Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for help with completing a comprehensive AAC evaluation? This resource will provide clinicians with budget-friendly ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices with AAC, language, fine motor, and scanning apps and accessories for AAC
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Higher Education, Staff
Types:
Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations
$15.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on core vocabulary with multiple AAC users? Trying to plan for core words input and acquisition? Keep track of core words to be modeled and those they've learned for each AAC user with this planning and progress book. Contents:Pages
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (3.91 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
Subjects:
Professional Development, Tools for Common Core, Curriculum & Instruction
Grades:
Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let me help you with your students who use AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). I can help you with knowing where to start, and what best practices are. Start by watching my AAC from A-Z videos with tips to help you. In this first video, I
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Staff, Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development, Handouts
FREE
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Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:35
By Susan Berkowitz
The AAC from A to Z series continues with another explainer video; this time about expanding the functions of communication your AAC user can use. This is about moving on beyond simple requesting and/or choice-making, so that your AAC user can say
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Staff, Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development, Handouts
FREE
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:43
By Susan Berkowitz
Here's a time saving reference for writing IEPs and monitoring progress using the standards. For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. We know so
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Teacher Manuals
$5.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who don't know or understand reading strategies, or can't use them without constant reminders? These visual cue cards are perfect for those students who need visual cues to help them remember what strategies they have and can
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Other
$3.00
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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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