About Us

“Ensuring that we provide best practices to all of the children we serve and then sharing that expertise with professionals and pre-professionals is, in short, the Watson Difference.”

— Barry W. Bohn, CEO, Watson Institute

Throughout Watson’s one hundred year history, we’ve been a refuge to those crippled by polio, served as a location for Dr. Salk’s clinical trials for the polio vaccine, been hailed as a premier training resource for physical therapists and have provided high-quality rehabilitation to both children and adults. In addition, we’ve become a member of Pennsylvania’s Approved Private Schools, providing education to children with special needs. We operate a special education preschool program involving children with autism spectrum disorder and their typically-developing peers.  We offer inclusive summer camp programs and provide child assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. We also provide educational programming with a partial hospital component to children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances. We’ve given a well-deserved break to families through our respite services.

Today the Watson Institute is made up of special education schools, resources and programs for children with special needs, as well as those professionals and pre-professionals who serve children with special needs.