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The Watson Institute has been caring for children with disabilities since 1917. Today, Watson continues that tradition through specialized educational programs for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have been diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, neurological impairments, other developmental disabilities and emotional challenges.

The Watson Institute offers educational programs including programming at The Education Center in Sewickley, PA, Preschool programs in Sharpsburg, The Children’s Center for Creative Learning in Sewickley and at the Shady Lane School in Wilkinsburg as well as Friendship Academy, a program for children and adolescents with emotional challenges.

In September 2008 Watson implemented the Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA), designed to meet the individual needs of adolescents with Asperger's Disorder and high-functioning autistic disorder who require therapeutic intervention and supports that cannot be delivered in a traditional secondary setting.  The program operates at The W. Bruce Thomas Education Center in Sharpsburg.

In September 2009 Watson implemented the Watson Institute Behavior Support Academy(WIBSA) program to serve students with considerable behavior challenges, but for whom their team feels, with intensive behavioral support for a relatively short period of time, would be able to return to a less restrictive setting.  This program is offered at The Education Center in Sewickley.