Susan Berkowitz

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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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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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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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Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear boots in the summer and party dresses to the playground, but many children and adults with various
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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 vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more. This
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
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This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for: * matching items with their location, function, and associated items, sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
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For supporting AAC users this bundle is invaluable. 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
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Students with significant language disorders need visual supports for telling about items; even favorite objects brought for "Show and Tell." Being able to describe or tell about things is a crucial academic and social language skill. Here are
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You will find in this resource activities for at least 5 days’ shared reading to go with the book for: 1. vocabulary - including vocabulary cards, matching activities, card game ideas, definition matching, define & describe, compare &
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
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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
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This resource is for teaching and practicing understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental and facial cues by using a wordless picture book. Wordless picture books are often used in speech therapy for developing
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The book There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward, offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, sequencing, defining/describing, and more. This is another sequence book along the lines of the Old Lady Who
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Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
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This activity combines the fun of a typical “I Spy” type of interactive visual activity with the language skills of naming/ describing/ identifying function and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment. Each of the 15
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Give students practice with talking about vocabulary with naming items and people, answering Wh-questions about them, categorizing, describing, comparing & contrasting. In this activity, students are asked to name the pictured item; answer Wh
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If you're struggling to provide standards based curriculum to your students with language disorders or significant communication needs, this science related language resource; with interactive books, sorting and defining activities, is for
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If you need to meet the needs of beginning AAC users and are confused about how to start, these resources are for you! Let me help you with information about core words, research, and materials. This is a big money-saving and time-saving bundle
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Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your groups of special education students with the materials for The Little Red Hen; covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading & writing & word work,
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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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