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Summer Programs for Children With Special Needs at The Watson Institute

Think warm thoughts - summer is just around the corner! The Watson Institute offers several summer programs for children and adolescents with special needs. Registration begins in February.

ESY (Extended School Year) is designed for children with special needs who qualify for ESY services. Watson offers ESY programs at 2 locations:

  • ESY at The Education Center in Sewickley, PA, in accordance with a student's IEP, consists of adapted educational and therapeutic services for children with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, neurological impairments, developmental delays, brain injuries and other impairments. Age ranges are 5-21.
  • ESY at Friendship Academy is designed for children with emotional needs who qualify for ESY services and who would benefit from educational/therapeutic programming. In accordance with the student's IEP, Friendship Academy's ESY program is designed to facilitate progress towards individualized academic and behavioral goals throughout the summer within a structured learning environment. Age ranges are 5-21.
  • SCALE (Social & Community Activities for Life Experiences) is an ESY program specifically designed for adolescents in their transition years who are currently participating in Autistic Support and Life Skills curriculums. The SCALE program offers a "hands-on" approach to developing vocational, social and functional community skills while promoting awareness and independence in the community.
  • STAT (Summer Therapeutic Activities for Teens) is offered at The Watson Institute's Sewickley, Sharpsburg and Upper St. Clair sites for teens with Asperger's or High-Functioning Autism.
  • WISP (Watson Institute Summer Program) is offered in several locations throughout the Pittsburgh area, providing children with autism spectrum disorders ages 6-14 an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp setting with their typically developing peers.

Visit our website for more information www.thewatsoninstitute.org.

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