Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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This is a set of 180 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems, discussing with
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This is the best way to teach how to answer Wh-questions that you will find, because of its unique process of beginning not with lists of questions to answer, but with teaching what kind of word answers which kind of question. After years of parents
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Here are 6 therapist written interactive books illustrating how to use 6 of the 25 early core words for AAC users who are beginning communicators. Each book tells about 1 of the words, in 12-18 pages, using a combination of clip art and Symbol
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This categorizing life skills activity can be used with students who need to identify items by location, by function, or by association. • 5 rooms are provided: living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen. • A wide variety of furniture
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Try this helpful resource for students to learn the meanings of signs they see in the community and on the street. * There now are 34 safety/traffic/community signs, each with two symbols to choose from to represent the correct action or meaning.
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Use of core vocabulary words has been shown to provide AAC users with the vocabulary they need to serve most of their communication needs. The researchers who’ve developed the Developmental Learning Maps (DLM ) have identified a basic core of 40
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If you are implementing Core Word teaching for your AAC users, here are activities to teach AAC users to use core vocabulary effectively. The words used are from the PrAACticalAAC blog's Year of Core Words. • There is some background discussion of
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Do you need differentiation strategies for your classroom? This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments for students with different learning needs and special education students
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Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. This resource can help provide additional decontextualized practice in identifying what to do, what not to do, and
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This describing words activity will help students build receptive language and language processing skills. In Describe it to Me; Listening to Directions students have a variety of activities to use their language processing skills to identify
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Here are task cards for role playing job interview questions, cards for knowing what to do and what not to do, and a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some for motor and vision). These have been used
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This is an adapted U.S. Geography book for use in Speech Therapy or Special Education; or to differentiate. Major landmarks, geographical locations, and famous places are covered with great visuals and easy to understand text. You'll find: • 25
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Teach core vocabulary use in speech therapy or special education to AAC users with 4 more therapist written interactive books illustrating 12 more of the early core vocabulary words. Give your emerging communicators more practice with core words
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This resource builds language and literacy skills with “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and more! In this resource you will
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
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Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's acceptable/expected and what's not. Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with
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Making sure you have everything you need to complete a task is an important part of daily living skills. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is a crucial language and life skill. This is an activity I have used for a long time with
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This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and 30 symbols, and a generic board for reading activities. The packet contains some explanation of core vocabulary, why we use
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This is a fun game-like activity for practicing giving and following directions. Students assemble sandwiches with the ingredients provided, placing items on top, under, between each other. Or create more complex directions. Use it 1:1, in small
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Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear boots in the summer and party dresses to the playground, but many children and adults with various
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught kids with autism. I have been in the classroom, therapy room, and worked as an administrator. I have worked in public and nonpublic schools. I currently specialize in alternative-augmentative communication for nonverbal students and in training staff to implement aac in their classrooms. I teach workshops locally and nationally on augmentative communication and on teaching literacy skills to students with complex communication needs, and have written CEU on-line courses for SLPs about AAC. I have published research articles in peer reviewed journals, and spent considerable time working on translating research into practice.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Working with students with significant special needs has taught me to do whatever works - which can be different for every student in the group. While I have a strong background in applied behavior analysis from working with kids with autism, I utilize a wide variety of strategies and styles! I want to teach teachers and SLPs to consider all options for teaching students with Complex Communication Needs because we need to presume competence for ALL kids. I feel strongly that if a child doesn't learn HE has not failed. WE have.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, M. Ed. in School Administration, and extensive graduate level classes in Special Education (enough for a whole other Master's degree - but why?). I believe this varied background has given me a deeper understanding of what these kids - and their teachers - need.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have 2 (grown) children, 1 husband, and 2 cats. I spend as much spare time as I can in my art studio, creating unique jewelry and mixed media assemblage art dolls, or just stealing time for a quick sketch.

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