Harvard Medical School Collaboration

The foundation of Monarch’s visual language immersion teaching Model lies in developing a language system that assists an individual in achieving his/her maximum potential as a member of the community. This innovative Model was developed through an ongoing partnership with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Autism Language Program, which is overseen by Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP.


Howard C. Shane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Communication Enhancement and the Autism Language Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he has worked for more than three decades. He has been associated with Monarch Center for Autism for more than a decade, assisting Monarch School with integrating technology and visual supports into the overall curriculum. He has designed more than a dozen computer applications used widely by persons with disabilities and holds two U.S. Patents. His technologies have led to the creation of three technology companies that create products for people with disabilities. Dr. Shane has received Honors of the Association Distinction and is a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He is the recipient of the Goldenson Award for Innovations in Technology from United Cerebral Palsy Association. Dr. Shane is the author of 5 books and has written numerous papers and chapters on severe speech impairment, lectured throughout the world on the topic, and produced numerous computer innovations enjoyed by persons with complex communication disorders. He’s been featured on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, Dateline, 20/20, and Frontline.


For more information about Boston Children’s Hospital’s Autism Language Program, click here.

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