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Vantage Point by Aspiro: Additional Resources and Alternatives

Here we’ve provided some reputable sources of information as you explore wilderness therapy and other therapeutic options for your child.

Research on outdoor, adventure and wilderness therapy:

The University of Idaho-Wilderness & Protected Area Research Center (WPARC) is a university wide research facility in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Idaho.  This site has a comprehensive listing of related research. Wilderdom.com provides resources about outdoor education and related programs and methods, such as residential camping, experiential education, environmental education, and adventure wilderness therapy. The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH) was founded in 1996 when representatives from a handful of wilderness treatment programs joined to collaborate and to share best practices.

Information and resources on helping children with learning and neurodevelopmental issues:

US government publication on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. “Life Success For Children With Learning Disabilities: A Parent Guide”  This publication outlines research on what factors seem to contribute to success in adults who struggle with learning issues. Vantage Point by Aspiro is dedicated to building these success factors.

Professional organizations of interest:

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Learning Disabilities Association of America

Vantage Point by Aspiro: Finding the Right Treatment Plan

At Vantage Point by Aspiro, we believe in the power of wilderness therapy to help adolescents with a variety of neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral disorders, and learning disabilities, because we have seen what our program has done for so many young people. We encourage you to research all the options, and makes sure that you pursue a treatment that is the best fit for your child and your family.  
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