Sensory-Friendly Event: The Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol - Sensory Friendly Event

The Watson Institute understands that sensory-friendly experiences are important for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and sensory sensitivities.  The Andy Warhol Museum is also recognizing the importance of making art and cultural events accessible for children with special needs by offering a sensory-friendly event at the museum. On Saturday, October 8, 2016 teens … Read More

Early Childhood Special Education – A Family Story


Early childhood special education can be a critical component to the success of children with special needs. At the Watson Institute, early childhood programming includes LEAP Preschool, a program which integrates young students with autism spectrum disorder alongside their typically developing peers. The inclusive learning environment created in this unique program allows students with autism … Read More

Special Education Resources – Scheduling

Utilizing schedules in special education classrooms can help students focus their attention and encourage on-task behavior. In today’s Teacher Tips, the Watson Institute shares a few types of schedules you can utilize to help students move through their day smoothly. Schedules: Using schedules to outline daily activities and tasks in sequence helps students understand “what’s … Read More

Special Education Transition Tips for Educators


As many special education professionals know, transitions can be difficult for children with special needs. Adjusting to the back to school schedule can be challenging for students, their families and certainly special education teachers and support staff. The Watson Institute’s special education consultants have developed special education transition tips for educators to help you prepare … Read More

Teaching Children with Autism – TEACCH


The Watson Institute strives to provide high-quality special education, not only for the students who receive services, but also for our staff. Each year, Watson hosts a week-long seminar in collaboration with staff from Division TEACCH (Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating, Cooperating, Holistic), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which provides resources and instructs educators on … Read More