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The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism operates under the accreditation of St. Joseph’s Villa. We seek out the best practices in our various fields and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards.

COA LogoSt. Joseph’s Villa is licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services, Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The Villa is also certified by the national Council on Accreditation for children and family services.

The Villa is a member of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and is recognized by the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia on its approved list of local charitable organizations.

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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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5 Autism School Services Every Parent Should Look For

A good school for autism will meet your child’s academic, emotional, and social needs. However, you also want to ensure that the school offers five essential services. These services offer

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