Susan Berkowitz

United States - California - san diego
Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read.
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Students with language disorders can have difficulty with formulating explanations or telling what to do. This is a set of 180 game cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and
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Have your students use role playing to help prepare them for job interview questions, and answer questions about knowing what to do and what not to do, as well as a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some
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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. Language is easily built through these routine tasks, where the vocabulary, sequence, and descriptions are
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Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
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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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AAC implementation resources to the rescue! Don't search for structured aac phrases and sentences practice. They are here! This is the 3rd set for phrase practice for aac users or those with limited language. • focus on pronoun + verb + object
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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 than the standard Wh-questions. Understanding of cause and effect even with fairly
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This is a combined set of game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems, discussing
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The solution for your hunt for adapted materials for biographies amd imformational texts is right here! This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The biographies are supplies with two different levels of
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If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
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In order to make Special Education more robust we adapt content from the curriculum to meet their unique needs. For students with limited communication skills, this might mean adapting content area materials to provide symbol support for reading or
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Students in Special Education and many of those in general education who have language disorders are all needing to step up to access general education curriculum. For these students we need to make modifications and adaptations so that the material
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This is an adapted biography written with Picture It software with picture assisted text. There are 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures and 1 text only), a report template and a graphic organizer. I have 9 adapted
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Celebrate Women in History Month with your special education/speech-language therapy caseload with picture assisted text. This is an adapted biography of Clara Barton, with 2 levels of picture assisted text. There are comprehension questions,
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This is an adapted biography of Shirley Temple Black for Women's History Month, made with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are also 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures and 1 with text only), a
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Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
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This is a super resource for parents, SLPs, and teachers. 52 jam-packed pages from 6 of TPT's most fun speech-language pathologists. There are activities for every day of the summer to keep students practicing their language, pragmatic,
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I have been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years, before which I worked with 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.


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.


I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national and international conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 16 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. And have recently written a book about AAC implementation for parents, teachers, and SLPs. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.


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.


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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