Nancy Clements is a speech language pathologist and Executive Director of Social Thinking Boston®, the East Coast sister clinic to Social Thinking Stevens Creek and Social Thinking Santa Clara. She brings her highly creative approach to her clinical practice, where she maintains a very active and varied caseload ranging from early social learners through adults. She is especially interested in bringing Social Thinking concepts to all learners and continuing to analyze the impact of social thinking methodologies across all tiers using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Nancy enjoys formulating programs from the ground up through creative strategies, systems of implementation, and models of efficacy that are data driven. Having been raised by parents who were both educators, she brings an empathic and collaborative approach to coaching teachers, administrators and specialists.
Before founding and opening Social Thinking Boston in 2012, Nancy was the Program Manager for Communication Services at the Stern Center for Language and Learning. 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. In 2011 she mentored within the Colchester School District to analyze the impact of social thinking methodologies across all tiers using a Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Similar models have been duplicated in the Winooksi and Swanton Vermont school districts.
Throughout her 30+ year career she has served as a direct service provider, consultant, and has presented extensively across New England, Nationally and in Canada. Her strong ties to the Vermont educational community have reemerged in the greater Boston area, where her early professional experiences included clinically based interventions through the New England Rehab Hospital and 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 the use of 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 together models from social communication, sensory integration, and technology.
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- week long training models)
- 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
- 2004-2011: 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-Present: Frequent Presenter at the Social Thinking Providers Conference, San Jose CA. Presentations Include: Summer Camp Curriculum
- Broad Overview of development of the clinical Social Thinking Programs
- School Based Social Thinking Implementation Across all Educational Tiers
- Social Thinking Meets Design Thinking (co-presented with classroom teacher)
- 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 25 years, she also enjoys spending time with her husband, two grown children, her parents, and friends.
Financial: Speaker for Think Social Publishing, Inc. and receives speaking fees.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.