and far between for their children. When we started Cary Youth Aspie Bowling, our mission was to make the program the best two hours of everyone's week and I think we've accomplished the goal!
We now have teens that get together for movies on the weekend, they friend each other on Facebook, they text each other throughout the week, they get together for events, they call each other to plan, they walk to class together, they date, and they do presentations on their interests to the others in the group. They also cheer each other on, high-five and show genuine compassion for each others well being.
So how do you measure the success of a program? You just look at their faces!
I just want to say how much I love the iASPIRE programs. They are working SO well for Nick, and having so many new friends and social outings is giving him confidence and happiness that is spilling over into other areas of his life. Friends” and social activities have been the missing piece of the puzzle for him, and now things feel SOOooooooo good!
--- N. Brodsky, Parent
The iASPIRE program has given him a sense of accomplishment, pride, responsibility, as well as a group of peers with whom he can relate and feels he belongs.Thank you so much for taking the initiative and recognizing the need for such a program.
--- K. Feller, Parent
Karen has a sharp focus and vision for innovative services that she can provide to those with Asperger’s Syndrome. This vision combined with her smart business sense makes iAspire an organization that I feel can benefit many in our community. Everything I’ve seen and participated at iAspire is of great quality and beneficial to both Asperger's Youth and their families.
--- S. Mielock, parent
I consider [Karen] to be a recognized leader in the field of helping children and their families find solutions for their needs whether those needs are simple or complex. I also consider her to be one of the best resources in our area.
--- B. Allen, LCSW
Karen knows from personal experience, the ins-and-outs of Autism and the desperate need of those families needing services to care for their children on the Autism spectrum. Her personal dedication and willingness to do what it takes, in order to let those she comes in contact with rise to their full potential, is unparalleled.
-- A.Pivec, Program Development
It's the Critic's Choice!
Movie and Video Game Reviews, written by our iASPIRE participants.
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What families are saying about iASPIRE...
The families that come back each season are a testimony to how it has greatly improved our children's self esteem and social skills. We all see the growth, confidence, and friendships gained. It is such an effective program that we find ourselves scheduling other events around the weekly bowling.
-- T. Sultan-Dula, Parent
I think iASPIRE is the most awesome social opportunity that Marisa has ever had. It gives her
the balance and the confidence that she desperately needs. For my daughter it means that she is accepted by her peers. For me, its a chance to be around other people who I can relate to, who know what I go through and they don't stand in judgment of my parenting skills. I really look forward to going.
-- L.Smith, Parent
I have seen my son's confidence soar and his overall enjoyment with people reach beyond my expectations. He is learning to be independent within social settings and with his overall life skills. He is what all mother's ask for: a happy child! iASPIRE offers the Autistic young adult community the opportunity to learn life skills that can allow them the freedom to be successful beyond the 4 walls of their homes and perhaps to independence which was once unimaginable.
--- E Macri, Parent
Who We Serve
iASPIRE programs serve teens between the ages of 14-24* with Aspergers Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism. Our programs are designed to improve social skills, and self-esteem. We help our participants develop the confidence and skills necessary for, developing friendships, independent living, and exploring their personal strengths towards gainful employment. (* Ages 10 and up for Tae Kwon Do and 14-35 for Basic Cooking).