Autism Therapy Services

We know that in order for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to make gains in social skills and development, they may need therapeutic intervention in both an individual and group environment.

Social Skills Group Therapy

The Watson Institute offers social skills therapy groups specifically designed for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Provided through the Department of Psychological Services at the Watson Institute, the social skills group offers specific training in social survival skills:

  • Improving conversation skills
  • Making and maintaining friendships
  • Applying emotional regulation skills (anxiety, depression, anger)
  • Assessing and handling teasing and bullying

The therapy groups use cognitive-behavioral interventions, making use of the strengths of the participants to teach them to compensate for their weaker areas. The groups meet weekly for ninety-minute sessions, allowing time for skills training and the practicing of new skills during “socialization time”. Groups are offered in different age categories, beginning with age six through adolescence. Groups are offered in our Sewickley and Sharpsburg offices and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Most services are billable to primary insurance or medical assistance.

Individual Behavior Therapy for Children with Special Needs

The individual therapy program at the Watson Institute offers evidence-based treatment to address a variety of emotional and behavioral disorders including Autism and related disorders.

Therapists implement Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) methods to address emotional and behavioral regulation.

Individual therapy sessions usually take place one-on-one between a therapist and the client but may also include the parents, depending on the child’s needs. A variety of topics can be addressed through individual therapy, including:

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Image
  • Behavior Management
  • Phobia
  • Grief Counseling
  • Parenting Skills
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Trauma

Individual therapy is offered at our Friendship, Sewickley and Sharpsburg locations and is billable to primary insurance or medical assistance.

For more information contact our Intake Coordinator at 412-749-2889. Complete and return a form below to begin the appointment process.