Susan Berkowitz
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Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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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. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems, discussing with
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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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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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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 is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource is similar to my original Life Skills: Solving Problems and Answering
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This set for symbol sequencing practice for aac users or those with limited language skills focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 30 practice action pictures. There are bonus pages also, with 10 pronoun + auxiliary verb has + object. That
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This is revision of the original four pages of communication pictures, which I use for some older boys who need reminders of what they can and can't say to people when in the community This revision now contains 13 useful pages (not counting cover
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Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues
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This is a revised and updated version of the original set of placemats with visual cues, and now includes 3 additional kitchen sorting activities. One of the placemats has just cues for napkin, utensils, and plate for setting the table. It has a
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This is a multi-page core & fringe vocabulary book. It goes into a 3-ring binder, as shown in the photos, after being printed and laminated. The first 2 pages make up the core vocabulary board that is visible/available at all times. There are
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Thinking through being prepared for the situation or event is difficult for some students. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different occasions can be confusing. Being organized enough to gather those things
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If you are looking for materials and activities to teach your beginning AAC communicators here is a fantastic bundle of my 6 Core Words Books and the follow-up Teach Me 6 Core Words strategies and activities to teach core words resources. There are
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Teach students how to recycle properly by using the easy-to-assemble boxes to sort paper, plastic, metal, glass, and foodstuffs picture cards. Also contains sorting activities, cut and paste activity pages. NEW 3-2016 Recycle or Not? Game with
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Do you work with augmentative communication users who need to work on moving beyond single word responses to more phrases and even sentences? Running out of ideas for ways to practice? This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of
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This is a combined set of game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems, discussing
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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
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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.
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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
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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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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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