Special Education: Adding Structure to Reduce Problem Behaviors

Does your child with special needs exhibit difficult to manage or challenging behaviors? Consider adding structure to your child’s routine to help reduce problem behaviors. In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson shares ideas to add structure to help your child with special needs reduce difficult or inappropriate behaviors. Create an area in the room for … Read More

Addressing Shoe Challenges for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson shares strategies for dealing with common sensory challenges in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: wearing shoes on the bus. Consider purchasing a pair of comfortable slippers your child can wear on the bus. You could encourage your child to help pick out the pair of slippers so they have … Read More

Decreasing Aggression in Children with Special Needs

Do you have a student with special needs who sometimes exhibits aggressive behaviors? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute shares strategies to identify the reason behind aggressive behaviors and how to prevent and decrease these behaviors in children with special needs. Identify the reason behind the aggressive behavior. Understanding why they happen is … Read More

Write ‘n Pause Assists Students with Special Needs

Following directions or keeping up with classroom activities can be challenging for some students, especially students with special needs such as shifting or auditory processing challenges. In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute shares the Write ‘n Pause strategy which can help your students follow directions and keep up with classroom activities. Make a … Read More

TEACCH ’17 Registration Now Open

Register today for the 2017 TEACCH Autism Program, July 31 – August 4. The TEACCH Autism Program is a five-day training seminar for professionals working with children with autism and other behavioral, learning and communication disorders. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate inĀ a combination of presentations, small group discussions, demonstration classroom activities and hands-on … Read More

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

Structured Choice to De-Escalate Child Behaviors in Special Education

Sometimes it can be difficult for students to transition from one activity to another, such as putting away toys when it is time to go home. In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, the Watson Institute shares strategies to help you de-escalate child behaviors by using structured choice techniques. These techniques give the child a sense of … Read More