Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read.
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This is the best way to teach how to answer Wh-questions that you will find, because of its unique process of beginning not with lists of questions to answer, but with teaching what kind of word answers which kind of question.After years of parents
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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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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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Are you stuck with core words implementation? This resource will help you work AAC implementation into your curriculum. With an explanation of core words, and interactive books for teaching, this is a great place to start. Research tells us to focus
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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. Not only do students need to recognize the signs; they need to comprehend what each sign means and what it means they should do/not
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If you are implementing Core Word teaching for your AAC users, here are activities 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
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Many students learn language first through the repetition of life routines. The advantages of language that is predictable in scope and sequence and repeated frequently means many opportunities for learning. This categorizing life skills activity
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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
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Help students build receptive language and language processing skills with Describe it to Me. In Listening to Directions students use their language processing skills to identify objects and people given descriptive clues. There are a variety of
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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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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
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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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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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Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them.Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's
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Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and more! This resource builds language and literacy skills with “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. In this resource you will
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Bring informational texrt to your students with special needs. Learn about U.S. geography; including major landmarks, geographical locations, and famous places which are covered with great visuals and easy to understand text. in this adapted and
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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
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This collection of social situations and problems will help you move your students through understanding of social cues, social language, and social interaction skills. For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this
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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
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
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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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