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Life Skills: A Vital Part of Autism Education

All children, including children with autism, can develop the essential life skills that equip them to live happy and fulfilled lives. With life skills, children learn how to care for themselves, interact with the world, and succeed at school, at home, and in the community.  At the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, we believe that […]

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The Autism Puzzle Piece Design

When you visit the new building at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, you’ll walk into a place that’s designed specifically to provide autism therapy and conduct research. Every inch of space benefits our students. In addition to the expansive, well-lit, and welcoming areas throughout, you’ll see colorful autism puzzle piece designs that are displayed […]

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Sarah Dooley Center for Autism receives 2021 Design Award from AIA Richmond

When we first began planning our new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism, Odell led a series of charrettes with faculty, parents, and public school partners to make sure we got everything just right for our students. We’re thrilled that AIA Richmond has recognized the transformation of our 1931 school building with a 2021 Design Award! […]

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St. Joseph’s Villa Announces Grand Opening of New Autism Center

Historic School Building Repurposed to Serve as National Model for Autism Education and Teacher Training RICHMOND, Va. – Inspired to make a difference by rising autism rates and the demonstrated long-term impact of expert educational intervention, St. Joseph’s Villa unveiled its new Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) on Sept. 2, 2021. The school will […]

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You Are Not Alone: WTVR CBS6 features therapeutic Villa Garden

Isabel’s son Xavier was thrilled to return to his friends and teachers at the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism earlier this year. “When he saw them, the smile he had on his face. He remembered everybody at the school. He was where he was supposed to be.” Throughout the pandemic, staff from all programs have […]

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SJV Center for Autism staff share pivots in education model at state conference

When Governor Northam ordered the physical closing of every school in the Commonwealth due to COVID-19 on March 13th, 2020, the Villa’s Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) rebooted as a virtual private day school the following Monday. All of our resources pivoted to providing the best online learning experience we could. We knew that […]

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SDCA Student Transfers From The Villa To Public School

Children with autism experience and interact with the world in unique ways. Sometimes, they display maladaptive behaviors because of communication challenges, social skills deficits, and other related issues. The Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) specializes in supporting children with autism. We use applied behavior analysis (ABA) to target and lessen maladaptive behaviors and to […]

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Educating Students With Autism In The Classroom

A school designed specifically for children with autism can make a significant difference in your child’s life. A specialty school like the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism specializes in meeting your child’s unique academic, social, behavioral, and emotional needs. We provide a well-rounded education and tools that unlock your child’s full potential.  Continue reading to […]

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How Sarah Dooley Meets The Needs Of Students With Autism

Children with autism face unique communication, social, and self-management challenges. While traditional school settings address these concerns, a specialty school like the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism can help your child achieve his or her full potential. With a child-centered approach, we create an educational atmosphere that supports every aspect of your child’s development. Sarah […]

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10 Questions To Ask Autism Schools During Interviews

The traditional school setting does meet the educational needs of many students, but your child may benefit from an autism school.  Autism schools offer personalized educational interventions and help children learn social skills, manage sensory challenges, and prepare for success in life. Here are ten questions you can ask as you interview potential schools for […]

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