Category Archives: Education

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

Common Misconceptions About Autism

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 have it than girls. 7 Misconceptions About Autism Explained Despite its prevalence, there are still ...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

Benefits of Choosing an Autism School

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 learn, grow and develop abilities that help him or her succeed in life. Consider the ...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

Education Grants For People With Autism

Posted on June 16, 2017
Autism can be both a very difficult and very expensive condition with which to live. Fortunately, there are many organizations that understand the financial hurdles involved in getting the most out of life when living with autism spectrum disorders. While the following listings are neither endorsed nor validated by the Sarah Dooley Center, they are generally recognized as some of the top educational grants available for those living with autism. ...Read More

Teaching Kids On Opposite Ends Of The Spectrum

Posted on April 6, 2017
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can range from individuals who are very mildly impaired to those who are very severely impaired. Tailoring your teaching to kids on either end of the spectrum carries unique challenges. Here are some tools to help you understand and meet those challenges. Teaching Severely Impaired Students With Autism Severely impaired children typically have greater difficulty in social interactions and with academic progress. This makes it important ...Read More