Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this is a collection of visuals that present more than 50 opportunities to identify feelings, practice what to say, determine what/how someone might be thinking or what they
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This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource is similar to my original Life Skills: Solving Problems and Answering
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This is revision of the original four pages of communication pictures, which I use for some older boys who need reminders of what they can and can't say to people when in the community This revision now contains 13 useful pages (not counting cover
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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 you have students who blurt out the wrong thing to say in a situation, or who need support with finding nice things to say to someone? Pragmatic language difficulties are tough for our kids with significant language issues, and/or autism. This
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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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Identifying how they feel can be difficult for some students. Use these 96 cards as a starting point for discussion about feelings in different, sometimes common, situations. You can also take the discussion to the next level by asking students,
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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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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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If you are working with a student who uses AAC (augmentative-alternative communication) and you're not sure where to start, or what best practices are, my AAC from A-Z video tips are for you. In this first video, I talk about Aided Language
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#kindnessnation 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 being a good friend. The posters focus on asking and listening, giving compliments,
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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 toothache 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 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?).

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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