Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Feel more confident with core vocabulary implementation for AAC! This resource will provide you with up to a full school year's worth of core word implementation materials and activities for teaching core words to beginning AAC users. This resource
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$40.00
283
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By Susan Berkowitz
End the frustration for you and your students who need modifications. If you're adapting your curriculum to meet the needs of special education students in your classroom, you need differentiation strategies. If you have students included in your
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
$5.50
90
Digital Download PDF (17.27 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
You augmentative communication users need their communication partners to modeling core words consistently in order to learn to use AAC. Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$13.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need to get comfortable with AAC? 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
Subjects:
Communication Disorders, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development
$30.00
7
Digital Download PDF (72.65 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:set of 3 boards that progress
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Spanish, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$5.00
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Digital Download PDF (12.36 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for help with completing a comprehensive AAC evaluation? This resource will provide clinicians with budget-friendly ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices with AAC, language, fine motor, and scanning apps and accessories for AAC
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Higher Education, Staff
Types:
Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations
$15.00
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Digital Download PDF (19.45 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Want a quick and easy way to align reading and writing objectives to the Common Core without wading through pages and pages? Here's a time saving reference for writing IEPs and monitoring progress using the Standards. For SLPs who question their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Teacher Manuals
$6.50
10
Digital Download PDF (12.04 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for hep with building narrative skills with your early communicators and AAC users? Developing narrative skills in our students is critical for their academic and social success. This Professional Development handout discusses types of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, Lesson
CCSS:
SL.K.1b, SL.K.4, SL.1.1, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4, SL.4.4, L.K.1f
$4.00
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Digital Download PDF (21.04 MB)
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
$75.00
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Video & Supporting Information
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need a place to start with planning to use core words in activities with your AAC users?Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words.More experienced AAC users need continued
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
17
Digital Download PDF (15.53 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
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free 10 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. Remembering that genuine communication is our goal, we want
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
11
Digital Download PDF (22.21 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
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 gets during the school-year. But that shouldn’t matter, because you know how to infuse AAC use into every-day
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities
FREE
5
Digital Download PDF (17.41 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on core vocabulary with multiple AAC users? Trying to plan for core words input and acquisition? Keep track of core words to be modeled and those they've learned for each AAC user with this planning and progress book. Contents:Pages
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (3.91 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This handout briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for an individual who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system.The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being responsive to
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Printables
FREE
11
Digital Download PDF (11.07 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Brand new AAC system out of the box? Not sure how to customize it for your student? 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,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
9
Digital Download PDF (12.34 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you constantly battling the myths of AAC and the misconception of parents, teachers, and others? This handout talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
7
Digital Download PDF (6.70 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This 3 page handout provides some basic useful strategies partners (teachers, parents, and SLPs) can use to encourage and increase communication skills and aac use in students who are learning to communicate with aac. Check out the AAC Custom
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students with language disorders 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
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Centers, Handouts, Teacher Manuals
FREE
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a handout for parents about playing with their child to build language skills?Building Language with Toys and Play is meant to be a starting point for knowing how to use toys to build your child’s receptive and expressive language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Printables
FREE
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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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