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

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

Special Education Teaching: Spirit Beads Social Strategy

Do you sometimes feel that the students in your special education classroom are isolated from other students in their school? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson explains how to use spirit beads as a strategy to promote social interactions and communication for students with special needs and their peers. Create a color-coded pattern template for … Read More