Susan Berkowitz
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Use of core vocabulary words has been shown to provide AAC users with the vocabulary they need to serve most of their communication needs. The researchers who’ve developed the Developmental Learning Maps (DLM ) have identified a basic core of 40
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
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Get instant help with core vocabulary intervention for emerging communicators, AAC users, students with complex communication needs.This is the 3rd set of core word interactive books for teaching beginning aac users how to use core words to
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Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
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This is a fun way for students who use aac or have limited language skills to practice making symbol sentences without the pressure of needing to “get it right.” There are no specific questions, no specific referenced stimuli. The only
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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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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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If you work with mixed groups in speech-language therapy, you need to be able to target multiple goals at once. These game cards for language are perfect for customizing the target skills within a single game. Here are: • 33 multiple choice cards
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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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Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
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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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This is a fun activity for your augmentative communication users or other minimally verbal students can practice making phrases and sentences using core words. There are: • 20 dice, each with 6 core words (and 1 or 2 fringe words), • plus 1 die
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Many students with language disorders have difficulty answering Wh- Questions. This resource contains a variety of different Bingo-style cards to use for practice with answering Wh-questions. There are: • 5 different green Bingo cards for (39) What
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Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your groups 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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Many words in English language have more than 1 meaning. For some students with severe language disorders, the ability to learn a limited number of vocabulary words for a larger number of contexts is an advantage. For others with less severe
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Help students with formulation skills for describing, locating, and naming with these fun and strategic picture prompts. The picture prompts for the 40 pictures are “Tell me about…” Scaffold student learning to use descriptive and locative
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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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If you have augmentative communication users on your speech therapy caseload or in your classroom, and you need to practice expanding their 'utterance,' then this is a fun activity for you to use to build 2-word or longer phrases. Core Word Roll
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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 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 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 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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