Susan Berkowitz

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Students with language disorders can have difficulty with formulating explanations or telling what to do. This is a set of 180 game cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and
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Try this helpful resource for students to learn the meanings of signs they see in the community and on the street. Not only do students need to recognize the signs; they need to comprehend what each sign means and what it means they should do/not
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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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Many students learn language first through the repetition of life routines. This categorizing life skills activity can be used with students who need to identify items by location, by function, or by association. • 5 rooms are provided: living
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Have your students use role playing to help prepare them for job interview questions, and answer questions about knowing what to do and what not to do, as well as a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some
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Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. Language is easily built through these routine tasks, where the vocabulary, sequence, and descriptions are
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Making associations between tasks and objects needed is a crucial language and life skill. Making sure you have everything you need to complete a task is an important part of daily living skills. Help students learn the names of actions and objects
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This collection of social situations and problems will help you move your students through understanding of social cues, social language, and social interaction skills. For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this
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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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This resource provides lots of fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in
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Students with language disorders often have difficulty with both answering and asking Wh- questions. Help your students learn and practice how to ask Wh- questions. This resource gives students practice in answering Who, What, When, and Where
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Answering Wh-questions is a very difficult skill for many children with significant language disorders and complex communication needs to master. While I am a firm believer in my “Program to Teach Wh-Questions” resource found here, some children
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Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
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Do you need a language game that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time, language groups, social groups. There is: • a game board and a spinner to
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This describing bundle covers descriptions and definitions, words for showing about and telling about with use of visual cues, and is flexible enough to work with a variety of students with multiple targets. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click
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If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
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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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For many students with language disorders, answering Wh-questions is difficult, as are making inferences and predictions. Predicting and infering are often much more difficult than basic Wh questions. This game is a good tool in your intervention
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Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
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Finding resources for implementing AAC can be a challenge. 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
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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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