Susan Berkowitz
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An Adapted U.S. Geography Book, Autism, Special Education 25 pg. book adapted for students who need to use visual cues and/or picture based communication, 2 different communication boards, (20 & 32 symbols) more than 20 pages of vocabulary
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This activity will help students build receptive language and language processing skills. In Describe it to Me; Listening to Directions students have a variety of activities to use their language processing skills to identify objects and people by
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This packet contains materials for use with the Eric Carle book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, picture based
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Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Whether you begin the school year with David and the rules he should live by, or read these books later in
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This is a fun game-like activity for practicing giving and following directions. Students assemble sandwiches with the ingredients provided, placing items on top, under, between each other. Or create more complex directions. Use it 1:1, in small
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This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann McGovern. The materials can, however, stand on their own without the book. There is a clinician-written book that follows parts of the
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This resource gives your student practice with following simple and complex directions. UPDATED: 7-2015 to include more directions cards and added community helpers to put in the town. This pack includes the following materials for manipulating
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This contains a mini science unit book with activities. The 5” sq. book lists and illustrates the 6 properties of living things in 30
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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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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing receptive and expressive language skills. There are 2 different visual scenes and 60 picture stimuli to use to give/follow directions to embellish the scenes. NEW:
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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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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
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#ChristmasinJuly Sale Item. Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving & following directions, as well as comparing & contrasting. They are a fun way for
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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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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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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. In these two game sets, there is great clipart and the scenes are actual photos. There are 3 beach and 3 forest scenes and 4 pages full of picture
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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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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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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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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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