Susan Berkowitz
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Susan Berkowitz
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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. In the past 35 years I have worked with a number of classes of high school students
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This categorizing life skills activity can be used with students who need to identify items by location, by function, or by association. • 5 rooms are provided: living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen. • A wide variety of furniture
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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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Here are materials to teach AAC users to use core vocabulary effectively. The words used are from the PrAACticalAAC blog's Year of Core Words. • There is some background discussion of core vocabulary, prompting methods, and Aided Language
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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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Here are task cards for role playing interview questions, cards for knowing what to do and what not to do, and a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some for motor and vision). These have been used with
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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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For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this is a collection of visuals that present more than 50 opportunities to identify feelings, practice what to say, determine what/how someone might be thinking or what they
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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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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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Answering Wh-questions is a very difficult skill for many children with significant language disorders and complex communication needs to master. While I am a firm believer in my “Program to Teach Wh-Questions” resource found here, some children
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Help your students learn and practice how to ask Wh- questions. This resource gives students practice in answering Who, What, When, and Where questions. There are 60 action pictures, a color-coded game board and 2 spinners. Students practice asking
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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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Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This is a colorful set of 36 pages to be bound into a book or individual cards to use for practice using descriptor + object phrases. Large stimulus pictures
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Answering What if questions is difficult for many students with language disorders. Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Answering What if? questions can be particularly difficult; much more so
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There are 6 fall scenes to use as the backgrounds and more than 40 pictures of objects and people to use to set into the scenes. Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of
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Practice sequencing symbols into phrases for aac users and those with limited language skills This set focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 40 practice action pictures. I have often had students who needed additional practice making phrases
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This is a bundle of three previous resources that is a ZIP file. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click here There are 2 versions of each of 10 scenes. Some sample questions are provided Students can describe one or both scenes. Students can compare
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This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for: * matching items with their location, function, and associated items, sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
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Answering Wh-questions is particularly difficult for some students with language disorders. Often the confusion comes with not knowing which kind of word answers what type of questions. This is the focus of my Wh-Question Program here and my app;
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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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