With education as the core of our organization, The Watson Institute follows a “whole child” approach in the services we offer to support the overall growth of each child and family.  Through our services and programs, The Watson Institute serves more than 1,200 children and their families annually.  Watson’s schools house the heart and soul of the organization – the students.  It is in the schools that staff members work individually with children, watching them grow and overcome obstacles, becoming positive forces in the children’s and their families’ lives, and watching many students transition back to their home school districts.

In addition to our school programs, Watson offers inclusive summer camp programs, and provides child assessment and therapy for children and adolescents with autism.  Watson also provides educational programming with a partial hospital component to children and adolescents with severe emotional challenges.  Watson gives well-deserved breaks to families through our respite programs:  CareBreak and Day and Overnight Respite.  Watson also hosts Social Skills Therapy Groups and Parent Groups.
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Wraparound Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


The Watson Institute strives to provide a full range of special education programs and psychological services to students with special needs – and their families. In the psychological services department, a variety of service options are available – such as wraparound services for children with autism spectrum disorder. What are wraparound services? Wraparound services are … Read More

Students with Special Needs Learn Pre-Vocational Skills


Students with special needs at the Watson Institute are provided with opportunities to prepare them for the special education transition that occurs post-graduation. In a recent post we shared that our students with special needs at the Education Center Sewickley designed and sold holiday cards as a fundraising activity which also served as a life … Read More

Special Education Students Holiday Cards for Sale


The Watson Institute Education Center Sewickley strives to provide learning opportunities for students with special needs to develop important life skills and pre-vocational skills that will help their special education transition post-graduation. In addition to these important life skills, is the opportunity for students at the special education school to learn about giving back to … Read More

Grief Loss Counseling for Children


Grief can be difficult for children, particularly during the holiday season. The Watson Institute recognizes Children’s Grief Awareness Day, which seeks to bring attention to the fact that support and grief counseling for children can often make a positive impact in the life of a child grieving a loss. At Watson, we provide comprehensive psychological … Read More

A Special Education Career with a Global Reach


If you’re looking for a rewarding special education career that will both challenge you and provide you with opportunities to learn and grow, look no further than the Watson Institute. At Watson, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our special education staff. As a recognized special education school, our staff of teachers, therapists, aides … Read More

Special Education Transition Preparation


At the Watson Institute, a recognized autism school in Western Pennsylvania, staff adapt curriculum for students with autism spectrum disorder and various special needs to ensure they are working toward their educational goals. Part of this adapted curriculum used to prepare for their special education transition focuses on life skills and pre-vocational skills development. Beginning at age … Read More

Special Education Career – Why I Chose Watson


The Watson Institute aims to create a culture of support and inclusion at all of our special education schools. We understand that staff who feel supported can provide the highest quality special education to children with special needs. Kaitlyn Gorniak, a special education teacher at the Education Center Sewickley recognized the importance of this culture … Read More

What Makes Watson a Recognized Autism School?


The Watson Institute provides high quality special education to children with various special needs; however, we have gained significant recognition as an autism school for the services we provide children with autism spectrum disorder. The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) program was developed to meet the needs of students with high-functioning autism, … Read More

Early Childhood Special Education – When I Grow Up


The Watson Institute recognizes the importance of early childhood special education and its positive impact on the success of students with special needs. At Watson, special education teachers incorporate IEP goals into all aspects of the classroom schedule, understanding that building the foundation for success should start early on in the students’ education. Megan Megrey, … Read More