Educators play an integral role in the personal and academic development of youth. This past year in particular educators went above and beyond to ensure their students were still able to learn and thrive in the face of many obstacles. Allison Painter, a special education teacher at the Watson Institute’s Education Center South, was recognized […]
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Special Education Schools
Learning looks different this year and continues at school and at home! At the Watson Institute, we support our students whether they are in school or at home. Learn more about our special education school programs!
Special Education Teacher Jobs
Are you a certified teacher looking for a full-time position in a special education classroom? Watson is hiring special education teachers at our schools in Bridgeville, Sewickley, and Friendship. Learn more about these open jobs and apply today!
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Mental Health Supports in School
Students with exceptionalities, particularly mental health challenges, may have difficulty thriving in a traditional school setting. Without access to intensive mental health supports in school, students may struggle to balance their emotional well-being with the pressures of school and social circles. According to the National Institute for Mental Health1, one (1) in five (5) children ages […]
What is a Positive Behavior Support Plan?
If your child’s school conducted a Functional Behavior Assessment to help identify and manage interfering behaviors, they may have included a recommendation to develop and implement a Positive Behavior Support Plan. In this article, you’ll learn what a Positive Behavior Support plan is and how educators and support staff can use this tool to help […]
Watson Life Resources
Classroom Calming Corner
A Classroom Calming Corner is a quiet area equipped with soft furnishings and soothing materials to help a student de-escalate when upset. Check out how to set up and use a calming corner in this post.
Footstool Fit for Kids
When children sit in chairs with their feet dangling for lengthy periods of time, fatigue can set in and affect the whole body leading to interfering behaviors. Here’s a strategy that may help solve ‘foot dangling’ issues.