We strive to create an atmosphere that promotes independence and self-determination. Every aspect of instruction is based in research and evidence-based practices. To address students’ challenges in communication, social skills and repetitive behaviors, we ensure that:
Communication and social opportunities begin as soon as the student arrives at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. We offer fully integrated speech and language services through an on-staff Speech-Language Pathologist. Social interactions are not only available in specific time blocks, but are integrated throughout the day.
Each new student receives a comprehensive assessment across a broad range of skills including: attending, listening, speaking, matching, imitating, reading, writing, math, communication, physical and social. We work with the parents and placing agency to design an individualized academic and behavioral plan. As these plans are implemented we take data on a daily basis and use that information to make decisions as to what beneficial changes may be made to programming.
We believe that every child has hope for a bright future. At the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, our main goal is to equip students with the skills to lead full and independent lives.
St. Joseph's Villa began a new chapter in its 185-year history as we launched construction on the home of our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism. With the help of
Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial by Adam Dreyfus, Senior Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph's Villa April is National Autism Awareness Month, and while science still has unanswered questions around