Pittsburgh: District pays for special school for autistic kids; regular ed teachers "not trained"

June 13, 2018, CBS2, Pittsburgh: Kidsburgh: School Helps Children With High-Functioning Autism One in 59 kids is on the autism spectrum, a number that’s increased tenfold in the last 40 years. This has led to a need for schools to teach autistic children, especially those who are high-functioning. Many students with high-functioning autism start out at traditional schools, but often times, it doesn’t work out and they drop out. The Watson Institute just opened a second location to meet the need for a place for these kids to learn. For 101 years, the Watson Institute has been helping children with special needs. … With 55 students in their location in Sharpsburg, and the new location in South Fayette, from kindergarten through age 21, each child has unique needs and abilities. The school uses cyber school with in-person teachers…. Parent Diana Prowitt, whose son Aiden is a student in the WISCA program, says, “He started out in our neighborhood school, and it didn’t go well.” That’s the experience of many students in the WISCA program. At traditional schools, all teachers are not trained to work with autistic children, and the environment can be overwhelming. … The public school district where each of the kids at Watson would go pays for their education at Watson, so that makes it affordable for families. The Watson Institute is one of several schools in the region that work with children who have autism. Some of the others include Pace School and Pressley Ridge.