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The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism is a school dedicated to serving children ages 5 to 22 diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disabilities. We use evidence-based teaching strategies to deliver highly individualized education and behavioral programming for every one of our students. All of our services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Behavior analysis is the study of the science of behavior. It has been used successfully since the early 1960’s to address the educational and behavioral issues for students with disabilities.

The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism has a strong focus on providing its students with the life skills to help facilitate a successful transition to adulthood. Through the Career and Transition Services of St. Joseph’s Villa, students learn crucial adaptive skills that will help them be a part of their community.

Our primary goal is to give our students the skills necessary to be fully engaged in their community. We focus on providing our students with the communication skills, social skills and self-management skills that will assist them in determining where they live, what they do and who they do it with.

We partner with local education agencies, state agencies, community groups and local universities to build a support network of professionals to assist our students in being as independent as possible.

If we can be of assistance or you would like to learn more about our school, please contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recent News

COVID-19

COVID-19 Response Plan at SDCA

UPDATE (Monday, March 23): In compliance with Governor Northam's decision, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism will be closed for the remainder for the 2019-2020 school year. We will communicate more

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Speech Services For Children With Autism: 5 Strategies That Work

Speech therapy gives children with autism a voice and equips them to communicate their needs and wants to parents, caregivers, and teachers. Because of speech therapy for autism, children can

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Parent's Guide To Choosing A Specialty School For Autism

Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each child has unique educational needs. While some children with autism thrive in a traditional public school, other children need the features and benefits

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COVID-19 UPDATE: SDCA CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR – READ MORE