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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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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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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Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication disabilities - often have few opportunities to create genuine
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Here are four file folder activities for phonological awareness, Reading Foundation skills in the CCSS; initial and final sounds in words, counting syllables in words, and rhyming words in word families. There are typewriter key letters to copy 2X
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This is a 7 page handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students
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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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AAC users and other emergent writers often need to use alternative pencils. Use of word banks is best practices for creating genuine writing opportunities to these students. These topic boards can be used for several purposes. They can serve as
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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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Do your students need to learn basic vocabulary and language skills? Teaching through storybooks or informational texts builds language skills in contextual activities. This group of activities about the seasons was originally designed to go with
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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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AAC users and other emergent writers often need alternative pencils. Using word banks has been shown in the research to be a good place to start. These topic boards can be used for several purposes. They can serve as communication boards for
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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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This is a set of 66 convenient task cards using pictures and letters to give students practice with changing the initial letter(s) in words and adding a new initial letter to make a new word. This kind of practice will absolutely allow your
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Students who struggle with spelling, including those with dyslexia, often have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words and - more importantly - where those sounds move and change - to create other words. Here are (2) 90 practice word sets,
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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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Emergent writers in special education don't get enough genuine writing activities. While gen ed classes use lots of photos for writing prompts, here is an opportunity for emergent writers to use photos to add captions, titles, speech and thought
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Work on multiple target skills with this fun resource to go with the book, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover," which has activities for vocabulary building, sequencing, negation, phonological awareness/reading foundations skills. In
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Some research indicates that children with expressive/oral language deficits are 4-5 times more likely than peers to have reading & writing problems. One strategy for reading comprehension is connecting text to self; students’ understanding
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &;
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &; writing
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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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