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Monarch Transition Education Program (MTEP)


Monarch Transition Education Program (MTEP) helps prepare Monarch students, ages 14 through 22, to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. It incorporates Monarch's visual language teaching Model with innovative technology, expnerone2eriential learning, community-based instruction, vocational training, fine arts, and therapy. Students achieve independence in numerous critical life skills which prepares them to live and work to their optimal potential.


What Makes MTEP Unique?

Amenities:  Located on Bellefaire JCB's 32-acre campus in Shaker Heights, Ohio, MTEP's 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility was designed to meet the unique sensory needs and learning styles of young adults with autism. The MTEP facility includes a fitness center, student-run store, multi-sensory room, technology center, horticulture room, kitchen, laundry room, student-run microenterprise, and more.

Therapeutic Staff:  A staff comprised of speech and occupational therapists, intervention specialists, behavior specialists, and associate teachers, who are well-versed in both autism and vocational education/transition planning, work with students in simulated and real-world settings to learn, practice and generalize skills.

Technology & Visual Supports:  The integration of technology is key to reaching and motivating young adults with autism. Therapists and teachers use technology to create individualized visual supports for students which include social stories, visual schedules, topic display boards, video models, and more.

Community-Based Instruction & Vocational Training:  To support employability skills, MTEP created partnerships with nearly a dozen community businesses, universities, stores and non-profit organizations, at which students receive individual or small group vocational skills training, and are job coached by Intervention Specialists, Speech/Language Pathologists and Associate Teachers. Daily "community explorers" groups venture to banks, grocery stores and libraries, affording students opportunities to practice practical, everyday skills. Students also receive travel training, which includes learning about public transportation routes (e.g., bus, rapid transit), riding on public transportation, pedestrian skills, safe riding, and more. In addition, simulated worksites within MTEP including The Soap Shop, The Note Shop, The Pet Shop (Barkery and Meow Mart), The Plant Shop, and the technology center, enable students to learn marketable skills including manufacturing, data entry, typing, internet exploration, and more.

Recreation, Leisure & Life Skills:  Students can choose to participate in a variety of clubs such as drama/film club, game club, fitness club, and cooking club, which encourage socialization and friendship development based on common interests. In addition, students learn daily living skills that are essential for future independence including self-care, health, nutrition, hygiene, personal safety, social boundaries, money management, and more.

Transition Planning:  A detailed Transition Plan and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are developed based on assessements of critical life skills, student interests and aptitudes, and input from family and care providers. Transition meetings with the student's planning team are conducted to review both the transition plan and student progress, and to identify steps for future planning.


For more information and to schedule a tour, please call 216-320-8945 or 800-879-2522.

To read an article written by Debra Mandell, O.T.R./L., M.A., Director of Monarch School, entitled "Empowering Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder," published in IECA's June/July 2014 Insights newsletter, about the importance of effective school-based Transition Education Programs, please click here.



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