Susan Berkowitz
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Susan Berkowitz
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This is a set of 180 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. In the past 35 years I have worked with a number of classes of high school students
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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. Each book tells about 1 of the words, in 12-18 pages, using a combination of clip art and Symbol
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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 room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen. • A wide variety of furniture
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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. * There now are 34 safety/traffic/community signs, each with two symbols to choose from to represent the correct action or meaning.
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This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments for students with different learning needs and special education students in their classrooms. It begins with a brief discussion of
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Here are materials 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 core vocabulary, prompting methods, and Aided Language
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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. This resource can help provide additional decontextualized practice in identifying what to do, what not to do, and
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An Adapted U.S. Geography Book, Autism, Special Education 25 pg. book adapted for students who need to use visual cues and/or picture based communication, 2 different communication boards, (20 & 32 symbols) more than 20 pages of vocabulary
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Here are task cards for role playing interview questions, cards for knowing what to do and what not to do, and a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some for motor and vision). These have been used with
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Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Whether you begin the school year with David and the rules he should live by, or read these books later in
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This activity will help students build receptive language and language processing skills. In Describe it to Me; Listening to Directions students have a variety of activities to use their language processing skills to identify objects and people by
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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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This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and 30 symbols, and a generic board for reading activities. The packet contains some explanation of core vocabulary, why we use
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Making sure you have everything you need to complete a task is an important part of daily living skills. This is an activity I have used for a long time with both kids and adults in residential schools or homes, and it has also been used in
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For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this is a collection of visuals that present more than 50 opportunities to identify feelings, practice what to say, determine what/how someone might be thinking or what they
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There are several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for students with significant language difficulties; like autism. Symbols have been changed from PCS to Symbol Stix from News2You. These
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This is a fun game-like activity for practicing giving and following directions. Students assemble sandwiches with the ingredients provided, placing items on top, under, between each other. Or create more complex directions. Use it 1:1, in small
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This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann McGovern. The materials can, however, stand on their own without the book. There is a clinician-written book that follows parts of the
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In this resource you will find 13 communication boards for your aac users. These are activity based boards, using core words and some fringe vocabulary. There is a combination of 20-location and 32-location boards. These boards use Symbol Stix,
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This resource gives your student practice with following simple and complex directions. UPDATED: 7-2015 to include more directions cards and added community helpers to put in the town. This pack includes the following materials for manipulating
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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 toothache 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 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?).

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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