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Why Children With Autism Thrive In A School Setting

Children with autism and ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) often struggle with communication, social situations, anxiety and other behaviors. Even so, children with autism and ASDs can thrive in a school setting, some even going on to attend college and secure jobs or volunteer work. Why Education Is Important To Children With Autism Education is important […]

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Should I Send My Child With Autism To Public School?

Every parent has to decide what form of education is best for their child. Parents with a special needs child have a lot to consider including public school, private school, a special needs school or other alternative, some of which can be expensive. Deciding which option is best for your child, and family budget, can […]

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St. Joseph’s Villa hosts VAISEF Legislator’s Day

Today we welcomed Delegate Lamont Bagby, Legislative Assistant to Delegate Jennifer McClellan Abbey Phillips, local educational agencies and parents for VAISEF Legislator’s Day (Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities). We’re grateful for the opportunity to serve as a host site where everyone could participate in conversation about how private individualized education strengthens students, families […]

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Sarah Dooley student gets new chance at public school

  Reneé was diagnosed with autism when she was four years old. Not long after she began kindergarten at public school, her mother, Kimberly, recognized that Reneé’s behaviors were interfering with her ability to learn. Reneé had no means of communicating, and would often lash out and hit her teachers and classmates when her wants […]

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Get to Know Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism

Adam came to the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism in 2013 after serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Technical Assistance Associate at VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Language and Child Development and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Special Education/Applied […]

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Staff team building at Richmond Ropes Course

At St. Joseph’s Villa our staff never stop believing in children and their families — or each other! On August 31st the staff of the Sarah Dooley Center for Autism went to Richmond Ropes Course (http://richmondropes.com/) located in Fulton Hill as part of a team exercise.  Through a series of physical and mental challenges we […]

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Back-to-school tips to give your child a safe and healthy year

The start of a new school year is one of the most exciting times at Sarah Dooley Center for Autism.  As we prepare to welcome students back to our school, we encourage families to become familiar with key health and safety information that has been prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Our teachers and faculty […]

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Changing diagnoses and the increased prevalence of autism

The following post was made by Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa. Penn State University researchers have concluded that as much as 65% of the increase in autism rates could be attributed to changing diagnoses, primarily children being moved from the category of Intellectual Disability into the Autism Spectrum […]

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Governor McAuliffe announces schools’ high ratings for students with disabilities

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the state’s public schools have earned the U.S. Department of Education’s highest overall rating and the second-highest score for serving students with disabilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “In every school division in the Commonwealth, there are special educators who are committed to preparing all students to […]

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New studies refute causal connection between c-section and autism

The following post was made by Adam Dreyfus, Director, Sarah Dooley Center for Autism at St. Joseph’s Villa. Science adds anxiety to parents, then says ‘we were wrong.’  A study claiming that children born by c-section were 21% more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder found that, upon further analysis, that there was […]

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