At the Watson Institute, helping students with special needs achieve their academic and developmental goals is our priority. Although schools were closed in the second half of the school year for in-person learning, educators at the Watson Institute adapted their approach to ensure our students still received the educational lessons and support they needed to […]
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
Watson Institute Continuity of Education Plan
The Watson Institute is committed to supporting our students and families whom, as all of us, have had many changes in their lives. The goal of Watson’s Continuity of Education Plan is to present lessons and activities to students and their families in the form of Planned Instruction and Review and Enrichment. View the full text of Watson’s Continuity of Education Plan.
A Letter from Barry W. Bohn, President & CEO of the Watson Institute
In recent weeks, our country has been torn by the events related to the death of George Floyd and similar incidents of racial inequities. The Watson Institute stands in solidarity with our students, families, and staff members of color.
Supporting Students through Virtual Learning
A letter from Barry W. Bohn, President & CEO of the Watson Institute
In recent weeks, our country has been torn by the events related to the death of George Floyd and similar incidents of racial inequities. The Watson Institute stands in solidarity with our students, families, and staff members of color […]
Transitioning to Virtual Learning
Since the global pandemic caused schools to shift to a remote virtual learning approach, Watson’s students and educators have worked to adapt to new routines. Recently, a special education teacher in the Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) program, Sydney Larner, shared her thoughts on how virtual learning has impacted her team and […]
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).