Students at Monarch Center for Autism express their creative talents through music therapy and art classes. In addition to their therapeutic benefits, these classes also afford our students opportunities to participate in recitals, contests and more.
Music Therapyreceptive language development. Students become aware of pacing of speaking/singing and of body schema by moving their bodies and/or playing instruments to the beat of the music. Students learn to pay attention by playing an instrument or singing throughout the duration of a song. They also improve their articulation skills through singing and vocalization activities, and they enhance their motor planning and eye-hand coordination by playing instruments. Furthermore, they learn songs and participate with peers which reinforce academic and social goals. In addition to music therapy classes, our students participate in school-wide music recitals performed in an auditorium for classmates, families and friends, and they hone their dance skills for the annual Valentine’s Day dance.
Art is an integral part of Monarch’s visual language-based curriculum because it promotes visual expression. Students experiment with colors, textures and medium to create theme-based projects. In addition to having their artwork on display at Monarch’s gallery and sensory garden, students loan pieces to local coffee houses and cafés. In 2011, Monarch hosted its first public art show, "A Visual Voice," at ETON Chagrin Boulevard. More than 500 pieces of art work were available for sale, and all proceeds benefitted the fine arts department at Monarch School. Each year students submit art work to a wine label contest sponsored by Grand River Cellars and the Northeast Ohio Autism Group. In 2009, two Monarch students won the contest with submissions that will be featured on Grand River Cellars’ wine bottles.
Looking for fun indoor activities? Below are recipes/instructions for some that your children are sure to love!
1. Create Scented Snoman Play-Doh
2. Create a Snow Globe Craft
3. Create a Super Squishy Sensory Play Bag
4. Create Frozen Banana Pops
5. Create Shaving Cream "Snow" Paint
6. Create Heart Number Puzzles
7. Create Heart Shaped Pizza
8. Create Fishbowl Art
9. Create Jello Fish Snacks
10. Create Summer Lemonade Popsicles
11. Participate in Simple Sensory Breaks
View artwork created by Monarch students and witness the joy and enthusiasm that stems from creative expression:
Learn more about Monarch School by viewing videos of some of our students.
- Monarch Summer 2007 Concert Video
- Monarch School Video WVIZ TV Finding Their Voice
- Monarch School Video WKYC TV Pictures are the Core of Learning