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 day respite program. Watson also hosts Social Skills Group Therapy and Parent Support Groups.
When Isaiah Erb-White started at one of the Watson Institute’s special education schools in 2013, his ability to speak or move independently was extremely limited due to his multiple disabilities and Isaiah also did not possess special education technology that could help him achieve these goals. Isaiah’s multiple disabilities greatly impacted his ability to communicate. … Read More
Family-Submitted Situation: My child is 14 years old and really struggles to get out of bed and get himself ready. We have tried making checklists and use alarm clocks. He has to be constantly reminded and prompted to brush his teeth, eat breakfast, etc. The routine remains the same everyday but he never catches on. … Read More
Family Submitted Situation: I have a child who is non-verbal but able to identify many common objects and is able to communicate basic wants and needs via a picture communication board. I would like to start teaching her some early literacy skills and words. Any suggestions as to how I might start? Summary: Literacy involves … Read More
Family Submitted Situation: “I know there must be a way to help my son with his toileting. It becomes so chaotic sometimes as he runs to the bathroom to use the toilet. He doesn’t seem to know what to do first. Do you have any ideas to help?” Summary: Developing and teaching a toileting routine … Read More