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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Here are 6 therapist written interactive books illustrating how to use 6 of the 25 early core words for AAC users who are beginning communicators. Each book tells about 1 of the words, in 12-18 pages, using a combination of clip art and Symbol
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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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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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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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Teach core vocabulary use in speech therapy or special education to AAC users with 4 more therapist written interactive books illustrating 12 more of the early core vocabulary words. Give your emerging communicators more practice with core words
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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 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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Address CCSS for Language, Speaking & Listening with this resource that addresses answering Wh-Questions in paragraphs, sequencing actions and events, and building or completing simple sentences. There are 36 simple paragraphs (3-4 sentences)
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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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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 are 6 - 7 (NOW REVISED) life skills file folder activities for special education classroom; including: The first 2 activities are preparatory for finding items on a grocery shopping trip. The next activity is a basic coin recognition
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Do your students have difficulty knowing the right thing to say? Do they have trouble connecting what people are saying to their facial expressions and body language? Can they read the mis-match between one person’s speech and another’s expression?
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While many students are reluctant writers, for students with language and reading disorders writing is even more painful. These students need to experience success with genuine writing activities, rather than receive writing assignments back from
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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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