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.

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

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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

A Special Education Career with a Global Reach


If you’re looking for a rewarding special education career that will both challenge you and provide you with opportunities to learn and grow, look no further than the Watson Institute. At Watson, we pride ourselves on the expertise of our special education staff. As a recognized special education school, our staff of teachers, therapists, aides … Read More

Special Education Transition Preparation


At the Watson Institute, a recognized autism school in Western Pennsylvania, staff adapt curriculum for students with autism spectrum disorder and various special needs to ensure they are working toward their educational goals. Part of this adapted curriculum used to prepare for their special education transition focuses on life skills and pre-vocational skills development. Beginning at age … Read More

Special Education Career – Why I Chose Watson


The Watson Institute aims to create a culture of support and inclusion at all of our special education schools. We understand that staff who feel supported can provide the highest quality special education to children with special needs. Kaitlyn Gorniak, a special education teacher at the Education Center Sewickley recognized the importance of this culture … Read More

What Makes Watson a Recognized Autism School?


The Watson Institute provides high quality special education to children with various special needs; however, we have gained significant recognition as an autism school for the services we provide children with autism spectrum disorder. The Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) program was developed to meet the needs of students with high-functioning autism, … Read More

Early Childhood Special Education – When I Grow Up


The Watson Institute recognizes the importance of early childhood special education and its positive impact on the success of students with special needs. At Watson, special education teachers incorporate IEP goals into all aspects of the classroom schedule, understanding that building the foundation for success should start early on in the students’ education. Megan Megrey, … Read More