LEADPrep satellite campus at Ryther

Aspiring Youth Parents:

We’re excited to announce that Aspiring Youth’s parent organization, Ryther, will be hosting the Seattle satellite campus for LEADPrep, a really great private school.

Here is a message from LEADPrep Director, Maureen O’Shaughnessy:

LEADPrep is Teaming with Ryther!

Knowing how well-served many of you have been by Aspiring Youth, it is a pleasure to announce our new collaboration. LEADPrep Middle and High School of Kirkland will be launching a Seattle campus here at Ryther this fall. Families on both sides of the “pond” will have easy access to this personalized, innovative teaching model. The Seattle campus will serve  up to 15 students in 6th-10th grade.

The LEADPrep learning model will remain the same: project-based lessons, STEM, community building, with an emphasis on kindness and service. Flipped lessons eliminate homework; personalized coaching supports learning at school.  (See details at lead-prep.org.) Experiential Fridays will unite students from both campuses for service projects, field trips, team building, and non-traditional Northwest PE. Additionally, LEADPrep will be able to access Ryther resources such as robotics teachers, the outdoor challenges course, and after school activities. Adding these to Digital Storytelling, Spanish, STEM, and core subjects will allow LEADPrep to become even more engaging and personalized.

Along with Kirkland open houses and hosting students for a day-long visit, there are parent information sessions at Ryther on April 20 and May 24, 6:30-8:00pm (register through the links). Digital Storytelling themed summer camps on LEADPrep’s Kirkland campus is another excellent resource to engage our students. (Details at cherrystreetfilms.org.)

Aspiring Youth Running Club competes in first 5k

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On Saturday November 19th, the Aspiring Youth Running Club took to the trails at Carkeek Park to compete in the team’s first 5k. Despite the rain and mud, our runners showed up with a positive attitude and support for one another. They did an incredible job navigating hills, stairs, and the occasional fallen tree, with […]

Delphi Young Adults upcoming programs

Young adults want to succeed. We provide the guidance.

Delphi is for young adults, ages 18-28, who have Autism, ADHD or other similar traits.

Delphi Workspace

Delphi Workspace gives young adults the chance to connect with a peer community while pursuing real-world projects. Participants select project roles based on interest and work in small teams — also with informal time for socializing.

wire-bound-pad.jpgWe also offer independent study to work on a project, job search or college homework assignment.

Delphi Workspace participants can receive 1:1 adviser time, offering guidance on topics: job search/resume, health and wellness, money management and independent living skills.

  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays

  • Time: 12:00 – 3:00pm

  • Where: Ryther, 2400 NE 95th St, Seattle, 98115

  • No fee! Delphi Workspace is in pilot phase.

Come one or both days! No need to RSVP. For questions, contact info@aspiringyouth.net.

Delphi Social Clubs

Delphi Social Clubs are a great weekend hang-out for young adults, ages 21-28. Come to hang out and meet some awesome people. We will have some fun social card games, too. One of our coaches will be there to make sure everyone is having a great time. When you arrive, look for our “Delphi Young Adults” sign at the large table.

  • When: Saturday, Nov 5, 20 and Dec 10

  • Time: 4:00-6:00pm

  • Where: Pub at Montlake at 2307 24th Ave E in Seattle

  • No fee! Bring money for food and beverages. 

A big thanks to Pub at Montlake for their commitment to creating an inclusive environment.

No need to RSVP. For questions, contact info@aspiringyouth.net.


Summer fun for young adults: biking and climbing!

Late summer is a great time to get active — whether outside or inside! Join Aspiring Youth for one or all of our activities geared toward young adults with any ability level.


Learn how to climb and make new friends at Seattle Bouldering Project. An Aspiring Youth facilitator will be present to help guide this informal evening. Pizza and beer afterwards!

  • When: August 20 and 27, September 10, 17 and 24

  • Time: 4:30-6:30pm

  • Where: Seattle Bouldering Project



A day of cycling around Magnuson Park is a great way to build confidence, try a new experience and establish relationships. Join Aspiring Youth and Outdoors for All for both of these exciting outings!

  • When: August 27 and September 2

  • Time: 12:30-4:30pm

  • Where: Meet at Ryther, 2400 NE 95th St in Seattle

  • Bicycles are provided!


Transitions: Optimizing life as an adult with autism

A talk with Dr. Gary StobbeCapture

As individuals with autism age into adulthood, many new barriers emerge than interfere with success, happiness, and accessing the community as an adult. To better understand these barriers and to better identify opportunities to promote successful transition to adulthood, Dr. Stobbe will review what is currently known about the autism trajectory, co-occuring medical and mental health conditions, and the balance of assisting our loved ones while at the same time promoting their independence.

Light refreshments served. Click here to RSVP.


About Dr. Gary Stobbe

Dr. Stobbe is a Board Certified Neurologist sub-specializing in the field of cognitive and behavioral neurology. Dr. Stobbe joined the University of Washington School of Medicine faculty in 2008 and is Clinical Assistant Professor of both Psychiatry and Neurology, specializing in autism spectrum disorders, multiple sclerosis, and traumatic brain injury. In 2009, Dr. Stobbe helped establish the Seattle Children’s Autism Center, and currently serves as Director of Adolescent and Adult Services. Dr. Stobbe also helped establish the UW Medicine Adult Autism Clinic and is currently serving as Medical Director, and is the Director of the Adults and Elders Program at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UW. Research experience includes numerous medication treatment clinical trials in autism as well as heath care systems and delivery.

Suggested reading: Roux, A.M., Shattuck, P.T., Rast, J. E., Rava, J. A., and Anderson, K.A. (2015). National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University.

Learning Environments and Living Environments

Transferring lessons for school to home and back again.

A talk with Ilene Schwartz, Ph.D., BCBA-D of University of Washington

8081866129_45189a1250_zLearning happens everywhere. For all people it is important to use the skills that we learn across environments — at school, home, work, and in the community. For people with disabilities, especially those with ASD, using skills learned in one environment in another may be challenging. The purpose of this talk is to review the concept of generalization and propose some strategies that teachers and families can use to help people with disabilities use their newly learned skills across environments.

  • Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016

  • Time: 7:00-8:30pm

  • Location: Ryther 2400 NE 95th Street Seattle, WA 98115

Light refreshments served. Click here to RSVP.


About Dr. Ilene Schwartz:

Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions. She has had consistent research funding from the U.S. Department of Education since 1990 and serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997; and is currently involved in research projects examining the efficacy of the Project DATA model with toddlers and preschoolers with autism.

Autism in Love Screening and Q&A in Bothell

Aspiring Youth was recently asked to lead a discussion for King County Public Library. We are honored to have the privilege and are proud to send one of our lead facilitators, R. Boccamazzo PsyD, who wrote the below post:

“Given the prevalence of the autism diagnosis (1 in 68), this movie is for everyone.”

Frequently, I encounter individuals who believe that those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders have no interest in socializing. While the degree of interest varies widely from individual to individual, the truth is I have yet to encounter someone on the spectrum in either my personal life or psychology practice who has zero interest in socializing with other people.Capture

The trouble is people on the autism spectrum do want contact with others, but it is often coupled with idiosyncratic rigidity about social rules and confusion about how other, more neuro-typical individuals socialize. Imagine being a long-time resident of a foreign country where you are still unclear on the local customs of behavior, or maybe even how to speak the language. You would likely be lonely, confused, anxious and pessimistic. This is how many of my clients view their social lives. They desperately wish to have the sort of relationships that others have, especially romantic, but are unsure how to achieve them. If they are achieved, maintaining those relationships is often a confusing, heartbreaking challenge where one partner does not understand the motivations of the other.

Nevertheless, the longing for human contact is there.

The universal need for love is the focus of the documentary Autism in Love, which will be screening for free on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm at the Bothell library north of Seattle. The film follows the lives of four people with autism diagnoses as they navigate the tumultuous waters of love across the lifespan. The film achieves a remarkable balance in shining a light on both the ups and the downs of relationships for its participants. It highlights the fact that, while they may have different ways of understanding and expressing it, all of the people in this film seek out love, companionship and acceptance. At the same time, the film does not shy away from presenting the significant challenges and struggles that the participants face as a result of their unique way of understanding the world.

Given the prevalence of the autism diagnosis (1 in 68), this movie is for everyone: teachers, parents, mental health clinicians, those on the autism spectrum and the general public. The odds are that you will eventually know someone on the autism spectrum at some point in your life, if you don’t already. Register for the free screening and following question and answer session.

Autism in Love Screening and Q&A

Where: Bothell library

When: 12/5/15 at 2pm

Cost: Free – register here

R BoccamazzoR. Boccamazzo, PsyD, LMHCA

Dr. Boccamazzo is a doctor of clinical psychology and social skills coach with Aspiring Youth. Additionally, he has a private psychology practice in Bellevue offering individual therapy and psychological assessment to adolescents and adults, as well as parent and clinician trainings on technology in psychology. Much of his work focuses on high functioning autism, problematic technology usage, social anxiety, trauma, and schizophrenia. In his spare time, he enjoys acting, board games, video games, and weight lifting.