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Summer Social Language Leadership Program


Who: Participants ages 13 through 20 with Autism, High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and similar social skills deficits.

What: Monarch Summer Social Language Program (MSSLP) Leadership Program is a four-week ESY program designed for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and similar social skills deficits) who are interested in developing leadership, communication, and social & life skills, while performing community service projects. Four days a week participants will engage in community service projects with neurotypically developing peers at local non-profit organizations including MedWish and Cleveland Food Bank. In addition, they will also attend customized leadership workshops, facilitated by experts, on topics including team building, problem solving, communicating effectively, socializing, and vocational fields of interest. Throughout the week participants will enjoy on-site brown bag lunches with occasional opportunities to eat at restaurants in the community. One day a week they will visit a local camp for swimming, lunch and recreational activities. The invaluable skills and experience participants will acquire in the MSSLP Leadership Program can be generalized to all facets of their lives.

Staff: The MSSLP Leadership Program is directed by Kara T. Morrison-Smith, MS, CCC-SLP and Laura Robbins, MA, CCC-SLP. Additional staff members and workshop facilitators are professionally trained.

Where: Participants will be dropped off and picked up outside of Monarch Transition Education Program - Building N at Bellefaire JCB (22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44118). The program will provide transportation to and from community service venues throughout the week.

When: Monday, June 20 through Friday, July 15, 2016 (closed on July 4). The four-week program meets five days a week, from 8:30am to 2:45pm daily.



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