College volunteer helps Center for Autism students reach goals with music therapy

Drew Melson, posted on July 13, 2018

Research shows that making music can create changes in the human brain, especially strengthening connections between the auditory and motor regions. In addition to the potential benefits music can provide a child with autism in speech and academic learning, Villa volunteer Lydia Heitman shows it’s just plain fun! For three summers, Lydia has brought joy […]

Youth Fitness Park Phase I complete

Drew Melson, posted on June 15, 2018

  Our 82-acre campus is one of our most effective resources for therapy, education, and recreation. With the support of our community partners and individual philanthropy, we continually adapt the campus to maximize its physical and mental health benefits to our children and families. Recently we opened our newest addition: the Youth Fitness Park! The […]

Volunteers give fresh look to Crisis Stabilization Unit

Drew Melson, posted on May 22, 2018

Interior designer Carol Pipes volunteered her time and expertise to plan a warm and welcoming space for youth in mental health crisis and their families. Thanks also to our hardworking Facilities team and volunteers from Altria, our Crisis Stabilization Unit is getting a new coat of paint and new handmade wall decorations. Stay tuned for […]

Calling QMHP’s: We’re having a Career Open House! (May 15, 2018)

Drew Melson, posted on May 4, 2018

We’re currently seeking Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP-C/A) for our In-Home Services! QMHP Qualification: Must have a 4 year degree in Human Services Must have a 1+ year of experience working with children and/or adults with mental health diagnosis and behavioral challenges. If you or someone you know is interested please stop by Tuesday, May 15th, 9:00am-2:00pm […]

Villa Center for Autism helps James find his voice

Drew Melson, posted on April 19, 2018

 As part of a military family, twelve-year-old James has lived in Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Ohio, West Virginia and now Virginia. He also has autism, and is nonverbal with sensory processing disorder. Moving around the country, public schools have been a major challenge for James. Even in autism classrooms, inconsistent staffing made for a difficult […]

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