The Watson Institute’s programs serve as learning environments for Watson’s teachers, therapists and other staff.  Within the Watson environments, classrooms, camps, therapy groups and strategies are tested, refined and perfected, based upon child progress and behaviors.  Watson’s knowledge and expertise is passed through training and consultation capabilities to others who work directly with those who need special education.  As a result, the lives of many more children than could be served at Watson’s programs are positively changed, in the local area, throughout the state, and around the country.  In all of our work, Watson collaborates with many urban and suburban school districts and other agencies, university programs in special education, social work, child psychiatry and nursing.

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

Special Education Technology Gives Student a Voice

When Isaiah Erb-White started at one of the Watson Institute’s special education schools in 2013, his ability to speak or move independently was extremely limited due to his multiple disabilities and Isaiah also did not possess special education technology that could help him achieve these goals. Isaiah’s multiple disabilities greatly impacted his ability to communicate. … Read More

Special Education Student Transitions to School District

At the Watson Institute’s special education schools, our primary objective is to help our students achieve their goals as outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). For many students, the goal is that they will progress enough to transition back to, and attend, their home school district with special education supports. Over the summer, special … Read More

Watson Institute Celebrates National Volunteer Week

In the words of Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.” In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Watson Institute is sharing the stories from student volunteers in our CareBreak respite program, to recognize the amazing individuals who dedicate their time and efforts to helping children with special … 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

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

Therapy Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs

behavioral health services at Watson

The Watson Institute provides a full range or psychological services for children and adolescents with special needs and their families. In the psychological services department, outpatient behavioral health services for children with special needs such as individual and social skills group therapy are provided. What therapy services are available for my child with special needs? … Read More

Wraparound Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


The Watson Institute strives to provide a full range of special education programs and psychological services to students with special needs – and their families. In the psychological services department, a variety of service options are available – such as wraparound services for children with autism spectrum disorder. What are wraparound services? Wraparound services are … Read More

Students with Special Needs Learn Pre-Vocational Skills

Students with special needs at the Watson Institute are provided with opportunities to prepare them for the special education transition that occurs post-graduation. In a recent post we shared that our students with special needs at the Education Center Sewickley designed and sold holiday cards as a fundraising activity which also served as a life … Read More

Grief Loss Counseling for Children


Grief can be difficult for children, particularly during the holiday season. The Watson Institute recognizes Children’s Grief Awareness Day, which seeks to bring attention to the fact that support and grief counseling for children can often make a positive impact in the life of a child grieving a loss. At Watson, we provide comprehensive psychological … Read More