Susan Berkowitz

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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 free resource contains the pages needed to make a 19 pg. compound word book in the shape of a baseball mitt, two compound word worksheets and answer pictures. Images are crisp and clear Smarty Symbols. I've got lots more vocabulary resources,
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This is a 4 page document (revised 11-14) that talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken beliefs that often prevent students from receiving the services and
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This is a template for a die with symbols that represent story elements: who, what happened, story problem, ending,when. Students roll the die to 'choose' what they need to tell or retell. Good for retelling stories, telling stories or personal
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This is a generic calendar month with 35 ideas (1 per day) to keep kids using language during the summer break. Each day has a language task for students to formulate language - either verbally or with their aac (augmentative-alternative
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Students who struggle with spelling, including those with dyslexia, often have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words and - more importantly - where those sounds move and change - to create other words. Here are 12 free cards from the 90
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This is a single page sample of a categorizing activity, adding ice cream scoops to their category cones. I have included 3 category cones and 9 ice cream scoops to give you an idea of what the whole resource is like. Inside the full resource pack
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This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
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Happy New Year! Here is a way to get the new year off to a fun start with a quick vocabulary game. Good for centers, for speech therapy, for independent practice. Match the balloons and party hats. There are 16 pairs of synonyms. Welcome to
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This newly updated (12-15) resource contains 30 hearts with opposites printed on them. Simply cut each heart in half, mix them up and have students find the matching sides. Can be an individual or group activity, can be used for "I have- Who
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This is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system. The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
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Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
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This is a set of 2 generic monthly calendars for expressive language practice for students who need the support over the summer. Each day has a communication task for students to formulate language. There is a range of activities for different skill
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This is a free set of tic-tac-toe-like game boards using color photos and graphics to practice summer vocabulary. Words include bus, train, plane, bubbles, picnic, park, pool, amusement ride, bar-b-que, bike, scooter, skateboard, hopscotch, beach,
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Whether you want your student/child to practice to maintain skills over the summer, need them to keep practicing to build skills, or want them to get ready for next year here are some cards you can use to get through vacation - or any time. There
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This is a super resource for parents, SLPs, and teachers. 52 jam-packed pages from 6 of TPT's most fun speech-language pathologists. There are activities for every day of the summer to keep students practicing their language, pragmatic,
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Enjoy this free communication board to use at library time with your nonverbal or minimally verbal AAC users. It first appeared as a freebie on my blog at http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-6-is-national-read-book-day.html It
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Here is another free communication board for use at APE or Motor Lab or other physical/gross motor activities. It has 32 symbol spaces, uses Symbol Stix and relies on a base of core words. Check out my other free communication boards, including
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Here is another free picture communication board for your students who use augmentative communication. It is a 32-location board with a focus on core vocabulary related to eating times. It uses SymbolStix from News2You, which most AAC systems are
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This is a FREE picture communication board with core vocabulary for students who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC). Research shows that core words provide students with the most robust and flexible access to words they need for
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Here is a free visual cue set to post in your classroom or give to each students to help them follow directions in a fire drill. These loud and interrupting events are often difficult for special education students - especially those with autism.
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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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