Category Archives: Education

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

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

Why People With Autism Shouldn’t Be Labeled As High Or Low Functioning

Posted on March 21, 2017
As you know, Autism is exhibited by a wide range of verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and abstract behaviors. And because the disorder can be displayed in so many ways, there is a tendency to categorize people with Autism into groups. Of these groups, the labels of high or low functioning are perhaps the most damaging, and for several reasons. What Is High Functioning Autism? High functioning means that ...Read More

Using Social Stories To Improve Coping Skills In Children With Autism

Posted on March 3, 2017
Navigating social interactions can be one of the biggest challenges for children with autism. That’s what inspired Carol Gray to develop a learning tool called Social Stories in 1990. The approach of using Social Stories has been widely adopted and has even earned Carol several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. In general, Social Stories provide an alternative resource for children to get a better understanding of appropriate ...Read More

Using Positive Language To Change The Perception Of Autism

Posted on February 15, 2017
Positivity is powerful. The impact of positivity has been acknowledged and encouraged by many great people through the years. “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” -Dalai Lama “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that ...Read More

Stigma and Myths About Autism

Posted on December 27, 2016
According to the Autism Society one out of every 68 babies born in the United States has Autism and over 3.5 million Americans are currently living on the spectrum. Yet despite Autism’s prevalence it continues to be a misunderstood condition. There are also several autistic symptoms and disruptive behaviors that seem to reinforce these stereotypes in the eyes of the public, such as: Difficulty making eye contact Trouble reading body ...Read More

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