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Since 1974, our primary mission has been to provide Early Intervention services to children up to the age of 3. Children who are served are considered at risk for a variety of issues, including Down syndrome, autism, hearing and vision loss, speech and motor delays, and mental health. The hallmark of Early Intervention is that therapists deliver the services in the home or a community setting. Aspire also has an Early Intervention Partnership Program (EIPP), one of only eight in the state. The goal of that program is to reduce infant mortality by identifying risks to parents and babies, often before the babies are born. The agency also runs Little Explorers preschool, which is open to typically developing children and those with mild developmental delays.
To better reflect the nature of its longstanding expertise in Early Intervention services and its ability to serve individua ls with a wide variety of physical and developmental needs, Cerebral Palsy Association of Eastern Massachusetts (CPEM) recently changed its name to Aspire Developmental Services, Inc.
In 2014, Aspire provided services to 1,782 children. Aspire has a multi-disciplinary team that includes Early Intervention s pecialists, occupational, physical and speech therapists, and social workers. Translators speak more than a dozen languages.