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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Special Education & Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Goals

At the Watson Institute’s family of special education schools, activities and field trips are planned for students with special needs with the goal of helping them to achieve their educational goals as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). For the past few years, special education staff at the Watson Institute Education Center Sewickley have … Read More

Special Education School Spreads Positivity to Peers & Community


At the Watson Institute, students with special needs are encouraged to participate in daily activities that are fun and help them work towards achieving their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. Students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the WISCA program, a special education school at Watson, have recently embraced an educational opportunity that also … Read More

Child Behavioral Health & Neuropsychology Testing


Diagnostic Assessments & Psychological/Neuropsychological Tests for Children At the Watson Institute, we provide services to children with special needs and a wide variety of diagnoses such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Watson’s behavioral health services include a wide array of diagnostic assessments and testing for children up to the age of … Read More

Therapy Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

therapist and student at table

The Watson Institute provides a full range or psychological services for children and adolescents with special needs and their families. In the psychological services department, outpatient behavioral health services for children with special needs such as individual and social skills group therapy are provided. What therapy services are available for my child with special needs? … Read More

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