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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This is a set of 180 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 with
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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. This resource can help provide additional decontextualized practice in identifying what to do, what not to do, and
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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 is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource is similar to my original Life Skills: Solving Problems and Answering
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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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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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Here are materials to be used to teach students with autism, language learning disabilities, complex communication needs how to participate in Show and Tell (Sharing) activities, and how to create definitions and descriptions to use in this activity
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This is the 3rd set for communication symbol phrase practice for aac users or those with limited language, focusing on pronoun + verb + object sequences, with 40 practice action pictures. In the classroom or other contexts, provide lots of
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A modified biography of Rosa Parks with picture supported text using Picture It, comprehension questions, 8 picture vocabulary cards, picture based story report, picture communication board using PCS, phonological awareness tasks (initial sound
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There are 5 books - one for each of the senses, using picture supports from Symbol Stix. Each book comes with teacher instructions, with before and after reading discussion and activities. There is a communication board specific to some activities
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Another barrier games set for building receptive and expressive language skills in speech therapy or classrooms. (Revised 3-15) There are: 2 haunted house scenes, 3 spooky backgrounds in both color & b/w, and one additional spooky photo scene to
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This activity pack for Martin Luther King Day is for students with special needs, those who need picture supported text, or who need pictures to communicate. There is a 7 page paper about Dr. King followed by comprehension questions, a picture
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This Making Predictions Bundle contains my What If...? game and What Will Happen? What Do I Do? resources. Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Answering What if? questions can be particularly
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Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Here is a resource that includes: an 18 page clinician written book about rocks that includes information, pictures, and some
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Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This pack contains • a therapist-written book about animals (17 of them) arranged by color. • Each page has a photograph of the animal and important
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This is a file of adapted materials for differentiated learning/special education for the book "How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world" You will find suggested shared reading plans for 5 days, and accompanying before and after reading
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Meet the CCSS requirement for informational text in Special Education with this clinician written 17 page book about bats with a lot of facts. This book can be used in general education elementary classes and special education middle school or
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This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abe Lincoln and George Washington. They were created with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are symbol assisted activities; including comprehension questions (multiple choice and
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This packet of materials includes a short biography of Lincoln and comprehension questions with picture supported text (using Picture It software), supporting activities that address fundamental reading skills of the Common Core (initial sounds,
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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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