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Why Wilderness Therapy?

Vantage Point by Aspiro: Breaking Old Habits through Wilderness Therapy

Change is difficult no matter what, and Vantage Point by Aspiro understands that changing oneself while in a familiar environment can be nearly impossible. Wilderness therapy offers a complete separation, or behavioral intervention, from familiar (often undesirable) routines and habits. For individuals who struggle with cognitive rigidity, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this intervention is critical to the therapeutic process By removing them from the influences and distractions of school, home, and friends, wilderness therapy creates a unique opportunity for students to become a better version of themselves. The limitations and stressors of their daily lives are gone, and students have the opportunity to discover what they are truly able to accomplish.

Vantage Point by Aspiro: Attaining Self-Efficacy through Wilderness Therapy

The peace of the wilderness itself can have a therapeutic effect; when combined with an individualized treatment plan and Vantage Point by Aspiro’s high adventure model of experiential learning, remarkable changes are wrought in a relatively brief period of time. Adolescents learn particularly well in the outdoors through experience; experiential learning is a powerful tool in attaining self-efficacy. Many of our students struggle with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADD/ADHD, and other neurological or neurodevelopmental disorders. The wilderness environment creates a safe space for them; they are in groups with other students who have similar difficulties. The wilderness gives them an opportunity to be challenged in completely new, unconventional ways. The experience of learning that one is good at something new can be incredibly powerful for someone who struggles to fit in, or struggles with school.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A New Day

This tranquil, beautiful, safe, yet challenging setting is combined with clinical therapeutic techniques. This is disarming for even the individuals who are most resistant to treatment. Immersed in nature, our Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) students and other students develop positive peer relationships as well as meaningful relationships with our patient, loving, and clinically experienced staff.