Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read.
 
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Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them.Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's
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This collection of social situations and problems will help you move your students through understanding of social cues, social language, and social interaction skills. For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this
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Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
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If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
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Do your students have difficulty knowing the right thing to say? Do they have trouble connecting what people are saying to their facial expressions and body language? Can they read the mis-match between one person’s speech and another’s expression?
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Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues
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Do your students have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this resource to help teach students what is
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This game provides some excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills. So many of our students with language disorders have a difficult time with finding or formulating the right language for the
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Some children - especially those with certain disabilities; like language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome - have difficulty with identifying how they feel in certain social situations, reacting appropriately to those
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Help children who have difficulty identifying their feelings with these situational cards.. Many children with special needs, particularly those with autism and significant language disorders, have difficulty putting names to their feelings. This
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Identifying how they feel can be difficult for some students, particularly those with Autism or with Developmental Disabilities or Intellectual Disabilities. Feelings are not as concrete as some other terms and labels.. Use these 96 cards as a
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This is a 22 page booklet for special education students who spend time in general education classes. It reminds students who are included in general education classes that is it ok if they need to do things differently from their peers. The pages
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Let me help you with your students who use AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). I can help you with knowing where to start, and what best practices are. Start by watching my AAC from A-Z videos with tips to help you. In this first video, I
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#kindnessnation We are all trying to make kids be kinder, better friends, and generally good people. These 10 posters can hang in your room as colorful reminders of friendship behaviors. They can also serve as a discussion point for lessons in
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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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