Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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If you need to support AAC users but have not had training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
$25.00
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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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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 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 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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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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If you're supporting augmentative communicators in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups and are not sure where and how to begin to support nonverbal or minimally verbal students: Then this AAC Starter Kit resource is for
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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
$7.50
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Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. In my first set of 6 Core Word Books, I focused on Go, Again, All
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Do your students have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this resource to help teach students what is
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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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Making inferences is the art of making good guesses based on the evidence or information you have/have been given. Some things we learn or are shown first hand. A picture of a pig on a farm tells us there is a pig on this farm. Out first-hand
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It is important that our students know how to be polite, how to say the ‘right’ thing, how to tell someone else how to do or find something, and what words to use for the context. Work with students or groups with multiple targets; you can sort
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This is a small sampling of the resources in my TPT store; highlighting the types of resources I sell for AAC, speech-language therapy, and literacy skills development. I have book companions, language games, augmentative communication resources,
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#kindnessnation We are all trying to make kids be kinder, better friends, and generally good people. These 10 posters can hang in your room as colorful reminders of friendship behaviors. They can also serve as a discussion point for lessons in
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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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