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Winter 2016 News & Events

Using Visuals to Support Teens with Autism

Individuals with autism tend to have strong visual processing abilities, which means they benefit from the use of visual content to enhance communication, help organize daily experiences and improve school performance. Whether it's a younger student learning how to potty train, or a high school student trying to achieve social and academic success, visual supports are universally beneficial.
We often associate visual supports with teaching activities of daily living (e.g., eating, bathing, dressing). However, visual supports are capable of assisting with much more. For example, imagine being a teenager on the autism spectrum with impaired social and communication skills, sensory sensitivities, anxiety, inflexibility, and more. Trying to successfully navigate a high school environment can pose major challenges. Below are sample visual supports that are designed to help older students achieve success in the following three areas:
  1. Communication/Social Interaction
  2. Organization
  3. Instruction

Visual Supports

Below are sample visual supports designed to help older students achieve success. Each one can be customized to meet your student's needs.

Communication/Social Interaction Organization Instruction

Online Resources 

Below are recommended resources designed to help educators, families and others understand and support individuals with autism.

Teachers Pay Teachers: The first and largest open marketplace where teachers share, sell and buy original educational resources.

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success": A curriculum developed by Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills including: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Pinterest: A social network that allows users to visually share and discover new interests by posting images and videos to their own or others' boards.

Autism Internet Modules: High-quality information and professional development for anyone who supports, instructs, works with, or lives with someone with autism. Each module includes case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and more - all at no cost. Powered by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Teaching Students with Autism on edWeb: A collaborative professional learning community that provides ideas and resources (e.g., webinars) for teachers who support students with autism.

Archived Monarch Webinars: Since 2010, Monarch has offered free monthly webinars to members of the autism community. Many of these are archived on our website.

Please Help Monarch Purchase a New Van

Every day, more than one-third of Monarch's student body travels into the community for pre-vocational, instructional, life skills, and recreational experiences. As Monarch's student body grows, so too does our need for more vans.
Our goal is to raise $30,000 by March 1, 2017... as of today, we have raised $6,313. All donations are extremely appreciated. 100% will fund the new van, and 100% are tax deductible.
Please consider making an online donation and/or sharing our fundraising campaign with your friends, family and colleagues. For more information, please click here. Thank you for your support! 

Upcoming Events  

For more information and to register, please click here.  
Neuropsychological Evaluation and Intervention Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Dr. Christine Barry 
Dec. 8, 2016 @ 11am EST
Free Webinar
Click here to register

STABLE Account Training presented by representatives from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's Office 
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
10-11am: In-Person Training
12-1pm: Online Webinar Training
Learn more about this national savings and investment program for individuals with disabilities, which is available to residents of all states in the U.S.
Click the links to learn more and register for the free in-person or online training sessions. Click here to learn more about STABLE Account.

SAVE THESE DATES - More Info Coming Soon to Monarch's Website! 

Navigating the Transition Into Adult Services
Jan. 19, 2017 @ 3pm EST
Free Webinar

Autism, Mental Health & Other Co-Morbid Disorders 
Feb. 9, 2017 @ 3pm EST 
Free Webinar

Current & Emerging Technology for Individuals with Autism
March 16, 2017 @ 3pm EST
Free Webinar

Communication Innovations for Individuals with Autism with Dr. Howard Shane
April 20, 2017 @ 3pm EST
Free Webinar

Art, Music & Recreational Therapy for Children with Autism
May 11, 2017 @ 3pm EST
Free Webinar

ETON Snowflake Giving Garden

For the third consecutive year, Monarch Center for Autism is so excited to participate in ETON Chagrin Boulevard's Snowflake Giving Garden. Approximately 150 Monarch School students, ages three through twenty-one, worked with Monarch's Art Therapists to create artwork inspired by the winter season. The project was a therapeutic exercise that afforded our students the opportunity to express themselves visually. The final collection showcases the talents and creativity of Monarch School's students, and highlights the tremendous capabilities of individuals on the Autism Spectrum. If you're in the Cleveland, Ohio area, please stop by ETON now through the end of December to view the artwork inside the mall.
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