Common Misconceptions About Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on October 25, 2018

Formally known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, the condition describes a spectrum of developmental disabilities, in which people struggle with speech, interpersonal relations, emotions, and more. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 59 children born in the U.S. have ASD, and boys are four times more likely to […]

College volunteer helps SDCA students reach goals with music therapy

SDCAadmin, posted on July 13, 2018

Research shows that making music can create changes in the human brain, especially strengthening connections between the auditory and motor regions. In addition to the potential benefits music can provide a child with autism in speech and academic learning, Villa volunteer Lydia Heitman shows it’s just plain fun! For three summers, Lydia has brought joy […]

The Difference Between Autism & Social Communication Disorder (SCD)

SDCAadmin, posted on June 5, 2018

Has your child been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or does he or she exhibit symptoms of autism? Before seeking autism-specific assistance, make sure the diagnosis is correct. You may learn that your child has Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SCD). Recently added to the most current, fifth-edition of the DSM (Diagnosis and Statistical Manual […]

What Are The Signs of Asperger’s in Teens?

SDCAadmin, posted on May 16, 2018

According to the CDC, autism affects one in 59 children. Many children receive a diagnosis when they’re young, but you may not notice unusual behavior or question if your child has Asperger’s syndrome until your child becomes a teenager. Learn the signs of Asperger’s and what steps you can take if your teen has the […]

James finds his voices at Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on May 7, 2018

James has lived all over the country as part of a military family. He also has autism. His family found St. Joseph’s Villa’s Center for Autism when his public school recommended private placement. Find out how life for James and his family has changed for the better in this video with his mother, Alicia.

How To Turn Interests Into Careers For Those With Autism

SDCAadmin, posted on March 21, 2018

For people with autism and their families, transitioning from school to a career can be challenging. You may feel uncertain about which careers will be a good fit or wonder how to turn interests into income. Several practical tips help people with autism find a career that utilizes their interests, talents, and skills. Discover Your […]

How to Move From An Autism School To A Mainstream School

SDCAadmin, posted on February 28, 2018

All children, regardless of ability, have the right to receive a free education in the least restrictive environment, according to the U.S. Department of Education. What does this mean for kids with autism? When possible, they may transition from an autism school to a mainstream school for all or part of the day. This transition […]

Benefits of Choosing an Autism School

SDCAadmin, posted on February 10, 2018

Autism affects every child in unique ways, which means each child with autism has different educational needs. Traditional public and private schools, cyber and charter schools, and schools for autism all provide educational opportunities, but which option is best for your child? Comparing Traditional Schools and Autism Schools With the right education, your child can […]

Fun And Safe Activities For Children With Autism [All Ages]

SDCAadmin, posted on January 19, 2018

Every child, regardless of ability, deserves to enjoy a rich, fulfilling and fun life. Numerous safe activities help kids with autism live a normal life as they learn skills, connect with others and discover the world. Provide appropriate supervision as you engage, entertain and teach your child from birth to young adult. Birth to Three […]

Autism-Friendly Events Around Richmond, VA For Winter 2018

SDCAadmin, posted on January 2, 2018

Inclusive LEGO® & Game Club – Chester When: Sat, January 6, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm This event is for children of all abilities in grades K-8. Read more details & RSVP here. Richmond Area Asperger’s Support Group-Northside When: Thu, January 11, 2018, 7pm – 9pm This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Thursday of every month. […]

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