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Benefits of Choosing an Autism School

Autism is not a “one size fits all” disorder. Every boy and girl is impacted differently, which means that no two children with autism have identical educational needs.  Whether you are planning to send your son or daughter to school for the very first time or you are looking to switch schools for one reason […]

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How To Create A Better School Experience For Children With Autism

For children with autism, school can be a challenging place. Many schools are not equipped to offer all the academic, behavioral, and other services and support your child needs.  In the wrong school, your child may feel bored, excluded, or frustrated. A better school experience includes engaging and beneficial services and supports that equip your […]

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How To Choose The Right Specialty School For Autism

For children with autism, a specialty school can provide a stimulating and nurturing environment that meets their developmental needs. In the right setting, children with autism receive acceptance and respect. They also become equipped with knowledge, experiences, and tools that help them thrive now and into adulthood. Many special schools for autism offer unique educational, […]

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Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Autism

Autism, formally known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a condition that describes a spectrum of developmental disabilities. Individuals with autism typically struggle with speech, interpersonal relations, emotions, and social skills.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 59 children born in the United States have ASD, and boys […]

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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 information in the days to come. UPDATE (Monday, March 16): As we continue to take every measure to protect the health and well-being of our […]

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How Private Insurance Can Help With Private Education For Autism

For children with autism, education includes a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic.  In addition to academics, children with autism need a range of behavioral, occupational, speech and physical therapies. Each unique case and curriculum will look a little different. Although some services are available at public schools, it’s not always enough. You may […]

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Autism In The Classroom: How To Handle Behavior Challenges

Children with autism typically use behaviors to communicate their wants, needs, anxieties, and frustrations.  These behaviors can include:  Fidgeting Stimming Rocking Tapping Repeating words or phrases Mimicking Self-injurious actions Aggression Biting Ignoring peers Refusing to follow directives Eloping While behaviors are important communication tools, some behaviors can disrupt learning in a classroom setting. Various interventions […]

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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 experience freedom, dignity, and a decrease in challenging behaviors in the classroom and at home. Professional speech specialists use many methods and strategies during therapy […]

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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 provided by an autism private school. The right school environment is important for all children, especially one with autism. School can help children achieve their […]

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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 a wide range of assistance for children from preschool to age 21 or older. The 5 Essential Autism School Services Autism school services prioritize your […]

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