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How CATS Provides A Smooth Transition From School To Career

Every student deserves a full and functioning education that makes use of their best abilities and emphasizes life skills, whether it’s during the elementary, middle school, secondary, or post-secondary years. During the latter years, it’s important to help students learn about the options that are available to them once they get old enough to join […]

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SDCA throws Autism Awareness Month celebration for students and families

As Autism Awareness Month came to a close, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism staff came together to put on a festival celebrating our students and their families.  Programs from across the St. Joseph’s Villa campus were also invited to join the fun.  With music, balloon animals, therapy dogs, an inflatable slide, and food provided by Joey’s Hot Dogs […]

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Teaching Kids On Opposite Ends Of The Spectrum

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 […]

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How To Relate To People With Autism

Being able to relate to people with autism requires effective communication – including listening and being open-minded. In this article, we’ll discuss a few basic concepts you should understand, tips for smoother communication, and a few things you should avoid if you want to succeed in relating to those with autism. The Basics: General Challenges […]

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

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 […]

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Using Social Stories To Improve Coping Skills In Children With Autism

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, […]

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Using Positive Language To Change The Perception Of Autism

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. […]

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The Joys & Challenges Of Life With An Autistic Sibling

Growing up with a sibling is a wonderful thing. Of course, there are always ups and downs with any sibling relationship, just as there are with most relationships. But for siblings, you’re essentially “stuck” with each other and it can sometimes be challenging to get along. Add the extra challenges of living with autism and […]

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Stigma and Myths About Autism

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 […]

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SDCA Director Adam Dreyfus presents autism training in Caribbean island of Nevis

Sarah Dooley’s Director Adam Dreyfus and Dr. Ted Hoch of George Mason University were invited to conduct a 3-day workshop on the lovely Caribbean island of Nevis by the Nevisian Island Administration (September 13-15, 2016). This was the second visit to the island nation and marks a deepening of their partnership with the Nevisian Education […]

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