Janice Nathan, MS, SLP-CCC
Janice Nathan, MS, SLP-CCC, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with over 21 years of experience working with autistic individuals. Janice grew up with an autistic brother and parents, and recently received her own diagnosis of autism.
Her area of expertise is cognitive processing of language and its effect on child development, interpersonal relationships and learning. Janice’s innovative therapy, Thinking in Speech®, has evolved over her 21 years in private practice working with over 100 autistic individuals. Thinking in Speech was recognized for its innovative approach to autism treatment by the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute where it was selected for their 2019 NSF-funded Pitt Ventures First Gear program, and by Pitt’s Clinical Translation & Science Institute where it received a 2020 Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) award. Her poster session paper, “Turning Behavior and Anxiety into Communication for Social Problem-Solving by Thinking in Speech®,” was presented in 2019 at the 12th Annual International Autism Europe Congress, in Nice, France.
Janice was a Network (Clinical) Supervisor, for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from 2015 to 2020, before Covid hit. She provided practicum hours to more than 20 graduate speech-language pathology students in interested in autism and related neuro-cognitive disorders. Prior to starting Nathan Speech Services, she was a speech-language pathologist for The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh. She began her career in Phoenix as a speech-language pathologist for Paradise Valley School District before moving to Pittsburgh in 2001.
Janice is the co-author of Building Reasoning and Problem-solving skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Step-by Step guide to the Thinking in Speech® Intervention, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers of London She has conducted workshops throughout the eastern United States and in Cairo, Egypt. Her video-recorded workshop for Summit Education has been viewed by over 500 professionals around the world. Janice is a member of American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
Barry R. Nathan, PhD
Barry is Research & Operations Director, for Nathan Speech Services, LLC., located in Pittsburgh, PA. An industrial-organizational psychologist by training, much of his early work was as a researcher or consultant on organizational culture, employee selection, and performance management. However, over the past nine years he has committed himself to corporate diversity & inclusion, and to autism. He became interested in autism through his wife, Janice Nathan, MS., CCC-SLP, whose private practice specializes in working with autistic individuals. With Janice, he is coauthor of Building Reasoning and Problem-solving Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Thinking in Speech® Intervention (2018), Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Ltd.
Barry and Janice’s autism research includes “Turning Behavior and Anxiety into Communication for Social Problem-Solving by Thinking in Speech®,” presented at the 12th Annual International Autism Europe Congress, in Nice, France (September, 2019); and two current funded research projects at the University of Pittsburgh: “Addressing Autism in African American Families,” led by Dr. Valire Carr Copeland of the School of Social Work, and “Neurocognitive Therapy for Children with Autism,” led by Dr. Barbara Baumann of Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. Their research poster, “Innovative Neurocognitive Therapy Intervention for Autistic Children: Preliminary Results from a Remote, Synchronous Training Program for SLPs” will be presented at the INSAR 2022 Annual Meeting.
In 2019, Barry and Janice participated in the NSF-funded Pitt Ventures First Gear program of the Pitt Innovation Institute, the only clinical project invited to participate. In 2020, Thinking in Speech was one of only nine recipients of the Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) award (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfwjx24cst8; https://ctsi.pitt.edu/funding/funding-opportunities/pitt-innovation-challenge-pinch/pitt-innovation-challenge-2020/thinking-in-speech/).
Barry was the facilitator of a panel discussion on “Autism and the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” presented at the 2019 University of Pittsburgh School of Education Center for Urban Education Summer Educator Forum (CUESEF), and a co-presenter with Jamie Upshaw, M.S., Executive Director of Autism Urban Connections Inc., at the 2019 Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit, “Addressing Autism in the Black Community: Autism Urban Connections, Inc.” Barry is on the Therapy Advisory Committee of the Therapist Neurodiversity Collective, where he writes about problems with Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). He also is a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR).
Barry was an honorable mention for 2018 Noir Nation Golden Fedora Poetry Prize in International Crime Fiction.