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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for AAC core word implementation activities for speech therapy to teach the first 40 core words used in the Developmental Learning Maps core? These engaging materials and inclusive activities will teach your AAC users early core words in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
269
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need differentiation strategies for your classroom? Do you have students included in your classroom that you need to support? This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals
$5.50
86
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By Susan Berkowitz
Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background information about modeling, core words, partner strategies, and specific plans for modeling 41 core words. You will find:Intro to AAC p.
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Classroom Forms
$13.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
In a quandary about what you need to complete a comprehensive AAC evaluation? This resource (the handout of an original ppt presentation for Closing the Gap)) will provide clinicians with budget-friendly ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Higher Education, Staff
Types:
Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations
$11.00
15
Digital Download PDF (33.69 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have Spanish language AAC users on your caseload, but have a hard time finding bilingual resources for them? This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. Contents:A set of 3 boards that
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Spanish, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$4.25
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Get the top tips, plans, information, handouts, forms and fliers you need to implement AAC with confidence. Teach nonverbal students to use core words and fringe vocabulary with fidelity. Provide professional development to SLPs, paraprofessionals
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development, EBooks
$30.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. We know so much about the language basis for reading, that we should be providing support in this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Teacher Manuals
$5.75
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Developing narrative skills in our students is critical for their academic and social success. This Professional Development handout discusses types of narratives, why they are important to develop explicitly in students who are AAC users, and how
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Professional Documents
$4.00
5
Digital Download PDF (16.24 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students frequently
Subjects:
Professional Development, Reading Strategies, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Documents
$3.75
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials you can apply to any story you use in speech therapy or your class? Shared reading is a strategy to increase exposure to books, develop language and literacy skills in young children and students who are not yet readers.This
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.2.1, CCRA.R.2
$11.00
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Get the tools you need to help your child/student become an effective communicator with AAC. Learn how to implement AAC and teach core words to students. Getting started with implementing augmentative communication doesn't have to be fancy, but it
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development, Mini-Course
$75.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a presentation in handout format for special education teachers and speech-language pathologists on the topic of using iPads for augmentative communication and literacy learning in special education classrooms - particularly those for
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
$15.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words.More experienced AAC users need continued Aided Input (AI), scaffolding to support expanded utterances, support for a variety of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Handouts
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Enjoy this free resource that provides direction and ideas for implementing AAC at the beach this summer - or any time.School is out and summer fun is in. Your AAC user might not be getting the same level of intervention during the summer as (s)he
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system.The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Printables
FREE
9
Digital Download PDF (10.39 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, ...
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
9
Digital Download PDF (3.32 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free 4-page handout that talks about how we can best write IEP objectives for aac users and how to measure genuine communication - rather than arbitrary quantitative responses. I have lots of AAC resources in my store, both FREE and paid.
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
10
Digital Download PDF (4.14 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a 4 page document (revised 11-14) that talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken beliefs that often prevent students from receiving the services and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students in special education who are just developing - or have not developed any - literacy skills, shared reading is an essential classroom tool for increasing background knowledge, providing access to texts, and increasing important language
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Handouts, Teacher Manuals
FREE
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This FREE handout explains what story building apps can be used and how to use them to build narrative skills in your students with language disorders or delays or complex communication needs. Narratives are the heart of our interactions.
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Professional Documents, Printables
FREE
10
Digital Download PDF (6.40 MB)
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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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