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1:1 Support

Our 1:1 sessions provide opportunities for students to proactively learn skills that will help them flourish in many environments including group learning environments and classrooms. At Aspire, students can participate solely in 1:1 sessions if they are not yet ready to learn in group environments, can receive 1:1 support in the classroom and/or engage in 1:1 pull-out sessions to proactively learn and practice difficult academic and non-academic skills.

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Aspire Beginnings

The Aspire Beginnings program provides the optimal balance between structured learning activities and purposeful play. While traditional academic subjects are introduced, the focus of this program is teaching the foundational skills of learning: language, social interaction, imitation, attending, joint attention and self-regulation. This program combines small group teaching, one-on-one time with our educators, and play-based learning activities that are relevant, hands-on and fun! 

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Before and After Care

Our Before and After Care program is a convenient add-on option for families who need flexible pick-up and drop-off hours between 8:00am and 5:00pm. During this extra-time on campus, students will engage in structured indoor or outdoor play activities, and/or benefit from additional 1-to-1 teaching-time to practice challenging academic tasks or non-academic skills. 

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Entry to School 

The Entry to School program is a one-year school readiness program for children with autism. The program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through the Ontario Autism Program, and is offered by ACT Learning Centre across eastern Ontario.  In Ottawa, ACT Learning Centre has partnered with Aspire Academy to provide the Entry to School program at our campus (2013 Old Carp Road). 

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Parent Education

Our Parent Education programs are ideal for any caregivers who want to enjoy caregiving more, shift from reacting to responding, and learn effective strategies. Join other parents and caregivers in our 6-week, virtual "Caring for You" or "Caring for Them" series, or access parent education and support through our consultative services. These offerings are available to anyone; you're child doesn't have to attend Aspire for you to access our Parent Education programs. 

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SLP, OT + Mental Health Support

At Aspire, we are truly committed to the success of each of our students. We care about what they think, how they feel and their unique ways of learning. Our holistic approach offers Speech- Language Pathologist (SLP), Occupational Therapy (OT) and/or Mental Health supports so that our students can participate in our programs in the most meaningful ways possible. Our team of clinicians and educators work collaboratively with other professionals to target goals related to sensory processing needs, emotional and behavioural regulation, motor skill development, movement patterns, motor planning and more. Mental health supports that are tailored to our student population are also available.  

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Social Groups

Aspire’s Social Group programs create opportunities for students to make meaningful connections while improving their play and social-skills. Social skills include communication, language, play skills and the ability to make and keep friends. When social skills don’t come naturally, they can be taught and learned with practice. The goal of these 6-week long programs is for children to have a successful and meaningful social experience while learning and practicing specific skills.

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Summer Program

Our beautiful 12 acre campus has the ultimate "camp feel" during the warmer weather. These seven week programs offer students an enriched summer experience with plenty of time outside. Using evidence-based teaching strategies, educators challenge students to explore their strengths, find new ways to learn, create friendships, participate in cooperative games and physical activities, all with a big emphasis on having fun!

Why You'll Love Aspire
Academy Programs


We really get to know your child.

Before beginning, our admissions team meets with prospective students and their family to determine which program would be the best fit. In the first weeks, our team of teachers and clinicians use evidence-based tools and our curriculum guides to determine a starting point. These assessments give us the opportunity to learn more about each student. They give us a sense of how they learn, what they like, what they're good at, and what challenges them.

Our program evolves
as your child evolves.

Our educators track our students' learning on a daily basis. The data that's collected guides and influences the way that we teach. When the data shows us that our students are struggling, we adjust our teaching procedures. When the data shows us that progress is being made, we know our students are ready for the next challenge.
Data collection and analysis is a critical part of effective teaching. It allows us to ensure that we're meeting our students where they are, then gently and purposefully challenging them to reach their potential.

Our campus is designed for experiential learning.

At Aspire, learning doesn't just happen in a classroom. Our focus on experiential learning means that academic and non-academic skills and learning goals are frequently transformed into hands-on, real-world activities. This helps our students consolidate the learning that is done during traditional instruction and connect what is being learned to their life outside of Aspire. The experiential learning philosophy promotes creativity, self-reflection and present-moment thinking; skills areas that will benefit each student in and outside of the classroom.

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are developed for each student.

We know that every student learns in a different way. We embrace these differences and create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for each of our students. Our IEPs identify the students' strengths, challenges and learning style. They also detail learning goals, the teaching strategies that will be implemented and how the students' progress will be measured. 

We like to keep you in the loop.

We know how important it is for parents and caregivers to be engaged in their childs' learning so we communicate with our families regularly. Our educators provide frequent updates  through a handy communication app. Week-at-a-Glance messages are sent from our Principal, as well as your child’s teacher/educator at the beginning of each week to tell you what’s happening in the week ahead. Students receive detailed progress reports in November, and report cards in February and June. Parent-teacher meetings are another great opportunity for open communication, problem-solving and goal setting!

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Getting started is as easy as...


Complete our fast and easy online intake form by clicking "Get Started" below.


Connect with a member of our Clinical Team during a virtual Admission Meeting.


Visit Aspire for a tour of our campus and an opportunity for us to get to know your child. Discuss program placement and a plan for enrolment.

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