Developing Life Skills through Charitable Activities

Every year, students with special needs at the Watson Institute’s Education Center Sewickley participate in classroom projects to develop their vocational and life skills. A few times a year, these projects are created to also support charitable activities to teach the importance of supporting the local community and citizenship. Students in Gabrielle Sikora’s classroom follow … Read More

Autism Peer Mentoring Program at Watson

At the Watson Institute, our special education teachers and staff work to adapt educational programming to best serve our students’ individualized needs. In the WISCA program, students with high functioning autism spectrum disorder receive therapeutic supports  to help them work through assignments and learn social and behavior skills. Throughout the last school year, Jennifer Do, … Read More

Social Safety Awareness Strategies

Do you worry about teaching your child with special needs about safety, social awareness and how to interact appropriately with strangers, family and friends? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson experts share strategies to teach your child with special needs about safety around strangers and how to navigate social situations. Behavior stories can be an … Read More

Shaping Clothing Challenges for Children with Sensory Sensitivities

Do you have a child with sensory sensitivities who does not like to wear long pants? Does this become a concern during the winter months? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn how to shape your child’s clothing challenge and slowly acclimate him/her to wearing longer pants without discomfort. Start out by purchasing “zip off leg” … Read More

Auditory Sensitivity Toolkit

Is your child with special needs sensitive to noise? Do certain noises trigger a negative response from your child? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn how to prepare an auditory sensitivity toolkit that includes intervention strategies to help your child with special needs cope with auditory sensitivities. Oftentimes, auditory sensitivities are a response to overstimulation … Read More