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 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
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Research tells us to focus on core vocabulary when teaching beginning communicators who need AAC. 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.
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This resource provides a variety of teaching activities and strategies to teach the early 40 core words. 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
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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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Help students build receptive language and language processing skills with Describe it to Me. In Listening to Directions students use their language processing skills to identify objects and people given descriptive clues. There are a variety of
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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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Learn about U.S. geography; including major landmarks, geographical locations, and famous places are covered with great visuals and easy to understand text. with this adapted and interactive U.S. Geography book for use in speech-language therapy or
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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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Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning AAC communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and core
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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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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 13 communication boards for your aac users. These are
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This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for students with significant language difficulties; like autism. If your students need visual cues to help them tell or
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Adapting core curriculum for Special Education? Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning. This
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This is a set of 6-location picture communication boards for eye gaze users. This has been revised to us Symbol Stix from News2You. There are 4 core word boards, plus 1 for “something’s wrong,” a game topic board, a t.v. watching topic board, and a
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This set for symbol sequencing practice for aac users or those with limited language skills focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 30 practice action pictures. There are bonus pages also, with 10 pronoun + auxiliary verb has + object. That
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Address CCSS for Language, Speaking & Listening with this resource that addresses answering Wh-Questions in paragraphs, sequencing actions and events, and building or completing simple sentences. There are 36 simple paragraphs (3-4 sentences)
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AAC users don't always get enough practice with producing sentences in every day use. Here is another great resource for practicing sentences using communication symbols. This can be used with AAC users, with students needing syntax practice, with a
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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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Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This is a colorful set of 36 pages to be bound into a book or individual cards to use for practice using descriptor + object phrases. Large stimulus pictures
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This is a bundle of three previous resources that is a ZIP file. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click here There are 2 versions of each of 10 scenes. Some sample questions are provided Students can describe one or both scenes. Students can compare
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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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