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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For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this is a collection of visuals that present more than 50 opportunities to identify feelings, practice what to say, determine what/how someone might be thinking or what they
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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 13 communication boards for your aac users. These are
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This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for students with significant language difficulties; like autism. If your students need visual cues to help them tell or
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This resource contains fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in the
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Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
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Adapting core curriculum for Special Education? Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning. This
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Answering Wh-questions is a very difficult skill for many children with significant language disorders and complex communication needs to master. While I am a firm believer in my “Program to Teach Wh-Questions” resource found here, some children
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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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This is a set of 6-location picture communication boards for eye gaze users. This has been revised to us Symbol Stix from News2You. There are 4 core word boards, plus 1 for “something’s wrong,” a game topic board, a t.v. watching topic board, and a
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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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This set for symbol sequencing practice for aac users or those with limited language skills focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 30 practice action pictures. There are bonus pages also, with 10 pronoun + auxiliary verb has + object. That
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Address CCSS for Language, Speaking & Listening with this resource that addresses answering Wh-Questions in paragraphs, sequencing actions and events, and building or completing simple sentences. There are 36 simple paragraphs (3-4 sentences)
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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 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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AAC users don't always get enough practice with producing sentences in every day use. Here is another great resource for practicing sentences using communication symbols. This can be used with AAC users, with students needing syntax practice, with a
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Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work
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This is revision of the original four pages of communication pictures, which I use for some older boys who need reminders of what they can and can't say to people when in the community This revision now contains 13 useful pages (not counting cover
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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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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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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 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 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 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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