Vantage Point

Vantage Point

A Focus on Positive Change

Adolescence and the transition to adulthood can be a difficult time for even the most highly functioning young people. Vantage Point by Aspiro is designed for adolescents (ages 13 – 17) and young adults (ages 18 – 28) who face additional challenges as they grapple with a wide range of emotional, learning, neurodevelopmental, psychological and behavioral difficulties. We offer comprehensive wilderness therapy treatment in a dynamic, experiential setting. Some of the issues our students struggle with are:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Aspergers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (level 1)
  • Bullied
  • Depression
  • Developmental Immaturity
  • Electronic/Technology Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Differences
  • Limited Food Choices
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Low Motivation
  • Narrow Interests
  • Non-Learning Verbal Disorders (NLD)
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Rigid Thinking
  • School Refusals
  • Sensory Issues
  • Social Skill Differences

Many adolescents, especially those with learning or emotional difficulties, have not yet developed the ability to process information verbally and apply it to their lives. They may struggle with connecting cause and effect. These connections are best made through experience. Adventure wilderness therapy offers the opportunity for our students to learn firsthand from their own experiences; this is crucial to healthy adolescent development.

Clinical Treatment in a Wilderness Therapy Setting

Vantage Point by Aspiro is a short-term clinical wilderness therapy and assessment program based in Mt. Pleasant, Utah; it is focused on skill enhancement through a multi-modal approach that integrates comprehensive assessment, individualized treatment, group cohesion, family integration and adventure based therapeutic experiences. At all times, whether on an adventure or at our base camp, participants are supervised by a team of experienced professionals who keep them safe in a compassionate, supportive and therapeutic environment.  Our students benefit from facing challenges and experiencing success in a high adventure therapy model, leading to an increased level of self-efficacy.

Therapy for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, & Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Among Others

Accurate assessment and understanding of the whole child, combined with specific skill building and self-efficacy, are essential to overcoming learning and neurodevelopmental issues (eg. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder). Vantage Point by Aspiro provides continuous assessment and customized treatment:

  • Comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment on-site and in the community
  • Individualized training in social, emotional, behavioral, communication, and academic skills
  • Confidence, motivation, and self-efficacy learned through safe and challenging wilderness therapy adventure experiences
  • Treatment goals are updated on a weekly basis
  • Regular and consistent communication with parents and referring professionals
  • Ongoing functional assessment of each student results in integrated recommendations for further treatment

Our wilderness therapy expeditions inspire self-discovery while focusing on connection with family and character development through challenge and adventure. Vantage Point by Aspiro students experience remarkable, positive change as they are inspired by nature and the process of personal growth.

Vantage Point was designed to help students struggling with a wide range of emotional issues, behavioral challenges, and learning disabilities. Adolescents and young adults who struggle with emotional and behavioral problems often have undiagnosed learning disabilities or cognitive issues. Common challenges that a Vantage Point student faces may include:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment
  • Aspergers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (level 1)
  • Bullied
  • Depression
  • Developmental Immaturity
  • Electronic/Technology Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Differences
  • Limited Food Choices
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Low Motivation
  • Narrow Interests
  • Non-Learning Verbal Disorders (NLD)
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Rigid Thinking
  • School Refusals
  • Sensory Issues
  • Social Skill Differences

Learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), emotional issues, and behavioral challenges often make life as an adolescent or young adults arduous and stressful.  Unfortunately, some adolescents deal with this stress in unhealthy ways. A Vantage Point by Aspiro student may display coping patterns and behaviors including:

  • Unhealthy hygiene
  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Excessive video game or electronic use
  • Computer or internet addictions
  • Impulsivity
  • Verbal aggression
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Academic Difficulty
  • Limited or no true friendships
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Cognitive Rigidity (black and white thought process)

Vantage Point by Aspiro is the perfect place to clarify your child’s issues with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD, ADHD, etc. and create a plan for intervention and success. Identifying undiscovered roadblocks is essential for intervention and future success. 

Exclusions 
Each potential student application is carefully evaluated. All applicants who can safely participate in a base camp/adventure therapy experience are considered. As such, students who could potentially present safety issues for themselves or others in a wilderness therapy program may not be a good fit for Vantage Point by Aspiro. The following conditions usually warrant further evaluation before accepting a student:

  • Antisocial tendencies
  • Dissociataive Disorders
  • Significant suicide risk
  • History of or tendency toward violence
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Severe active eating disorders

The Proven Alternative to Bootcamp

While bootcamps focus on behavioral modification and extrinsic (external force) motivations, our Wilderness Adventure Therapy Program intrinsic (internal decision) motivation through the use of positive psychology and relationship based therapy techniques. Without the use of coercion, your child will learn how to problem solve, manage and assess risk, and drive their own motivation as opposed to being forced into actions. We invite, support and encourage participation from each of our students. Aspiro is a clinically sophisticated research based program licensed by the State of Utah.

Treatment as Unique as Your Child

Students participate in individual and group sessions facilitated by a Master’s or Ph.D. level therapist who creates a comprehensive assessment of each student and their specific needs. They will gather information from parents, professionals, psychological testing, and therapeutic field observations to create a detailed recommendation for the transition plan and long-term success of your child.

It’s All About the Family

Aspiro is committed to incorporating a family systems approach throughout treatment. Parents and sometimes other family members are expected to participate in weekly phone communication with the primary therapist, various reading and writing assignments, and attendance at our on-site parent seminar midway through the program. At Aspiro we not only work with the individual child, we work with the entire family.

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What makes Aspiro a truly unique and special experience is our highly trained and dedicated team.

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Research shows that our students report a 38% increase in self-confidence. When faced with success in their abilities, students begin to believe in themselves again.