At the Watson Institute, the health and safety of our students, staff and team members is our number one priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and taking direction from our local, state and federal authorities. At this time we will be closed until further notice, as directed by Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf. … Read More
Our Response to COVID-19
At the Watson Institute, the health and safety of our students, staff and team members is our number one priority. We are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely and taking direction from our local, state and federal authorities. At this time we will be closed until further notice, as directed by Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf. We will continue with our remote learning plan for the duration of the closure. We will keep this information updated as we learn more. Please visit our social media sites for the most up-to-date communications regarding this evolving situation.COVID-19 Resources
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.
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
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
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).