Child Behavioral Health Services FAQ

What are Child Behavioral Health Services? Child mental and behavioral health can be defined as the complete well-being and optimal development of a child in the emotional, behavioral, social, and cognitive demains. (Barwick & Urajnik, 2013). Child mental and behavioral health services target the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of children to thrive and live to … Read More

Makerspace Special Education Initiative

What is Makerspace? A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech to no tech tools. (1) Makerspaces in education transform teaching and are an innovative approach for fostering creative project learning – which allows students to explore interests, … Read More

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

Identifying Repetitive Behaviors & Interventions

Does your child with special needs engage in concerning behaviors such as throat clearing, vocal tics or finger crossing? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn how to identify repetitive behaviors in your child and how to seek out interventions. Start by addressing your concerns over your child’s behaviors with his/her medical team as well as … 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