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James finds his voices at Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

James has lived all over the country as part of a military family. He also has autism. His family found St. Joseph’s Villa’s Center for Autism when his public school recommended private placement. Find out how life for James and his family has changed for the better in this video with his mother, Alicia.

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How To Turn Interests Into Careers For Those With Autism

For people with autism and their families, transitioning from school to a career can be challenging. You may feel uncertain about which careers will be a good fit or wonder how to turn interests into income. Several practical tips help people with autism find a career that utilizes their interests, talents, and skills. Discover Your […]

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How to Move From An Autism School To A Mainstream School

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 […]

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Benefits of Choosing an Autism School

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 […]

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Fun And Safe Activities For Children With Autism [All Ages]

Every child, regardless of ability, deserves to enjoy a rich, fulfilling and fun life. Numerous safe activities help kids with autism live a normal life as they learn skills, connect with others and discover the world. Provide appropriate supervision as you engage, entertain and teach your child from birth to young adult. Birth to Three […]

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Autism-Friendly Events Around Richmond, VA For Winter 2018

Inclusive LEGO® & Game Club – Chester When: Sat, January 6, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm This event is for children of all abilities in grades K-8. Read more details & RSVP here. Richmond Area Asperger’s Support Group-Northside When: Thu, January 11, 2018, 7pm – 9pm This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Thursday of every month. […]

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How Sarah Dooley Teachers Are Specially Trained For Autism

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 […]

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How Two Families Support Their Children With Autism

Autism affects everyone differently. But always remember that you’re not alone. Even though autism can manifest with a variety of symptoms, some of the emotional and practical responses remain very consistent from one situation to the next. Here’s a brief glimpse inside the lives of two parents of children with autism. Janelle’s Story Born just […]

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Who Does Autism Affect The Most?

The complexity of autism disorders means that it can be difficult to pinpoint causes, making it difficult to assess properly, or to even understand the problem on more than a basic level. Fortunately, researchers are unraveling links and finding new information about ASD on a regular basis. The ever-expanding body of research can make it […]

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Which Autism Interventions Work Best?

As a parent, caretaker, or family member of someone who falls on the autism spectrum, you may often question whether you’re doing enough to help them. You may wonder if there are interventions and treatments that work more effectively than others, if you’re providing the best and most meaningful care, and whether everything you’re trying […]

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