Marler What do you do when you know your child’s strengths, but every day you see them tripped up by their challenges? What if we could connect with your child’s strengths, overcome their challenges, and do this without tears, belligerence, or you losing your mind. My name is Dr. Jeff Marler of ASPIRE Interventions and I think we can do this.
E. McRoberts I was hoping that Elliott would not hate therapy. And that was one goal that I didn’t, looking for a therapist that would make it fun and interactive, where he was enjoying it, and learning at the same time. Elliott really loves ASPIRE. He begs to come every day.
Staus We are seeing Joseph applying some of the things he’s seeing here. So he will spontaneously start talking to his toys. Which is amazing! Say hello to them, start putting them away and say goodbye. I’ll also see him begin to generalize some of those activities. He gets so excited by the things he’s learning. Those spontaneous moments are the ones where I know things are sinking in. I think with Dr. Marler, he’s got a very unique model here!
LaForte ASPIRE’s a little different from what you might be used to, what the school may do, or what other therapies may do, but it works. And that’s what’s important. One of Harrison’s biggest issues was communicating with kids his age. He has a hard time relating sometimes. And I believe that coming to the group sessions and coming to camp, he’s made friends in a safe space for him.
Soto One of the things I really appreciate about our time at ASPIRE is that Dr. Marler and the interns that are here working with him all have an appreciation for all the children I see them working with. And they really appreciate their sense of humor or their quirkiness, or whatever their strengths are. The process has been painless. There’s not been anything that’s caused tears or been over confrontational or anything. It’s been really subtle. Looking at where Max is strong and filling in those weaknesses.
T. McRoberts Elliott has fit right in. He loves Dr. Marler. And now he’s using real words all the time. (laughs) It’s just exciting. It’s like he learns more every day. And he gets along a lot better at school. I like the ASPIRE method of playing, getting the talking in with the playing, and following the systematic introduction of a toy, of a sound, of a word, and of a concept – working it into a conversation. Because those conversations begin transferring into regular daily life almost immediately.
E. McRoberts The play therapy. Not thinking that he is actually doing therapy, but therapy is coming out during play, both during group and individual. He didn’t think it was a job. And he doesn’t dread coming. He enjoys it. He is looking forward to coming and play with Dr. Jeff.
Staus Dr. Marler is right up the street from us. And I was meeting the other parents and I realized how far they had driven to find Dr. Marler. And how many speech therapists they’d researched to find him.
T. McRoberts I think you have to have a gift and I think Dr. Marler has that gift to sit and work with children. Because if you don’t have that, nothing seems to come easily for a child. But Dr. Marler sits them down and gets them to do things and you think, that’s a miracle because I can’t get him to do any of that. So I think the play therapy is really a great benefit.
Soto Dr. Marler’s experience, Dr. Marler’s personality, that it really allows him to meet a lot of needs.
LaForte I feel absolutely more hopeful for my child.
Staus I think the best advice I have is don’t wait! Trust your instincts! Get to know the people who are going to be spending a lot of time with your child.
Marler Are people telling you that your child’s an unsuccessful communicator or has a tough time learning? Are you hearing a lot about challenges and not a whole lot about solutions? I want you to do three things. Number one, go with your gut. If you think something’s wrong, do something about it. Parents know their children. Number two, call us. Call us and receive a free, forty-five minute consultation with me. Number three, connect online. Like us on Facebook. We want to connect with you. And finally, our goal at ASPIRE Interventions is to empower children who learn differently and mentor the families who love them.