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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Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work
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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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Teach students who use AAC or are minimally verbal how to use core words for communication with these interactive books showing the word in use. This is a bundle of 3 of my sets of interactive core vocabulary teaching books for aac (augmentative
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If you are looking for materials and activities to teach your beginning AAC communicators here is a fantastic bundle of my 6 More Core Words Books and the companion Teach Me 6 More Core Words strategies and activities to teach core words
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This is a bundle of 5 of my products for implementing AAC and increasing communication for users of picture based communication (AAC). There are core word-based picture communication boards and adapted books to teach those first core
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A bundle of 7 resources for practicing sequencing communication symbols for AAC users and students with minimal expressive language. More than 225 practice cards plus an additional sentence making activity. There are also communication boards
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Do you have students who need help with following and giving directions? Need to meet Common Core State Standards for listing and speaking? This following and giving directions bundle is a bundle of my speech and language products that work on
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#ChristmasinJuly Sale Item: This is a bundle of three of my categorization resources: Cool language activities: cool language categories • The categories section of the resource has been separated out for this bundle • There are: • 16
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This resource is a mega-bundle of >330 pages of AAC core word practice opportunities; including: • event simulations (going to a burger restaurant or ice cream parlour, taking a hike through the woods, playing a race car game, going to the
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A bundle of communication symbol sentence practice for AAC users, speech therapy, and special education. For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they get
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If you are looking for materials and activities to teach your beginning AAC communicators here is a fantastic bundle of my 6 Core Words Books and the follow-up Teach Me 6 Core Words strategies and activities to teach core words resources. There are
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This Making Predictions Bundle contains my What If...? game and What Will Happen? What Do I Do? resources. Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Answering What if? questions can be particularly
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If you're supporting augmentative communicators in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups and are not sure where and how to begin to support nonverbal or minimally verbal students: Then this AAC Starter Kit resource is for
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This is a bundle of the following products. Please refer to the links for previews of each and full descriptions of each. Graphic Organizers for Stories a variety of graphic organizers to use with any variety of stories and books Story Element Die
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This is a big money-saving and time-saving bundle of the original 5 sets of my core words books to date (11-2016); perfect for additional practice of core words for your AAC users. There are 5 resources-in-1: • 6 Core Words Books • More Core
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This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abe Lincoln and George Washington. They were created with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are symbol assisted activities; including comprehension questions (multiple choice and
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AAC users need 200 opportunities each day to practice using their AAC systems to become competent communicators. While optimal teaching stresses use of AAC in the context of daily routines and events, SLPs have intervention sessions to fill with
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This is a bundle of 7 of my adapted informational texts for special education to meet the Common Core State Standards' call for more informational texts in special education. These are all science based books, and are perfect for both
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Here are adapted biographies for special education for Women's History Month, using Picture It software. Each biography has 3 comprehension questions, 2 pages of vocabulary matching (1 with symbols and 1 with only text). There is a report template
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Looking for materials to teach about Martin Luther King Day in speech therapy or special education? My Martin Luther King Day Bundle for Special Education includes: an adapted biography with picture assisted text, comprehension questions,
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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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