Past Events

Autism WorkshopAs a speech-language pathologist, Janice Nathan has given her presentations and workshops at a variety of autism conferences. Among many topics, Janice has spoken about speech-language pathology conditions and has provided autism workshop ideas for teachers.

Below are some of Janice’s past autism workshops. Please contact Janice if you would like her to speak at your school or organization.

Past Events:

Egyptian Society of Phoniatrics and Logopedics (ESPL)

Egyptian Society of Phoniatrics and LogopedicsIn March of 2016, I had the honor and privilege of being invited by the Egyptian Society of Phoniatrics and Logopedics (ESPL), as a guest lecturer. I gave a 2-day workshop on Thinking in Speech® – Promoting Independent Problem-solving in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. ESPL is the Egyptian equivalent of my professional organization, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in the United States, and is associated with the Union of European Phoniatricians.

The 2-day workshop covered my “Thinking in Speech®” language intervention approach designed to facilitate independent problem-solving through the development of inner speech for verbal and written expression.

Learning Objectives included:

Day 1
1. Identify typical and atypical language development in individuals with ASD.
2. Understand and describe milestone development of theory of mind.
3. Describe the differences between explicit and implicit and respective importance for promoting independent learning in individuals with ASD.

Day 2
Egyptian Society of Phoniatrics and Logopedics1. Understand and describe strategies to facilitate development of inner speech in individuals with ASD via verbal and written expression.
2. Write individualized language goals to promote theory of mind development in individuals with ASD.
3. Describe strategies to increase independent problem-solving when faced with situations deemed stressful or challenging to individuals with ASD.
4. Explain the three stages of learning and its importance for writing language goals for individuals with ASD.

Around the world more and more children are being diagnosed with ASD. There is a critical need for clinicians trained to help these children learn to independently problem solve.

For more information about workshops to help children with ASD have easier days, and to help them with independent problem-solving, contact Janice at:

NathanSpeech@aol.com
412.363.8388

Pennsylvania Speech-Hearing-Language Association (PSHA)

Pennsylvania Speech-Hearing-Language Association
Friday, April 4, 2014, 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Sheraton at Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA

Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP will present on “Thinking in Speech: Promoting Independent Problem-Solving in Children With ASD.”

CLICK HERE to read the brochure.

Description: The ability to “think in speech” is critical for developing flexible thinking, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation. Children with ASD have difficulty with planning and reflecting on potential solutions to problems when faced with novel situations that are deemed stressful. In particular, generalization of these skills outside a therapy setting are known to be especially challenging for therapists, educators and families. Participants will learn practical strategies for teaching and generalization of these skills with children with ASD.

Range of Life Span: All Ages

Target Audience: Professional, Educators, Parents/Family Members

Janice Nathan is a certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Nathan Speech Services. Her area of expertise is cognitive processing of language and its effect on child development, interpersonal relationships and learning. Janice’s interest and unique language intervention approach in this area developed as a result of growing up with a brother and a mother with ASD.

44th Autism Society Conference and Exhibition

Autism Society of America
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 8:00am-9:15am
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

Janice Nathan, M.S., CCC-SLP will present on “Teaching Children with ASD to Use Language for Reasoning and Problem-Solving.”

Click HERE to read the brochure.

Description: The ability to “think in speech” is critical for developing flexible thinking, and is the foundation for effective self-regulation. Children with ASD have difficulty with planning and reflecting on potential solutions to problems when faced with novel situations that are deemed stressful. In particular, generalization of these skills outside a therapy setting are known to be especially challenging for therapists, educators and families. Participants will learn practical strategies for teaching and generalization of these skills with children with ASD.

Range of Life Span: All Ages

Target Audience: Professional, Educators, Parents/Family Members

Janice Nathan is a certified speech-language pathologist and owner of Nathan Speech Services. Her area of expertise is cognitive processing of language and its effect on child development, interpersonal relationships and learning. Janice’s interest and unique language intervention approach in this area developed as a result of growing up with a brother and a mother with ASD.

Family Members of Adolescents and Adults with ASD

Housing and Employment: The Realities and Opportunities for Adults with Autism
Linda Marino, speaker
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 11:30-1:00
Panera Bread, 3401 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This support group is excited to have Linda Marino, a Special Needs/Critical Need Coordinator for Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Allegheny County, as well as a mother of an individual on the Spectrum, come and speak on the topics of housing and employment for adults with ASD.

Linda Marino is a Special Needs/Critical Need Coordinator for Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Allegheny County. As a Coordinator for Special Needs, she assists families who have children and adults with special needs to find resources in the community and/or offering assistance as an advocate in public and private school systems. She assists adults with special needs in the search for appropriate housing, vocational opportunities and available community services. She also facilitates a support group, Growing Together, for family members of adults with disabilities. Linda has been an advocate for the special needs population for 30 years. The mother of an individual with autism, she co-founded the Midwestern Pa. Chapter of the Autism Society of America and served as president for ten years. She also co-founded Autism Support and Advocacy in Pennsylvania (ASAP), a state coalition that was developed to advocate for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. She assisted in the development of Westfield, a farm model for adults with autism and mental health issues. In previous positions, she has worked with the homeless population, domestic violence victims and their children and as Children’s Coordinator for the Southwestern Pa. Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Il. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Slippery Rock University.

Seating is limited, so please send in your RSVP to Janice Nathan, nathanspeech@aol.com at your earliest convenience. Light refreshments will be provided.

Helping People with ASD Handle Dating and Relationships

Parents in Toto
April 20, 2012
143 S. Main Street
Zelienople, PA 16063

Individuals on the Spectrum can find developing relationships and dating very confusing and overwhelming. Without a true understanding of the subtlety of socially appropriate rules and boundaries, they can end up serious difficulties. Real-life examples: A young man ends up emptying his bank account to help his online “girlfriend” come to the States to live with him. When asked why he gave her all his money, he replied, “She told me she loved me.” An older gentleman begins calling, e-mailing and following a woman to her doctor appointments because she chatted with him at a social event and he thought that meant they were going to be dating. A young man ends up being accused of sexual harassment at his workplace because he began following a woman who had been friendly to him.

How Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Can Learn to Use Language for Reasoning and Problem-Solving

Autism Education and Research Institute (AERI)
July 14th, 2011
Ramada Conference Center
31 Plank Road
Altoona, PA

This session will help participants understand differences in language development in typical children vs. children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a related diagnosis. Participants will learn how to help children with ASD develop prerequisite skills needed for problem-solving and interpersonal communication. Armed with an understanding of how the brain acquires and uses knowledge, participants will learn effective, easy-to-use and brain-logical strategies to help children with ASD develop problem-solving skills.

Teaching Children to be the Boss of their Brains

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA
May 8, 2010
35 Wilson Street, #100
Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Helping children with ASD achieve academic and social success.

Supporting the Social Communication Needs of Learners with Autism

National Autism Conference
August 6, 2009
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803

This session will focus on how to help children develop and use the skills essential for successful social communication.

Growing Up with Autism: Brothers and Sisters Speak Out

National Autism Conference
August 5, 2009
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803

This panel will provide a personal glimpse into the lives of siblings. It will describe various experiences of siblings with autism and make recommendations for achieving best outcomes.