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Tips to help an autistic child transition to middle school

The transition to middle school can be filled with uncertainty, anxiety and apprehension, especially for those with Autism and their parents. While change is scary, it is also necessary for growth, progress and opportunity. The good news is that with proper planning there are several things you can do to ease your child’s stress (not […]

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Villa to host clinical training workshop on assessing and diagnosing autism, Apr 25-26

In partnership with the VCU Department of Psychiatry and Virginia Treatment Center for Children, St. Joseph’s Villa will present a two-day clinical training workshop on using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule-2 (ADOS-2). The workshop will be held April 25-26, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day at St. Joseph’s Villa (8000 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227), during […]

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Preparing teens with Autism for the real world

All parents worry about how to prepare their teens for life in the real world, however parents of kids on the Autism spectrum worry even more than most. How will they earn a living? How will they manage their finances? Where will they live? How will they maintain social relationships? These are just a few […]

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Director Adam Dreyfus publishes Richmond Times-Dispatch article for Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month is an especially important time for us.  St. Joseph’s Villa has provided education and care to children and families facing autism for more than 30 years. Our programs are designed to help students with autism build life skills that will enable them to engage with their community, and live as fully and […]

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SDCA kicks off break with Spring Fling

The rain didn’t stop our students from starting spring break with some fun egg hunts and treats!  We wish all of our students and their families and safe and happy vacation.           Thanks to our generous community partners for donating baskets and filled eggs for our students to enjoy! Capital One Lender Select The […]

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Should I consider college for my child with Asperger’s?

Sending your child off to college for the first time makes every parent nervous, but that concern is greatly magnified for parents of children with Asperger’s. Parents of kids with AS often worry how their children will handle academic challenges, as well as social and emotional pressures. No parent wants to set their child up […]

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Will my child get overwhelmed by the noise in public school?

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) often struggle with sensory stimulation and may be particularly sensitive to noise. While no single type of sensory problem is consistently connected with ASD, audiologist have found that people on the autism spectrum may hear sounds differently than the general population. They are commonly hypersensitive (overly sensitive) to sound, […]

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Should I Let My Teen With Asperger’s Get A Job?

Many parents wonder if they should let their teen with Asperger’s get a job. You may be worried about how your teen will handle the responsibility, pressure and skill that is required of an employee. Part-time jobs can have many benefits for those with Asperger’s Syndrome; a job can help develop social skills, ease the […]

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Collegiate students provide week of service to Sarah Dooley

Collegiate School’s Community Engagement Week turned out to be a very special time for Sarah Dooley Center for Autism students. From February 8-12, thirteen Collegiate School freshmen volunteers spent five full school days assisting our students from kindergarten all the way up to high school.  Collegiate students split up among Sarah Dooley’s grade levels and chose […]

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Students get hands-on at the Children’s Museum of Richmond

One of the most distinguishing aspects of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism is our priority of giving students learning experiences out in the community.  Our students learn how to interact with people and behave in settings like the Children’s Museum, increasing their probability for meaningful community engagement and independence as they grow.  And, it […]

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COVID-19 UPDATE: SDCA CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR – READ MORE