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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for AAC core word implementation activities for speech therapy to teach the first 40 core words used in the Developmental Learning Maps core? These engaging materials and inclusive activities will teach your AAC users early core words in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
269
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need an evidence based way to teach students how to answer Wh questions in speech therapy? This activity has been based on years of experience and research and uses a unique process of beginning not with lists of Who, What doing, When and Where
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$15.00
214
Digital Download PDF (102.68 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you struggle to come up with activities you can use in therapy sessions or class groups to teach AAC users core words in genuine communication contexts? Here is a set of games and activities to teach the first 6 months’ of core vocabulary words
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$12.50
103
Digital Download PDF (97.88 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find core words therapy materials to help your AAC users build their core vocabulary use? Not enough time to make your own for every core word? These interactive books focus on use of early core words: go, again, all done, stop, more,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$14.00
127
Digital Download PDF (138.29 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol phrase and sentence practice for AAC users will de-stress your planning while providing a huge bundle of stimulus items to use. Time-saving made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using phrases and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1d, L.1.1f, CCRA.L.1
$20.00
39
Digital Download PDF (107.62 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
So many AAC users, so little planning time! Support augmentative communicators, as well as your nonverbal or minimally verbal students with core words in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$94.75
$75.80
41
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Not enough time to create core word picture communication boards for all of your different AAC users? Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
$20.00
48
Digital Download PDF (18.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
For students who are severely physically impaired, use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC, other than Partner Assisted Scanning. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
$6.75
44
Digital Download PDF (0.81 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Assessment, Printables
$16.50
35
Digital Download PDF (20.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
18
Digital Download PDF (192.06 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users learning core words? Finding AAC implementation resources that are focused on older students can be really difficult. Here are interactive books and activities featuring core words with older student images. Done for you
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$65.00
$52.00
13
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for time-saving done for you curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$52.00
$41.60
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
While activity-based communication boards should never be a student's primary AAC system, they can be useful in specific areas or activities in classrooms. In this resource you will find 16 communication boards for your aac users. These are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Other
$14.00
44
Digital Download PDF (9.82 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background information about modeling, core words, partner strategies, and specific plans for modeling 41 core words. You will find:Intro to AAC p.
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Classroom Forms
$13.00
26
Digital Download PDF (23.70 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
No time to make AAC resources for your students? Get instant help with core vocabulary intervention for emerging communicators, AAC users, students with complex communication needs. This is the 3rd set of core word interactive books to add to your
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.00
20
Digital Download PDF (117.28 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find core words therapy materials to help your AAC users build their core vocabulary use? These interactive books focus on use of early core words: I, you, want, that, it, mine, some, in, here, is, what, where; 12 of the early 25 core
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.75
60
Digital Download PDF (110.99 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you confused about how to teach AAC users core words? Or just don't have the time to create specific resources for AAC implementation? Let my resources help you! Here are 6 therapist written interactive books illustrating how to use 6 of the 25
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.00
22
Digital Download PDF (92.43 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Moving AAC users beyond single words can be difficult without targeted practice both in and out of the context or environment. If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. Here is practice for AAC users or
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Other
$13.00
22
Digital Download PDF (58.16 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Other
$2.50
26
Digital Download PDF (56.03 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching AAC and life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address, as well as communicating while at the table for those who can't speak or need visual cues. There are a variety of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Other
$3.25
26
Digital Download PDF (12.53 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years, before which I worked with 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 and international conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 16 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. And have recently written a book about AAC implementation for parents, teachers, and SLPs. 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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