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.
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
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
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
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
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As many special education professionals know, transitions can be difficult for children with special needs. Adjusting to the back to school schedule can be challenging for students, their families and certainly special education teachers and support staff. The Watson Institute’s special education consultants have developed special education transition tips for educators to help you prepare … Read More
The Watson Institute strives to provide high-quality special education, not only for the students who receive services, but also for our staff. Each year, Watson hosts a week-long seminar in collaboration with staff from Division TEACCH (Teaching, Expanding, Appreciating, Collaborating, Cooperating, Holistic), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill which provides resources and instructs educators on … Read More
Watson’s special education teachers and instructional aides utilize a variety of special education technologies when teaching children with special needs. Technologies such as communications devices, SMART Boards and iPads are easily adapted to meet each student’s individualized educational needs. iPads in Special Education Classrooms In this modern age of technology, Watson’s students are proving that … Read More
The Watson Institute’s special education teachers and instructional aides create high-quality learning environments in the classrooms, adapting daily activities to meet each students’ needs. One of the many ways Watson staff adapt to the students’ needs is through utilization of special education technology in the classrooms – such as smart boards, iPads, and iPad apps. … Read More
Thirteen students at the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy, a special education school serving students with behavior disorders and emotional challenges, were recently given the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for the future through an art project. Working in collaboration with Sean Beauford, the Art Curator at Studio AM in Garfield, the students were … Read More