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Benefits of Choosing an Autism School

Posted on June 3, 2020
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 or another, the information in this guide will help you make the best decision for ...Read More

How To Create A Better School Experience For Children With Autism

Posted on May 28, 2020
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 child to reach his or her full potential in the classroom and beyond.  Read on ...Read More

How To Choose The Right Specialty School For Autism

Posted on May 20, 2020
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, emotional and behavioral support and services. Here’s what to look for in a special school ...Read More

Dispelling Common Misconceptions About Autism

Posted on March 25, 2020
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 are four times more likely to have it than girls.   7 Misconceptions About Autism Explained ...Read More

Parent’s Guide To Choosing A Specialty School For Autism

Posted on January 28, 2020
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 full potential, participate as fully as possible in all aspects of life, and enjoy a ...Read More

Teaching Students With All Levels of Autism

Posted on November 28, 2018
“How will my child learn?” “Will I have to send her to a special school?” “His situation is so different from everyone else’s; how will anyone accommodate him?” These are common concerns of parents with an autistic child. Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), describes children with difficulties communicating, engaging in social situations or responding to environmental stimuli. Each child is different, and in many cases, children demonstrate great strengths ...Read More

How to Move From An Autism School To A Mainstream School

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 can be scary for parents, though, as you wonder if your child is ready to ...Read More

How Sarah Dooley Teachers Are Specially Trained For Autism

Posted on November 29, 2017
Teachers and school administrators are often on the front lines when it comes to helping those with autism. As such, their training is a critical part of their overall approach to teaching children and young adults with autism. These teachers must have the ability to handle a diverse array of situations and behaviors with effective responses and relevant learning strategies. At Sarah Dooley, the staff is constantly learning the latest ...Read More

Resource Guide For Autism Information And Education

Posted on August 30, 2017
Resource Menu: Resources for General Autism Information Education & Learning Resources for Those with Autism Career & Employment Resources for Those with Autism Relationship Management for Those with Autism Parenting, teaching, or even just getting to know someone with autism can be a challenge. Locating reliable and actionable information about autism on the internet can be even more challenging. Just typing “autism” into a search engine will return tens of ...Read More

2017 Fall Events That Are Autism-Friendly

Posted on August 15, 2017
Community integration experiences are vital for the growth and development of children and youth with autism. Experiences shared with family members and care givers build bonds, trust, mutual interests, and are fun. Sarah Dooley Center for Autism highlights these upcoming community integration opportunities: Sensory-Friendly Movie Matinee On August 19th, join friends and family for an inclusive, engaging matinee. It starts at 2 p.m. and is taking place at the Byrd ...Read More



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