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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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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This is a language building resource for vocabulary and sequences associated with Spring for speech therapy and special education. Newly revised 6-2016 You will find: • Vocabulary picture cards for building receptive & expressive vocabulary
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Give students practice with talking about vocabulary with naming items and people, answering Wh-questions about them, categorizing, describing, comparing & contrasting. In this activity, students are asked to name the pictured item; answer Wh
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This is a summer-themed language pack containing materials for vocabulary, giving and following directions, describing and formulating other expressive language, sequencing, phonological awareness, categorizing, counting and subtracting. ** It has
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Do you have students working on multiple targets or a group with differing objectives? Do you like to use story books in speech therapy to provide interest, context, and structure? Language Fun with the book There Was an Odd Princess Who Swallowed
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Included are 168 cards (revised 7-16) that cover a variety of language skills to practice in speech therapy, at home, or in class. Tasks include: name items within category, name items needed for a task, name items by descriptor,
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Make speech and language therapy a fun and challenging with these 12 thematic game boards to be used with any set of speech or language game cards, or with the 168 cards provided. Convenient, colorful, easy to set up and use - just about
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Here are more than 200 language cards for speech therapy practice. 90 additional cards are near-duplicates, but offer multiple choice images (b&w) for students who need an easier task or visual cues. Tasks include: list items needed for task,
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No time? No ink? No worries! If you like to use your iPad in speech therapy or small groups in special education, this categorization activity is for you. • 45 multiple choice items offer the names of 3 items/people/ places/etc. within a given
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Vocabulary Bundle for Speech therapy, Special Education, Autism, covers concepts and language for school, seasons, math, and ADL and it contains more than 5 interactive books, a variety of sequences, and lots of vocabulary cards and activities.
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Formulation and comprehension of description clues is the focus of these activities. This is a holiday Guess What type of activity. There are 39 What do You Want? cards, 30 What did You Get cards (some are same items as What…want), and 48 gift
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Are you working with an augmentative communication user who needs to get to know their system better? Or who needs to move from single words to phrases and sentences? Try this bundle of games and activities that covers a wide range of AAC skills and
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If you need activities to keep your emergent communicators talking during the summer, here are calendars for July and August for AAC users and those with minimal verbal skills. Each week day there is a simple activity, with activities from A -
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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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Building Language with Toys is meant to be a starting point for knowing how to use toys to build your child’s language. The ‘old-fashioned,’ pre-technology toys are often some of the best toys for developing language skills, because they are more
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Do you need a game that targets multiple objectives for language? Hop your way through Spring with a fun language game you can tailor to the needs of your students. The full-priced game has 132 cards, which are color coded (with colored bunnies) to
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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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