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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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Preparing an Autism Spectrum Child for a New School

Transitioning to a new school is a big change for any child, but for those on the Autism spectrum, it can be particularly stressful. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often struggle with change, as “difficulties with transition” is actually a symptom of ASD. The good news is, with a little planning and preparation you […]

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Homeschooling A Child With Autism

As any parent knows, raising a child is rewarding but does not come without challenges and tough decisions. Parents of children with autism face additional challenges such as understanding their child’s unique needs, teaching important life skills and providing an education. While public school systems in Virginia are required to provide education for students with […]

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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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