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The Difference Between Moderate To Severe Autism

Every person with autism will face social, communication, and behavior challenges, and they will need ongoing assistance and support. However, autism is a developmental disorder that’s a spectrum, meaning children

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What Is Severe Autism? [Guide To Identifying Severe Autism]

Autism is a spectrum that includes mild, moderate, and severe symptoms. In general, a person’s level of autism is determined by his or her level of functioning and the level

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Michelle Hughey

NBC12 awards teacher Michelle Hughey for Excellence in Education

Teacher Michelle Hughey has changed hundreds of lives at our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism over the past 13 years. For her unrelenting dedication and compassion, NBC12 surprised her with

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14 students

successfully transitioned back to

public schools in 2018

Our students learned

9,836 new words

last year

1 in 59

are identified with autism

spectrum disorder

Testimonials

  • My experience with the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism has been nothing short of exceptional. The staff sincerely love Zach. They have helped him come a long way.

    Jessicah, Parent

  • My child’s quality of life has improved in every way. He is extremely fond of his teachers. They let him teach them how he wants to learn and interact with the world, and they turned that into a game plan to help him build skills.

    Frances, Parent

  • My son wants to come to school. He will greet you now, look at you eye-to-eye and try to engage. Without places like St. Joseph’s Villa, I think a lot of us parents would be lost. They not only help your child, they help you.

    Paula, Parent

  • I feel very comfortable with my child coming to St. Joseph’s Villa every day. They treat him like he is family.

    Allison, Parent

  • The day I came to tour, it was like worlds opened up. It felt like a big, warm hug.

    Alicia, Parent

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SDCA serves 25 localities in Virginia.

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Inquiries from other school systems are welcome. Please call 804-521-5571 to find out how we can serve you.

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