Nancy Tarshis


Nancy Tarshis is a speech-language pathologist whose prolific career includes extensive experience working with children and their parents. In 1992, she joined the professional team at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where, in 1996, she was named Supervisor of Speech and Language Services. Currently, she maintains a clinical practice, seeing patients birth to 21 for diagnoses and therapeutic treatment, supervises ten speech pathologists, lectures to medical residents and psychology interns, participates in research projects, and serves as adjunct clinical instructor at Teachers College, Columbia, Hunter College, NYU, and Hofstra University. She is deeply experienced in a wide variety of treatment methodologies, including Social Thinking, is a frequent speaker across the U.S. on its concepts and strategies, and co-authored We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers and We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers.

Nancy’s clinical work includes Altogether Social, a Social Thinking practice she co-founded with Debbie Meringolo, that serves clients age 14 months through 22 years. Altogether Social provides individual and group sessions, consultations to public and private schools, and trainings for parents and professionals.

Speaking Experience

  • Narrative Development and Intervention
  • Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Introduction to the ADOS
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Play and Language: Development, Assessment, and Intervention for the Preschool Child
  • Parent-Child Dyadic Intervention for Infants
  • Handling, Positioning and Oromotor Control
  • Language Development and Language Disorders: Birth to Five
  • Play as a Context for Enhancing Developmental Skills
  • Early Intervention and Assessment of Autistic Infants and Toddlers
  • Speech and Language Assessment: Birth to Five Years
  • Interview Techniques and Hiring Practices: A Conversation with Professionals in the Field
  • Speech Therapy Post Cochlear Implant


Nancy is intensely proud of her son, an attorney, her daughter-in-law, a doctoral student in Geology, and her daughter, who is studying to become a Nurse Practitioner. She and her husband of over 30 years live in Manhattan.

Financial Disclosure

Financial: Speaker for Think Social Publishing, Inc. and receives speaking fees and royalty payments.

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 includes school consultations, staff training, parent education, and weekly treatment groups. They are uniquely qualified to offer professional training on the Social Thinking framework to teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents.

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Why Social Thinking Developed an Interactive Play Scale (GPS) and How This Relates to Classroom Participation

Author(s): Michelle Garcia Winner, Nancy Tarshis, Kari Zweber Palmer and Ryan Hendrix

Kids come to the classroom with differing abilities. Those who are more "me based" or adult based players are not as likely to naturally figure out the dynamics of a playground or a classroom, while those with stronger "we based" play skills tend to be more fluid in their ability to attend and learn in larger groups. Learn about our new Interactive Play Scale and how you can use our tools to help the children you work with improve their social understanding through play.

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School-Based Preschool Programs: Inclusion or Direct Teaching

Author(s): Michelle Garcia Winner; Nancy Tarshis and Deb Meringolo

Based on the following question, I developed a response and then asked my preschool specialist colleagues, Nancy Tarshis and Debbie Meringolo, to contribute their thoughts on this topic. We know this is a delicate subject; your experience may be different from ours, as well as your opinion. We think it's critical that we all discuss different points of view related to inclusion-based education. We are not for or against blanket inclusion; instead we are proponents of “thoughtful inclusion.”

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Thinking Flexibly About We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers: Your Questions, Answered

Author(s): Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis and Michelle Garcia Winner

If current trends continue, universal preschool is the next big educational initiative coming our way. And, we are thrilled about it. Study after study demonstrates the benefits of starting education early, and that education is the best way to close the income gap for disadvantaged students. It’s also the best way to provide those rich and supported collaborative learning and play experiences our children with social cognitive learning challenges need to help them close the social gap.

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