Susan Berkowitz
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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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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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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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There are 6 fall scenes to use as the backgrounds and more than 40 pictures of objects and people to use to set into the scenes. Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. In these two game sets, there is great clipart and the scenes are actual photos. There are 3 beach and 3 forest scenes and 4 pages full of picture
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This is a bundle of three previous resources that is a ZIP file. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click here There are 2 versions of each of 10 scenes. Some sample questions are provided Students can describe one or both scenes. Students can compare
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Practice sequencing symbols into phrases for aac users and those with limited language skills This set focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 40 practice action pictures. I have often had students who needed additional practice making phrases
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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 resource provides you with file folder activities and games for: * matching items with their location, function, and associated items, sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
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This REVISED (6-2016) pack contains a therapist-written informational text about the weather, for meeting CCSS for more informational text in special education. There are three leveled versions included with different levels of language and
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You will find in this resource activities for at least 5 days’ shared reading to go with the book for: 1. vocabulary - including vocabulary cards, matching activities, card game ideas, definition matching, define & describe, compare &
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Answering Wh-questions is particularly difficult for some students with language disorders. Often the confusion comes with not knowing which kind of word answers what type of questions. This is the focus of my Wh-Question Program here and my
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This is a set of more than 300 cards that can be used as task cards in a classroom or intervention setting, or as game cards in a therapy setting or language center. The cards use Symbol Stix graphics familiar to special education classrooms.
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This REVISED (9-2015) resource contains 9 different categorization activities, each with a colorful categorization scene or chart, and images to sort. There is an additional worksheet for category exclusion. This is a good activity for
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This newly revised resource contains activities for use with the book "Strega Nona" with children who need visual supports, language scaffolding, picture based communication and similar differentiated needs. It can be used in general ed and
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
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Get instant help with core vocabulary intervention for emerging communicators, AAC users, students with complex communication needs.This is the 3rd set of core word interactive books for teaching beginning aac users how to use core words to
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Work on social language skills related to using the telephone. While the prevalence of cell phones and voice mail has decreased our use of landlines and message-taking, it is still important for students with social and functional language deficits
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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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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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