Makerspace & Elementary Special Education Curriculum

Recently we highlighted the Makerspace Initiative and how the Watson Institute Friendship Academy has embraced the program, building makerspace into our special education curriculum. This month, we’d like to show you how it’s being implemented in our elementary-aged students’ curriculum! At Friendship Academy, students with behavioral and emotional challenges in the elementary school level attend … Read More

Watson Institute Achieves National Special Education Accreditation

The Watson Institute is committed to providing exceptional special education programs and services to children with special needs in Western Pennsylvania. To demonstrate our commitment to excellence, Watson voluntarily seeks accreditation from NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services) every five years.  The Watson Institute Education Center program encompasses our special education … Read More

The Watson Autism Peer Mentoring Program Expands!

The Watson Institute supports students with special needs through various academic and social initiatives and incorporates IEP goal-work into every aspect of our students’ school day. These types of initiatives and classroom projects can vary within each special education school program at the Watson Institute. In celebration of National Mentoring Month, we are highlighting how … Read More

Child Behavioral Health Services FAQ

What are Child Behavioral Health Services? Child mental and behavioral health can be defined as the complete well-being and optimal development of a child in the emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive demains. (Barwick & Urajnik, 2013). Child mental and behavioral health services target the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of children to thrive and live to … Read More

Makerspace Special Education Initiative

What is Makerspace? A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. (1) Makerspaces in education transform teaching and are an innovative approach for fostering creative project learning – which allows students to explore interests, … Read More

Developing Life Skills through Charitable Activities

Every year, students with special needs at the Watson Institute’s Education Center Sewickley participate in classroom projects to develop their vocational and life skills. A few times a year, these projects are created to also support charitable activities to teach the importance of supporting the local community and citizenship. Students in Gabrielle Sikora’s classroom follow … Read More

Autism Peer Mentoring Program at Watson

At the Watson Institute, our special education teachers and staff work to adapt educational programming to best serve our students’ individualized needs. In the WISCA program, students with high functioning autism spectrum disorder receive therapeutic supports  to help them work through assignments and learn social and behavior skills. Throughout the last school year, Jennifer Do, … Read More