At the Watson Institute, a special education school in Western Pennsylvania, offering professional development opportunities for our staff is a critical component to providing comprehensive, high-quality special education services to students with special needs. Our partnerships with local universities provide invaluable professional development opportunities for staff. The Watson Institute works with students in various programs … Read More
Special Education Jobs
Are you looking to start your special education career or find a job in the mental and behavioral health field? Watson is looking for compassionate individuals to join our family of educators, therapists, social workers, psychologists, and more who are providing quality special education services to children ages 3 to 21. Whether you've just graduated high school and are looking for summer employment, or have a Master's Degree and years of field experience, you can find a career in special education at Watson. Want to know what it's like to work here? Hear from one of our special education teachers as she shares her experience about working in this dynamic environment. Also, check out our current openings and apply today!Apply Now
Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
Are you looking for comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services such as therapy, wraparound services, or diagnostic assessments? Watson offers all of these outpatient services for children up to age 21. Request an appointment today!
Special Education Training & Consultation Services
Are you an educator looking to learn more about teaching students with special needs? Contact us today to learn more about our special education training and consultation services to districts and educators.
Educators at the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy are always looking for ways to help our students grow academically and socially. In addition to classroom learning, educators aim to instill the importance of building positive connections in the community. Friendship Academy is a special education school with programs for children between the ages of 5 to … Read More
At the Watson Institute, one main objective is helping children with special needs achieve their educational and developmental goals. Educators at Watson are always on the lookout for special education resources and will often research activities, such as those that provide sensory input, to incorporate into daily classroom activities to help our students succeed. Last … Read More
Watson Life Resources
Adding Structure to Reduce Problem Behaviors
Some children can become over-stimulated or agitated by their surroundings and benefit from increased structure and a controlled environment. This answer provides suggestions to help decrease your child's difficult behaviors by making some changes to the home environment.
Replacement Behaviors: Vocal & Motor Self-Stimulation
Sometimes vocal and motor self-stimulatory behaviors can interfere with learning and community inclusion. Knowing the function(s) will determine your intervention as well as replacement behavior(s).