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

Watson Recognizes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Parents of children with special needs face many challenges. At the Watson Institute, our goal is to help parents and caregivers address the challenges their children may face day to day by supporting them educationally as well as through mental and behavioral health services such as child trauma informed therapy. Did you know, individuals with … Read More

Three Reasons Why You Want a Summer Special Education Job at Watson!

As winter comes to a close and warmer weather approaches, your mind may be drifting to thoughts of summer time. You might also be considering a summer special education job working with children. If so, you’re in luck! The Watson Institute is hiring compassionate individuals to join our team of camp aides, site supervisors, special … Read More

Watson Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month!

The Watson Institute is celebrating Music in Our Schools Month! At Watson we provide students with special needs with a variety of opportunities to learn and work towards their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. At Watson, we recognize that music education programs can play a powerful role in the lives of young people and can … Read More

Makerspace & Elementary Special Education Curriculum

Recently we highlighted the Makerspace Initiative and how the Watson Institute Friendship Academy has embraced the program, building makerspace into our special education curriculum. This month, we’d like to show you how it’s being implemented in our elementary-aged students’ curriculum! At Friendship Academy, students with behavioral and emotional challenges in the elementary school level attend … Read More

Watson Institute Achieves National Special Education Accreditation

The Watson Institute is committed to providing exceptional special education programs and services to children with special needs in Western Pennsylvania. To demonstrate our commitment to excellence, Watson voluntarily seeks accreditation from NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services) every five years.  The Watson Institute Education Center program encompasses our special education … Read More

Achieving Special Education Reading & Literacy Goals

At the Watson Institute, helping children with special needs reach their educational and developmental goals is our priority. Each students’ goals are unique and individualized based on their needs and abilities. For one student at the Education Center Sewickley, this school year has opened up a world of possibilities for him as he is now … Read More