Nancy Clements, MA, CCC-SLP
|Speaker Region:||Northeast U.S./Eastern Canada|
|Speaker Focus:||Workshops: A B C E|
|School age, School related programs in public/private settings|
Nancy Clements is a speech language pathologist, Executive Director of Social Thinking® Boston (more info coming soon), and the director of the east coast Social Thinking Clinical Training Program. She developed an in-depth Social Thinking program, including developmentally based groups, off-site coaching and consultations, and a three-credit graduate course in partnership with Saint Michaels College.
The program is currently conducting criterion based Social Thinking research with over 60 children and adolescents in the clinical program and, in conjunction with the Colchester School District, is analyzing the impact of social thinking methodologies across all tiers using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model.
Nancy received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Elmira College in 1981 and her Masters Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1982. Throughout her 30 year career she has served as a direct service provider, consultant, and has presented extensively across Vermont and nationally. Having started her career in rural Northwestern Vermont, she has strong ties to the Vermont educational community.
She expanded her experiences to include clinically based interventions through the New England Rehab Hospital and at the University hospital in Boston. These experiences provided the opportunity to work within interdisciplinary teams both in the assessment process and development of programs, including technology. She began incorporating her knowledge of assistive/adaptive technology (AAC) into her work and introduced this concept to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center while continuing to extensively explore and build her skills with folks requiring assistive technology for communication. This expertise led her to the University of Vermont’s Department of Communication and Disorders Program to implement an extensive three year national grant designed to teach graduate students about this technology while developing models of assistive/adaptive technology implementation in rural communities. Following her passion, she became a consultant for the Prentke-Romich company, traveling and providing extensive training about AAC. She became a leader in this field throughout Vermont and New England, often consulting to teams building blended programs, pulling models of social communication, sensory integration, and technology. Nancy has been at the Stern Center for Language and Learning for the past seven years.
Nancy enjoys formulating programs from the ground up through creative strategies, systems of implementation, and models of efficacy that are data driven. She has broad experience developing blended programs that incorporate Social Thinking with other treatments such as DIR/Floortime, RDI, and Sensory Integration.
Nancy has developed and presented workshops on a variety of topics in addition to the Social Thinking workshops she has been trained to give:
- Workshop on Floortime and blended approaches to programming for students on the Spectrum (full day)
- Workshop on RDI model of intervention- specific focus on modified and extension activities of this model (full day)
- Workshop on Executive Functioning –theory, research and strategies for elementary, middle and high school students (full day)
- Sensory Integration meets Communication-theory, evaluation and strategies for joining methodologies (full day)
1991: North Dakota- week long presentation on AAC with low functioning adults
1993-1997: Extensive Presentations on AAC in Vermont, Mass, NH, NY and Ohio
1997-2004: Extensive presentations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire on programming for students on the Autism spectrum using a blended approach to attending skills, functional skill building, social communication and self-regulation
2004-present: Presentations on Floortime, RDI model, Developing and Running Social Groups, Building Blocks for Early Literacy, Executive Functioning, and Picture Exchange Communication throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
2008-2009: Presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference
2009: Poster Session at ASHA National Conference
In her spare time, Nancy enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and taking long walks. She is also an avid sports fan. Having been happily married for 22 years, she also enjoys spending time with her husband, two grown children, her parents, and friends.