FAMILY-CENTERED EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING
Help families find resources needed for their child’s unique educational, social, and emotional needs
Decipher academic testing
What do the numbers mean?
Why do some of the subtest scores vary so widely?
How does that reflect in a classroom and daily life-skills?
Affirm your child’s unique strengths,
and illuminate ways to build upon them
Plan strategies that address your child’s weaknesses
Develop an accommodations plan
Attend 504 /IEP meetings or equivalent
Advocate for your child’s rights
Guide families to appropriate support services: academic testing, tutoring, therapists, speech/language support, etc.
What is a dandelion?
Dandelions are nothing more than weeds, right?
They are passed over, unseen, or often disposed of purposefully.
Yet the gifts they hold are many and varied.
This is how we see the children who encounter learning struggles. They are filled with treasures of unseen talents and gifts.
They are full of dreams and hopes, just like the wishes made
when a dandelion is blown and a wish given.
"Spir" is Latin for "breathe." The goal of Aspire is to breathe life into the possibilities and potential of each child and family with whom we work.
(Photo by Ray Troumbly)
Aspire helped our family immensely in understanding our son's diagnosis and which educational supports would be most helpful for him to reach his full potential. I felt so much more confident and at ease in my first IEP meeting. I had a better understanding of which accommodations and supports were most needed. Having another advocate, who knows my son and his abilities, as well as the special education environment, was invaluable. I felt reassured that I wouldn't miss anything due to my own lack of experience in this area. I wholeheartedly recommend their services!
The consultants at Aspire are, simply put, angels. Their expertise and insight into children are gifts.
In our first meeting, they saw what no other educators, counselors, or tutors had seen prior. They saw my son, (not a cookie cutter student, but truly him.) Their ability to to empathize with the uniqueness of each child, to understand their needs, and to offer solutions and support to exhausted parents and children during the education process is honestly life-changing. They have a gift for creating a plan that is specific to each child and comes wrapped in the warmest, most beautiful love. It is incredible. We will forever be grateful to Aspire for bringing life back to learning in a child whose flame had been extinguished.
We are so grateful for the guidance provided by Aspire for our family's journey with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Aspire provided valuable insights into our children's unique learning profiles and how we could best support their path to success. They identified resources and school options in the Upstate that best suited the educational needs of our children. We feel very fortunate as parents that we had the benefit of their expertise and experience.
Matt and Monica Holiday
There is such a HUGE need for these types of services and you two are the best to lead others through it! Most people don’t even know where to begin and it’s so frustrating when you hit road block after road block. You guys are such amazing and special women! So glad we all crossed paths
Dena Gambrell Moore
This is wonderful! Such a fantastic idea and the need is definitely there! I remember how much help you were to us, especially writing Claiborne’s 504 plan. You will do great!!!
Aspire came into our lives during what I like to refer to as “the perfect storm”! Amid a frantic season of denial and fear, our hopes were to find acceptance and gain a better understanding in an area we knew very little about, (Dyslexia.) Feeling totally lost as parents, we became desperate for guidance. Our daughter was in critical need of help, and so were we! That’s when Aspire came in. They educated us as parents right off the bat! We learned about the many positive attributes associated with dyslexia and to put less focus on the common struggles, the road blocks in a child’s educational success. Noting a critical detail of why it’s important the child be provided with experienced educators and tutors, we were told: “Dyslexia can be a superpower, amazing strengths can be found in weaknesses, hidden gifts can finally be found. Finding the right educator makes all the difference, you will see your child soar.”Our lives were changed that day. It’s comforting to know things will never be the same....the day the perfect storm came!
The Cox Family
When my youngest son was little, I began to think he had a learning problem or disorder. I worked extra hard to get him ready for kindergarten, however nothing seemed to help him and he became more and more anxious and frustrated.
He went to public school and they also saw problems. They blamed the problems on ADD, anxiety and immaturity. They gave him extra help, fewer spelling words, and had him in resource for reading. He began to believe he was “not right or just stupid”.
In third grade he could not read or spell but was getting A’s on his report card. He was a very sweet and pleasing child and every one loved him, but he was not able to read. I heard that third grade was when reading became absolutely essential, so I requested he be tested at school. The testing was done but nothing changed about how he was taught. I suspected Dyslexia but no diagnosis was made.
My mother in law suggested testing outside of the public school. He was diagnosed with dyslexia and a processing disorder. He was also diagnosed with anxiety, but this was a result of the dyslexia and his current learning situation. How this opened my eyes.
We toured schools that specialized in dyslexia as public schools do not. I met Dolly Heron while touring schools. She went to my son’s public school and met with his team. I was so worried about him leaving a school he loved. She assured me that he was capable and needed something different. She explained that he needed to be shown the key to how he learns. She knows how to unlock learning problems and turn them into solutions. With the help of Dolly Herron and Monica Cox, he found out how he learned and how to become an overcomer.
He attended Easley High and graduated with honors. He is attending college with scholarships. He is an advocate for himself, and even though dyslexia never leaves him he knows that it is a gift, and how he is made, and that all he needed was the key.
I highly recommend Dolly Heron and Monica Cox.