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May 20th, 2016

Sensory-Friendly Special Education Classroom Activities

At the Watson Institute, sensory-friendly experiences are incorporated into special education classroom activities. This weekend, a local theater company is inviting middle and high school aged students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families to attend a sensory-friendly play performance. Prime Stage Theatre is presenting a sensory-friendly performance of “The Giver” … Read More

May 12th, 2016

Watson Students & City Theatre Partner

Watson Students & City Theatre Partner

Students from the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy partnered again with the City Theatre’s professional teaching artists as they read through student-written plays recently as they presented “An Afternoon of One-Act Plays” at the school. Special education teachers at Watson build creative learning opportunities into classroom projects, such as this Playwright Discovery Program and City Theatre … Read More

May 9th, 2016

Students Learn Life Skills Through Animal Friends Project

Students Learn Life Skills Through Animal Friends Project

Students at the Education Center Sewickley recently worked on a project, making and selling dog toys to benefit a local animal shelter, Animal Friends. Starting in February, students in Michelle Hartley’s classroom, which focuses on improving life skills, began collecting donated t-shirts from staff so they could rip them into strips and braid them together, … Read More

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Replacement behavior for writing on the wall

My 7 year old son, diagnosed with autism, is constantly writing or scratching on my walls with anything he can find, whether it’s a pen to write or one of his toys to scratch.

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Daily routines to help preschool children communicate

I would like to help my 3 year old son to communicate better. He’s very smart and can do just about anything on a computer.

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