Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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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 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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Help meet the Common Core State Standards with your speech-language therapy or special education students with the newly revised (10-15) and I'm proved Interactive Notebook for Language Skills. This resource contains the materials and activities
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This is a revised and updated version of the original set of placemats with visual cues, and now includes 3 additional kitchen sorting activities. One of the placemats has just cues for napkin, utensils, and plate for setting the table. It has a
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Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues
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Teach students who use AAC or are minimally verbal how to use core words for communication with these interactive books showing the word in use. This is a bundle of 3 of my sets of interactive core vocabulary teaching books for aac (augmentative
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Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication disabilities - often have few opportunities to create genuine
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This versatile resource contains 12 scenes and more than 150 picture and word cards that can be used in two different ways; for following directions and for practice making sentences. Use it to help students follow spatial directions by giving them
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If you are looking for materials and activities to teach your beginning AAC communicators here is a fantastic bundle of my 6 More Core Words Books and the companion Teach Me 6 More Core Words strategies and activities to teach core words
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This is a bundle of 5 of my products for implementing AAC and increasing communication for users of picture based communication (AAC). There are core word-based picture communication boards and adapted books to teach those first core
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If you need to teach core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users; this resource is for the 2nd half of the Year of Core Words from PrAACticalAAC.org. • There is some background discussion of core vocabulary, prompting methods, and
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These materials about idioms, metaphors, similes, and homophones are meant to be used with the Herman Parrish book Back to School with Amelia Bedelia, which is about Amelia Bedelia's first day of school. As with all Amelia Bedelia books, this one
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Use this resource as a part of your literacy program in your special education class, or with students who need differentiated instruction. Stone Soup is a classic old story with a great moral about sharing. You are going to read this story to your
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A bundle of 7 resources for practicing sequencing communication symbols for AAC users and students with minimal expressive language. More than 225 practice cards plus an additional sentence making activity. There are also communication boards
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This resource is for teaching and practicing understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental and facial cues by using a wordless picture book. Wordless picture books are often used in speech therapy for developing
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This is a fun way for students who use aac or have limited language skills to practice making symbol sentences without the pressure of needing to “get it right.” There are no specific questions, no specific referenced stimuli. The only
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If you want to move your AAC users past 1 word responses and start teaching them how to use 2-word phrases, then this is the next step in my Core Words Books series; putting together 2-word “utterances” with core words. These three books present
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We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
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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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Do you have students who need help with following and giving directions? Need to meet Common Core State Standards for listing and speaking? This following and giving directions bundle is a bundle of my speech and language products that work on
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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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