Fundraiser Helps Students Work on Functional & Vocational Skills

Student with special needs given structured choice

At the Watson Institute, students with special needs learn academic and developmental skills to help them reach their individualized goals. Social and emotional learning are also important skill sets incorporated into students’ daily classroom activities. Feelings such as empathy, compassion, and generosity are taught by example through philanthropic activities. Students in Gabrielle Sikora’s Life Skills … Read More

How to Find a Child Therapist


Finding the right resources for your child can be a challenge; especially if your child has complex medical or mental health needs. Here are some tips on finding the right therapist for your child, as well as how to navigate the confusing alphabet soup of medical acronyms.  The first step to identifying an appropriate therapist … Read More

PBIS Program Helps Friendship Students RISE Up!


At the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy, our team of educators and specialists help students with severe emotional and behavioral challenges achieve their goals, academically and developmentally. At the beginning of last school year, Friendship implemented a school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to encourage the use of positive behavior interventions and set consistent … Read More

Watson Alum Overcomes Fear to Become a Future Pilot


Many children dream of becoming a pilot at some point during their childhood, but for Tyler Kefalos, a former student at the Watson Institute LEAP Preschool, that dream is now becoming a reality.  At the Watson institute, our educators equip students with special needs with the skills and mechanisms to overcome obstacles throughout their lives. … Read More

Celebrate Christmas in July with Charitable Contributions

Wouldn’t it be great to get a jump start on the holidays while wearing your flip flops? You can make an impact in a child’s life by making a charitable contribution to the Watson Institute – all from the comfort of your favorite beach chair! The Watson Institute is a special education organization, serving children … Read More

Watson Psychologists Present Autism Research

At the Watson Institute, staff are encouraged to pursue research projects in their fields of expertise and publish or present those findings with their industry community. Dr. Amy Camodeca and Dr. Jennifer Croyle, two psychologists in the outpatient behavioral and mental health services department at Watson have spent over three years researching instruments that are … Read More

A Student’s Special Education Transition Story

At the Watson Institute, special education transition services help prepare our students to make the transition into adulthood after graduation or to transition smoothly back to their school district. We support students with special needs to help them achieve their educational, social, and developmental goals. The length of time a student attends the Watson Institute … Read More

Watson Staff Present at Annual Special Education Conference

At the Watson Institute, professional development is a key component to our organizational culture. Staff are encouraged to explore professional opportunities such as research studies, professional presentations and attendance at industry or job-related conferences. This past March, Watson Institute staff represented the organization at the PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education) Bureau of Special Education Annual … Read More

Makerspace Vocational Training & Future Ready Initiative

At the Watson Institute Friendship Academy, special education staff start to work with students at 14 years old to help them prepare for a successful transition after graduation. Some of our students will pursue post-secondary education at a four year college or a technical school, while others will enter into the workforce. Whatever the students’ … Read More

Using Art in Special Education

UPDATED: July 2, 2019 Recently, the winners of the 2019 InSights Art Competition and Exhibition were announced and we are pleased to share that Nolan was awarded 1st Place in the category of Preschool/Kindergarten for his artwork, Ocean, and Gianna was awarded Honorable Mention in the category of Preschool/Kindergarten for her artwork, Lava Love! Their … Read More