Susan Berkowitz
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Susan Berkowitz
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There are several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for students with significant language difficulties; like autism. Symbols have been changed from PCS to Symbol Stix from News2You. These
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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 small
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This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann McGovern. The materials can, however, stand on their own without the book. There is a clinician-written book that follows parts of the
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In this resource you will find 13 communication boards for your aac users. These are activity based boards, using core words and some fringe vocabulary. There is a combination of 20-location and 32-location boards. These boards use Symbol Stix,
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This resource gives your student practice with following simple and complex directions. UPDATED: 7-2015 to include more directions cards and added community helpers to put in the town. This pack includes the following materials for manipulating
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This contains a mini science unit book with activities. The 5” sq. book lists and illustrates the 6 properties of living things in 30
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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#ChristmasinJuly Sale Item. Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving & following directions, as well as comparing & contrasting. They are a fun way for
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Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This is a colorful set of 36 pages to be bound into a book or individual cards to use for practice using descriptor + object phrases. Large stimulus pictures
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Here are 6 - 7 (NOW REVISED) life skills file folder activities for special education classroom; including: The first 2 activities are preparatory for finding items on a grocery shopping trip. The next activity is a basic coin recognition
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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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