Debbie Meringolo, a special educator, clinician and developmental specialist, is the Director of Early Childhood Programming at Quad Preparatory School, a school for twice exceptional children, Grades K-12. She assumed this role in July 2018, after a 27-year history as the Associate Director of the Infant/Toddler Team and RELATE program at the Rose F. Kennedy Center Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center of Montefiore. Prior to her current role at Quad Prep, Debbie served as a consultant, bringing Social Thinking methodology to the school, developing the social emotional learning program and training staff members. Debbie has a long history working in schools as a reading specialist, supervisor and program developer in the New York City Department of Education for many years.
In addition to her current position, she runs a part time private practice along with Nancy Tarshis, for children ages 14 months through adulthood. They provide individual and group sessions, consult to public and private schools and provide training for parents and professionals.
Debbie is an enthusiastic speaker who enjoys sharing her own clinical experiences with audiences across the country. She has been speaking about social cognitive development, preschool play skill development, assessment and intervention, and developing social groups across the age range.
Debbie has presented on the following topics in addition to the core Social Thinking workshops listed above:
- Social Thinking® for students in grades K-12
- Preschool Social Emotional Development and Play Skills
- Connecting Social Thinking® to Challenges in Reading and Writing
- Supporting Siblings and Families
- Play and Language: Assessment and Intervention for the Preschool Child
- Play and Language: Development, Assessment and Intervention
- Identifying Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children
- Using the Autism Diagnostic and Observation Schedule
- Educating Children with Autism
Debbie and her husband live in White Plains, NY. She enjoys time with her children and family, her son, an attorney, daughter-in-law, a media specialist, daughter, a clinical social worker, and soon to be son-in-law, a financial specialist.
Financial: Speaker for Think Social Publishing, Inc. and receives speaking fees.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.
Note: Nancy Tarshis and Debbie Meringolo are available to co-present and bring a unique perspective to the Collaborative. As clinicians and administrators at a university-affiliated developmental disabilities clinic, they provide evaluation and treatment to individuals from birth to 21. In their joint private practice, they offer a variety of supports that include school consultations, staff training, parent education, and weekly treatment groups. They are uniquely qualified to offer professional training to teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on the Social Thinking framework.