Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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You will find in this resource activities for at least 5 days’ shared reading to go with the book for: 1. vocabulary - including vocabulary cards, matching activities, card game ideas, definition matching, define & describe, compare &
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
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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
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The book There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish by Jennifer Ward, offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, sequencing, defining/describing, and more. This is another sequence book along the lines of the Old Lady Who
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This resource is a mega-bundle of >330 pages of AAC core word practice opportunities; including: event simulations (going to a burger restaurant or ice cream parlour, taking a hike through the woods, playing a race car game, going to the pizza
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This activity combines the fun of a typical “I Spy” type of interactive visual activity with the language skills of naming/ describing/ identifying function and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment. Each of the 15
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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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We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
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Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
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Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke is the best book ever for showing students how a story is put together and what story elements are needed. This exciting book walks students through the process of creating each story element. Absolutely
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This is a big money-saving and time-saving bundle of the original 5 sets of my core words books to date (11-2016); perfect for additional practice of core words for your AAC users. There are 5 resources-in-1: • 6 Core Words Books • More Core
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Game cards for speech therapy or special education that work on student skills in describing, defining, comparing, contrasting, and more This is a collection of Spring vocabulary words on 52 (revised 7-16) game cards. You can also use them as task
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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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This is a set of 76 cards with different snow globes that can be used for lots of different language card games, targeting different naming, describing, locating skills. Move students from single word naming or describing with a single modifier to
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &; writing
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Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The Little Red Hen, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading & writing & word work,
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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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Story books provide a good decontextualized practice for teaching vocabulary to AAC users and other Emergent Communicators. Leslie Patricelli has written some board books for young children that illustrate the meanings of some important core
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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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This is an adapted science resource about the water cycle meant for differentiated learning, speech-language therapy, and special education. This resource stresses the vocabulary used to describe the process and the cause-effect(s) and sequence(s)
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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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