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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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 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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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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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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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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This is a multi-page core & fringe vocabulary book. It goes into a 3-ring binder, as shown in the photos, after being printed and laminated. The first 2 pages make up the core vocabulary board that is visible/available at all times. There are
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Improve students' oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills with this collections of story elements pictures, visual cues, and how-to information. This resource includes • Cards for story telling; including • 48
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This is a language building resource for vocabulary and sequences associated with Spring for speech therapy and special education. Newly revised 6-2016 You will find: • Vocabulary picture cards for building receptive & expressive vocabulary
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This is a newly REVISED therapist-created book about African animals, to meet the Common Core requirement for more expository/nonfiction texts in Special Education. 1. Contains a book about 9 different African animals (22pg.) with picture-
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#ChristmasinJuly Sale Item: This is a bundle of three of my categorization resources: Cool language activities: cool language categories • The categories section of the resource has been separated out for this bundle • There are: • 16
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This resource (the handout of an original ppt presentation) will provide clinicians with ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices with AAC, language, fine motor, and scanning apps and accessories for AAC evaluations. The discussion includes
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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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