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The Watson Institute Friendship Academy

Rating: 5 stars   1 review 115


301 Camp Meeting Road Sewickley PA 15143 USA


The watson institute through its family of schools & services helps children & youth with special needs achieve their fullest potential in all aspects of their lives. Watson strives to provide: programs that serve the needs of children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological impairments or serious emotional challenges, with diagnostic, educational, and therapeutic support; support to the families of these children through education, counseling, wraparound, outpatient services and respite programs; and training and technical support to educators, psychologists, and therapists and others working in this field.


Partial psychiatric hospital program: provides six hours of treatment per school day. Services include - psychiatric intervention, medical services, psychological services, social work services and emergency crisis interventions.

education program is an approved private school which serves as an educational placement option for students ages 6 to 19 with serious emotional disturbances. The educational program served 108 full-time equivalent day students for fiscal year 2014.

idea-b - all pennsylvania department of education enrolled students are involved in career education classes and transition planning begins at age 14. The program includes materials, career exploration, college/job fairs, transportation, evaluations and job coaching and wages for coordination of in-house student workers.

esy- extended school year: special education and partial psychiatric services provided to students outside of a standard schedule of school days within a school term. 51 students were served in july 2013.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a parent of an autistic 21 year old. When my son was diagnosed by Watson back in 1994, we were stunned and honestly didn't hold out much hope for him. Though my son has obviously NOT been cured, he has progressed remarkably well, mainly due to the education services provided by the Watson people.

In addition to the wonderful service provided by Watson, this institution helps train special education teachers in individual school districts. Watson has been as such an inspiration, I can only hope that they continue to do their work at the same high standard that my son expereinced.

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Continue to expand its main campus size and further grow its' teacher training program

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