Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Bellefaire JCB

This position now offers an annual starting salary of $50,000 for full-time employees! 

Monarch Center for Autism at Bellefaire JCB is looking for a full-time Recreational Therapist to work at Monarch School, which serves students ages 3 through 21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This person should be caring, creative and passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.

Position Summary: The Recreational Therapist will work within an interdisciplinary team that includes Intervention Specialists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behavior Specialists, Associate Teachers, Art Therapists, and a Music Therapist. Classroom teams are intentionally small, so students can receive one-on-one and small group instruction, within the confines of Monarch’s visual language teaching Model. The Model combines concept-driven language instruction with visual supports, technology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Developing and implementing a recreational therapy program with lesson plans, that promotes gross motor function and leisure skills for students with autism

Developing and implementing a daily recreational therapy schedule for all classroom teams

Developing daily activities (e.g., activity stations) for students that are focused on targeting vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input, strengthening, static and dynamic balance, range of motion, body awareness and coordination

Developing instructional materials including visual supports (e.g., video models) for daily activities, to promote students’ independence and staff’s understanding

Introducing sport, fitness and leisure skills to students

Ordering and managing recreational therapy supplies

Contributing to clinical records and documentation, as needed

Caring for students

Collaborating with interdisciplinary team members

Attending staff meetings and training sessions


Minimum Bachelor’s Degree required.

Background in recreation or therapy adaptive physical education.

Experience working with children with autism helpful, but will train.


$2,000 Sign-On Bonus!

Generous holiday, sick and personal day policies

Summer break

Medical, vision and dental insurance (Domestic Partner Benefits)

Defined benefit pension 403(b) plan

Life insurance

Long term disability

Training and professional development

Staff appreciation program

Strong interdisciplinary team, open communication, and a kind and supportive staff

Key Words: Recreational Therapist, Special Education, Monarch School, Monarch Center for Autism

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