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Belarusian university partners with SDCA

Two special education professors from Mogilev State University in Belarus, Professors Elina Katliarova (PhD in Psychology, Chair of Psychology Department) and Irina Komarova (PhD in Pedagogy, Dean of Faculty of Child Pedagogy and Psychology) toured St. Joseph’s Villa and its Sarah Dooley Center for Autism (SDCA) on December 4. During their visit, the Belarusian professors observed instructional techniques […]

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Villa Early Autism Services are changing the game

Today 1 in every 68 children is diagnosed with autism.  While the increasing rate of autism is alarming, there is hope. Lifelong differences can be made in a child’s social, behavioral and cognitive skills with early detection of treatment. However, even though pediatricians are able to diagnose autism as early as age two, the average […]

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CBS 6 Meteorologist Carrie Rose visits SDCA

Students of all grade levels at our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism enjoyed fun lessons in weather from Meteorologist Carrie Rose on June 12.  Creating static electricity with balloons was one of the biggest hits!  Ms. Rose also showed a behind-the-scenes video tour of the CBS 6 news station.  A school photo aired the following morning. Many thanks […]

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Congratulations to our 2014 Grads!

We extend our most heartful congratulations to our graduating students and their families.  The commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 will take place on June 13, 2014 at the Chapel on the St. Joseph Villa campus.

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CDC reports 30% increase in children with autism

Information courtesy of CNN.com. According to a new report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder — up from 1 in 88 in 2012.  Autism continues to be much more common in boys (1 in 42) than girls (1 in 189). The report also points out […]

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The Potential Impact of New Diagnosis Guidelines

Last May, the APA (American Psychiatric Association) published the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). The DSM is considered the ‘bible’ of diagnoses and is used by doctors, insurance companies and schools as the primary source for diagnoses. In the new edition (DSM-5), the diagnosis for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) underwent significant changes. […]

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Inspiring and Equipping Students for the Future

A big challenge we tackle here every day is how to equip our students with job-ready skills.  The Los Angeles Unified School District has made a serious commitment to helping their students with disabilities learn work-ready skills. The article below will introduce you to Claudia who had a history of “dropping to the floor and […]

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Navigating Treatment Options

Many parents and educators struggle to navigate all of the treatment options that pop up when you type ‘autism treatments’ into a search engine. The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders publishes a priceless document that highlights and explains the best “Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder” […]

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