Pittsburgh: More children with ASD at Watson Institute

July 21, 2017, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Watson Institute marks 100 years of serving children The special education school celebrated its 100th anniversary with an open house and other events. It threw a prom — also anniversary-themed — for its high school students in late April…. The D.T. Watson Home for Crippled Children was incorporated in 1917 and welcomed its first students three years later. The first residents, according to the Daily Post, were girls with “tuberculosis of the bone and infantile paralysis.” Over time, the home became an accredited physical therapy school and grew to treat about 100 patients in the 1920s. As the 1940s and ’50s wore on and the national polio epidemic reached its peak, the home took care of more children with the disease, including boys, and incorporated a new method of retraining muscles. In the 1950s, it became one of the earliest test sites for Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine. … Over the last several decades, Watson has focused more and more on autism spectrum disorders, as understanding and diagnoses of the condition increase. Now, about 65 percent of Watson’s students are on the spectrum, Ms. Mostowy said.