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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for AAC core word implementation activities for speech therapy to teach the first 40 core words used in the Developmental Learning Maps core? These engaging materials and inclusive activities will teach your AAC users early core words in a
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$37.50
266
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need an evidence based way to teach students how to answer Wh questions in speech therapy? This activity has been based on years of experience and research and uses a unique process of beginning not with lists of Who, what, doing, When and Where
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$15.00
214
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you struggle to come up with activities to teach AAC users core words in genuine communication contexts? Here is a set of games and activities to teach the first 6 months’ of core vocabulary words from the PrAACticalAAC.com blog’s Year of Core
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$12.50
103
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support augmentative communicators with core words in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups. Support nonverbal or minimally verbal students. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to get started with implementation now!Containing
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$91.25
$73.00
41
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need to learn what community signs actually mean? Teaching them to identify safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.Most programs only teach sign or symbol discrimination but
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
118
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By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol sentence practice for AAC users will de-streess your planning time. Made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using phrases and sentences are here for you. For students who need additional practice making
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1d, L.1.1f, CCRA.L.1
$18.50
$16.50
37
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By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find core words therapy materials to help your AAC users build their core vocabulary use? These interactive books focus on use of early core words: go, again, all done, stop, more, and no; 6 of the first 25 core words.Each
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$14.00
127
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need differentiation strategies for your classroom? Do you have students included in your classroom that you need to support? This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
$5.50
85
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning AAC communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and core
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$10.00
48
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into one
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$52.00
$41.60
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background information about modeling, core words, partner strategies, and specific plans for modeling 41 core words. You will find:Intro to AAC p.
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$13.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting early AAC communicators, this is a bundle of 5 of my interactive books and core based boards, for implementing AAC and increasing communication for users of picture based communication (AAC). There are core word-based picture
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$59.00
$46.75
17
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$4.00
63
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Parents
$16.50
35
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 to add to your curriculum for teaching beginning aac users how to
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.00
20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users with this resource. Model and practice core words each month with interactive activity simulations. The resource covers the 2nd half of the Year of Core Words from PrAACticalAAC.org.•
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$16.00
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
This describing bundle covers descriptions and definitions, words for showing about and telling about with use of visual cues, and is flexible enough to work with a variety of students with multiple targets. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Graphic Organizers
$19.50
$15.60
34
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
While activity-based communication boards should never be a student's primary AAC system, they can be useful in specific areas or activities in classrooms. In this resource you will find 16 communication boards for your aac users. These are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Printables
$14.00
44
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By Susan Berkowitz
Life skills activities are a great way to support students in speech therapy who need language support in their daily lives. Many students learn language during the repetition of routines. Use this activity to help students identify familiar items
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.25
84
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students who are severely physically impaired, use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't move any other part of their body.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$6.75
44
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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.

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 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.

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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