Monarch Preschool for Children with Autism

Intensive, therapeutic, individualized early childhood program, in a supportive environment, that fosters meaningful communication and primary school readiness.

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Children ages 3 to 6 with a suspected or confirmed autism diagnosis. Younger children are considered upon evaluation.

Monarch preschool student with Autism Spectrum Disorder using visual supports


Curriculum is aligned with the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Classes are taught in a natural environment and address social and play skill development, language-based communication, executive functioning, pre-academic skills, activities of daily living, fine and gross motor and imitation skills, sensory intervention, and behavior support. Students receive:

  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Sensory Intervention
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Lessons
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Pre-Academic Skills
  • School Readiness Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living

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Monarch Model

The program combines concept-driven language instruction, visual supports, technology, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Individualized visual supports are created and implemented for each student around three primary constructs: Visual Instruction, Visual Expression and Visual Organization.

One-on-One Attention

Each student receives individual instruction from a team including a supervisor, intervention specialist, speech and occupational therapists, behavior specialist, music, art and recreational therapists, and associate teachers.


The program runs five days a week, 10½ months a year. Students may attend full day or half day (morning or afternoon).


Partnering with Families

Families receive daily communication, attend 3 meetings with teachers and therapists per year in addition to the IEP meeting, and may request home visits. Family networking and training sessions are also available.


Monarch is a provider for the Ohio Department of Education’s Autism Scholarship Program, which covers the cost of 4, half-days.


Monarch Preschool is located on the campus of Bellefaire JCB (22001 Fairmount Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44118).

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