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Monarch School’s philosophy for teaching children on the autism spectrum is based on research and evidence. Its curriculum relies heavily on the use of visual supports and technology and has been shaped by research literature. The school’s objective, which is aligned with the National Academy of Science’s guidelines for educating children on the autism spectrum1, is to build knowledge and life skills by adapting to the individual needs of each of its students.
The core of the Monarch Model is the development of language through both spoken and visual language. Visual supports are used throughout the curriculum, and language concepts are carefully and systematically introduced in tandem with common techniques for helping individuals on the autism spectrum. The Monarch Model has successfully increased its students’ use of language, thereby enabling them to communicate more meaningfully in the world, and to form and participate in relationships that enrich their lives.