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Why Watson for summer programs?


  • Watson's services are specifically designed and tailored to children with autism
  • Services are provided in multiple locations throughout the region, allowing for connections close to home
  • Services  are provided in typical camp settings, providing opportunities for modeling and development of friendships
  • Services are therapeutic rather than purely recreational
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Summer Programs

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The Watson Institute offers programs for children and teens:  WISP, STAT, ACCLAIM and SCALE.

WISP is offered in many locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, providing children with autism spectrum disorders an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp setting with their typically-developing peers.

STAT is offered at The Watson Institute's Sewickley, Sharpsburg, and Upper St. Clair sites for teens with Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.  Two sessions are offered throughout the summer.

ACCLAIM piloted during the summer of 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh for college bound teens with Asperger's disorder and high-functioning autistic disorder.  The program focuses on the development of skills necessary to succeed at college and includes therapeutic, learning and social components.  Appropriate candidates have the academic abilities necessary for success in college but have significant limitations in their social and organiztional skills. ACCLAIM WILL NOT BE OFFERED IN SUMMER 2014.

SCALE (Social & Community Activities for Life Experiences) is an ESY program specifically designed for adolescents in their transition years who are currently participating in Autistic Support and Life Skills curriculums  The SCALE program offers a "hands-on" approach to developing vocational, social and functional community skills while promoting awareness and independence in the community..  Click here for a video of SCALE activities.