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, and is a frequent speaker across the U.S. on its concepts and strategies.


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.


Course Expertise

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Social Thinking Across the Home and School Day: The ILAUGH Model (ages 5 - young adult)

New information on writing goals and taking data with rubrics. Discover an array of strategies that bolster social learning and help improve performance on educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core)! Explore lessons to make the abstract social world more concrete and understandable. Through the ILAUGH Model of Social Thinking learn how social ability impacts academic success. Uncover how challenges in social communication, executive functioning and perspective taking impact written expression, reading comprehension, organizational skills, and working in a group – and learn strategies to improve all of the above! Rounding out the day: learn essential tips for effective IEP goal writing and data keeping.

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The Social Thinking Informal Dynamic Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the inner mind of a person with social learning challenges. Our Informal Dynamic Assessment is designed to uncover why an individual may struggle to work in a group or interpret information. Use the results to tailor treatment* plans and track progress. Through video clips and discussion learn central concepts for running effective Social Thinking treatment groups and lessons to use at home. Finally, explore three core Social Thinking strategies to use immediately: Social Behavior Mapping, The Friendship Pyramid, and The Spirals of Social Anxiety.

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Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary: A Day to Develop Team Creativity (ages 5 - young adult)

Learn over 20 unique Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary! Help individuals advance their ability to understand the social context and tailor their behaviors accordingly. Help others improve their social observational skills, how they work in a group, share an imagination, understand what it means to be a "Just Me" versus "Thinking of Others" person, and relate more effectively with language. Discover tools for teaching self-regulation, executive functioning, emotional understanding and theory of mind/perspective taking. Work in teams to develop lesson plans to implement new strategies in your home, clinic, or classroom the very next day. People love this hands-on, engaging workshop!

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“I’m going to be a video game designer!” Helping Teens Prepare for the REAL Adult World (ages 11 - young adult)

Adolescence, angst, and apathy - the characteristics routinely used to describe teens and young adults who yearn for independence, but often have no plan for getting there. This transition can overwhelm individuals born to social learning challenges, even those who are “bright” with strong language skills. This conference focuses on helping parents and professionals prepare for - and respond to - this transition. Specifically, we will explore the more nuanced expectations that come with the emergence into adulthood and strategies to help individuals develop a more mature social mindset.

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Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities (ages 4 - 7)

<p>Connecting the dots: guide children&rsquo;s early social learning and play experiences to strengthen social thinking and classroom learning. Using video examples and multi-sensory lessons, we provide helpful strategies and Social Thinking Vocabulary to teach children core concepts such as thinking thoughts and feeling feelings, thinking with their eyes, learning about the group plan, developing self-awareness about their body in the group, and how they use their whole body to listen! Engaging activities help kids learn in a group through social exploration and play. This course seeks to encourage the fidelity in how parents and professionals understand and implement our award-winning curriculum, storybooks, and music collection: <em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em>. The vocabulary and strategies are adaptable for use with other activities and age-appropriate literature. (Note: Series formerly named <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>). <br /> <br /> <strong>Course Content Disclosure:</strong> While this course includes information on other products (books/lessons) and the research/work of other authors, it primarily focuses on the content included in the <em>We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers</em> curriculum guide and storybooks for the purpose of teaching this information with fidelity. </p>

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Concrete Learners (ages 5 - young adult)

Delve into the needs of our more literal learners who may have diagnoses such as ASD, ADHD, language learning or sensory integration challenges. They are often perplexed by the abstractions of the school curriculum, show marked difficulty in reading social cues, and are often aloof and less organized.&nbsp; Discover how best to teach individuals based on their age and how to enhance learning in the inclusion-based classroom. Explore lessons that translate abstract social concepts into concrete ideas that can help improve social understanding over time. Participants are provided with tools to tie social treatment plans to the Common Core Standards. Audience members love the many video examples and treatment tools! <br />

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ZOOMING IN: Strategies for Individuals with Subtle but Significant Social Problems (ages 5 - young adult)

Explore the needs of nuance-challenged social communicators who may have diagnoses such as Asperger&rsquo;s syndrome, ASD, ADHD, or social anxiety. They are often in mainstream education and struggle with the intricacies of social relationships, homework assignments, and working in peer-based groups. Discover effective strategies that encourage nuanced perspective taking and executive functioning while attending to the person&rsquo;s mental health. Take with you nuance-based social learning lessons for use in both treatment plans and the mainstream classroom to help improve performance on educational standards at the state level (including the Common Core).<br />

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Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take On Social Emotional Learning (ages 5 - 14)

You've asked for this day! Learn how to effectively use two of our key teaching materials: our award-winning first book in the Superflex series, You are a Social Detective! and our Superflex Curriculum to boost social awareness, social learning, and self-regulation. Lessons support Social and Emotional Learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, and Response to Intervention. These books are designed for elementary school-age children, but we explain how to modify them for use with slightly older and younger kids. Interactive, creative group activities abound in this conference to help our kids transform from 'Me' thinkers to 'We' thinkers!

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What Does Play Have to Do with Classroom Learning? Exploring Social Executive Functioning and Social Emotional Learning for Early Learners (ages 4 - 7)

<p style="text-align: justify;">Learn strategies to promote executive functioning in play, the classroom, and group collaboration! Practical, fun, and innovative strategies help kids understand group and play dynamics as well as improve how they work, play, and learn in groups.&nbsp; To accomplish this, we delve deeply into teaching these concepts: understanding social expectations, flexible versus stuck thinking, identifying the size of the problem, making smart guesses, and sharing an imagination. We will also delve into our new assessment and treatment*-planning tool to assist with encouraging individualized group play and learning, called the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving Scale (GPS), which is paired with a checklist and differentiated play activities.&nbsp; The goal of this course is to offer cutting edge information and teach attendees how to use <em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em> with fidelity. <em>We Thinkers! Volume 2</em> is the second set in a two-volume series formerly called <em>The Incredible Flexible You!</em>. The information presented in this course builds on the five core Social Thinking concepts presented in our precursory course, &ldquo;Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners through Stories and Play-Based Activities.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> <strong>Course Content Disclosure: </strong>While this course includes information on other products (books/lessons) and the research/work of other authors, it primarily focuses on the content included in the <em>We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers</em> curriculum guide, storybooks, and the Group Collaboration, Play and Problem Solving (GPS) assessment and treatment guide for the purpose of teaching this information with fidelity. </p>