Monarch Center for Autism Cleveland Ohio

Summer Social Language Leadership Program

Monarch Summer Social Language Leadership Program (MSSLP) - Leadership, Life Skills & Communication - is a four-week ESY program designed for teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and similar social skills deficits). The program embeds work on pragmatics into a variety of activities - whether it is volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank, serving food at our mock restaurant in Social Kitchen, or heading out to the park for a picnic, the focus is on the social rules and complexities through it all.

MSSLP costs $3,775 and is only for individuals 13-20 years of age. For the summer of 2017, the program begins on June 19th and goes through Friday, July 15, 2017. It is 5 days a week for 4 weeks (19 days). The hours are 8:25am to 2:50pm daily. Transportation costs to and from the program are not included. There is no programming on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 for Independence Day. Goals for MSSLP are chosen by the IEP Team and progress reports are sent after the completion of the program.

A typical day at MSSLP is different than a typical day at school. On Mondays, groups alternate volunteering at the Cleveland Food Bank. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, participants volunteer at MedWish and have Social Kitchen. On Wednesdays, participants typically go off campus for a weekly event (e.g., to have a picnic and go swimming, to go to the movies, or to go fishing). On Fridays, there is swimming at John Carroll University and leadership workshops are given by career guest speakers. Other regular activities include AM stations for morning exercise, a summer project (previous projects included a lamp, a small shelf, a wooden box), and group speech therapy lessons. Throughout all activities, the social skills, leadership, independence, and successful communication are prioritized in their natural contexts. 


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