Monarch Center for Autism is a division of Bellefaire JCB, one of the nation’s leading providers and innovators of wellness, advocacy and behavioral healthcare for children, youth and their families. Located on a beautiful 32-acre campus in Cleveland, Ohio, Monarch offers a comprehensive array of programs and autism services for individuals ages 3 through adulthood, with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Highlights include an autism preschool; autism day school for children, adolescents and young adults; autism transitional education program; autism residential treatment facilities for children, adolescents and adults; summer and extended school year programs; family training, support and social activities; consultation and therapy; VizZle™ (visual language technology); autism educational services; and an autism resource center.
Monarch’s treatment model, developed through an ongoing partnership with Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, combines concept-driven language instruction with visual supports, and complements the treatment method (e.g., Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Floor Time) that’s most appropriate for each child. The model helps our students retrieve, receive, process, express, and generalize information, thereby teaching them to communicate their needs and express their feelings. They learn to comment and have meaningful conversations. Obtaining these skills alleviates frustration, builds confidence and enriches daily quality of life.
Monarch School has an enrollment of more than 95 students and the Boarding Academy (autism residential treatment program) has more than 20 residents. Ranging in age from 3 to 22 years (8 to 22 at the boarding academy), Monarch students hail from four states, and represent nearly 40 school districts across more than a dozen counties in Ohio.
Monarch School is a chartered non-public school, licensed by the State Board of Education of the State of Ohio. In addition, Monarch is a provider for the Ohio Department of Education’s Autism Scholarship Program. Students at Monarch receive one-on-one instruction and intensive therapeutic intervention from a team of more than 100 specialists including intervention specialists, associate teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, a music therapist, and an art therapist. Every resource at Monarch is devoted to inspiring learning, improving communication and building relationships.
Monarch students’ abilities vary greatly across the spectrum, from non-verbal to moderately verbal to fluently verbal. Students are assigned to classroom-based teams according to their age, language level and academic functioning. Each team fosters an environment of comfort, safety and support. Just like their typical peers, students at Monarch participate in academic, athletic and life skills lessons, complete homework assignments, attend field trips, develop friendships, engage in social activities, and enjoy daily accomplishments.