Aspiro’s Girls Group: Mindfulness, Food Attitudes, and Expressive Therapy

The Adventure Therapy Model at Aspiro creates a space for girls to develop self efficacy and find confidence in their ability to do hard things. In addition to the many gains made through wilderness adventure therapy, a holistic approach in their treatment is crucial. […]

SPOTLIGHT – Aspiro is very excited to announce the promotion of Ryan Coley to Executive Director

Contact: Josh Watson, LCSW – CMO | (801) 819-2353 –

Ryan has been a part of the Aspiro team since 2009 and throughout his tenure has had the opportunity to work in the areas of Admissions, Program Development, Primary Therapist, and Clinical Director.  Ryan has […]

SPOTLIGHT – Novitas Academy Announces Successful Trip To Costa Rica

Novitas Academy is excited to announce that their first international trip to Costa Rica was a huge success. Eight boys, who are currently enrolled at Novitas, participated in this 10 day trip.

Novitas partnered with Pure Life by Aspiro, a wilderness adventure therapy program that specializes in […]

SPOTLIGHT The Aspiro Admissions Team Expands to New Level of Excellence






Shannon Weaver and Ryan Schaffer

We are excited to announce the addition of Shannon Weaver as the Associate Director of Admissions and the promotion of Ryan Schaffer from a lead field guide to our newest Admissions Counselor. Both of these individuals bring a vast amount of experience to […]







We invite you to get to know Ryan by watching this short video clip.

Ryan’s contributions to Aspiro over the past 7 years have played a vital role in the ongoing innovation of Aspiro‘s experiential, adventure-based, wilderness treatment model. In collaboration with Associate Clinical Director, Dr. […]

SPOTLIGHT The Aspiro Group is excited to welcome James Passatore as the Pure Life Nutrition and Wellness Specialist!








Andrew Taylor, CSUDC, Executive Director
(801) 349-2740, Ext. 1 –


Originally from Ohio, James spent the last decade traveling the world developing his skills as a wellness coach.

He spent the majority of this time in Hong Kong where he worked with everyone from celebrities and models […]

6 Things to Look for When Choosing a Boarding School for Your Teen with Autism Spectrum Disorder








It can be extremely therapeutic for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder to interact with other people like themselves. Autism Spectrum Disorder can be incredibly isolating, and individuals with ASD may connect more easily with each other than with “outsiders.” Reputable boarding schools tailored to students […]

SPOTLIGHT Vantage Point by Aspiro Welcomes New Therapist Brandon Andrus!








Vantage Point by Aspiro Welcomes New Therapist Brandon Andrus!

Aspiro’s Vantage Point program is the industry’s leader in Wilderness Adventure Therapy for Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, along with other social, learning, and neurodevelopmental challenges.

The Aspiro Group enthusiastically welcomes Brandon Andrus to the Vantage Point clinical […]

SPOTLIGHT The Aspiro Group is excited to welcome Janna Dean, LCSW, to the Pure Life Aspiro family!








The Aspiro Group is excited to welcome Janna Dean, LCSW, to the Pure Life Aspiro family!

Growing up in a small town in rural Utah, Janna spent most of her time outside, enjoying nature, and traveling with her family whenever possible. At a young age, she developed a […]

Defining Level 1 Autism: Distinguishing Why Different Levels of Care are Needed for Different Traits






By: Carl Smoot, PhD, Shane A. Whiting, Ph.D., LMFT, Brandon Moffitt, LPC

The Aspiro Group

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined as having persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts. The current DSM-5 diagnostic manual has separated the disorder into three varying degrees:

Level […]

2017-09-06T20:41:27+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Articles, Autism, Uncategorized|
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