At The Harry S. Tack Education Center Sewickley, Watson offers an approved private special education school that is licensed to serve children ages 3 to 21 with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, neurological impairments and other developmental disabilities. The Education Center’s classrooms are staffed by a special education teacher and two paraprofessionals. Each classroom team consists of the special education teacher, paraprofessionals and related service professionals such as speech and language therapists, occupational and physical therapists, teachers of the visually impaired, social workers, behavior specialists and a school nurse. Additionally, there are “special” classes: art, music, library and adapted physical education. These classrooms are staffed by a teacher certified in their respective content area.
Approved Private Special Education School
- Licensed to serve children with special needs ages 3 to 21
- Nationally Accredited by NCASES (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services)
- Outcome-driven special education teachers, staff, and support providing proven evidence-based practices for learning, social skills, speech, behavioral, and more.
- Outcome-based programs for students to learn, adapt, and achieve their fullest potential.
- Proven evidence-based practices such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) support attention, language and social skills building, and augmentative and communication skills to improve social interactions.
- Outpatient behavioral health services offered to students and families of students with special needs at Watson. Comprehensive services such as wraparound, diagnostic assessments, and therapy are offered but not necessarily a requirement for students enrolled in Education Center Sewickley programming.
- Parent Support Group is offered monthly on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The group will be cancelled on days when school is closed or delayed due to weather or teacher in-service.
- Contact Sal Schlieper at SalS@thewatsoninstitute.org for more information.
Preparation for Special Education Transition into Adulthood
Special education transition services help our students with special needs to develop the necessary skills and confidence to navigate in the community. Through Community Based Instruction, social skills and pre-vocational skills development, students with special needs are better prepared for their special education transition post-graduation.
Special Education Career Opportunities
Are you interested in a special education career at the Watson Institute? Check out our current openings today!
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