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

Reinforcement Tower

Are you looking for strategies to reinforce appropriate behaviors with a student with special needs in your classroom? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn about using a reinforcement or working tower, which introduces motivators that the student can earn by practicing appropriate behaviors. Create the reinforcement tower (or use the template on the corresponding resource … Read More

IEP Goals Integrated into Holiday Activities


Holiday cheer is on display at the Education Center Sewickley, a Watson Institute special education school! Throughout the month, children with special needs in Watson’s schools have participated in various holiday-themed activities and projects which also help them work towards educational, social, and mobility goals as outlined in their IEPs (Individualized Education Plan). At the … Read More

Taking Brain Breaks

Do your students struggle to maintain focus during difficult subjects or longer periods of activity? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, learn about brain breaks and how they benefit your students and help them focus on tasks during the school day. Taking brain breaks throughout the day can help your students re-energize and re-focus after long … Read More

Pairing with Reinforcement for Students with Special Needs

Do you have a student with special needs in your class with whom you’d like to form a positive relationship? In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson experts share information about the pairing with reinforcement strategy to teach your student appropriate behaviors and help you form a bond with him/her. Identify reinforcers (items/activities that your student … Read More