Susan Berkowitz

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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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Do you need more phrase and sentence practice for AAC users? Here is the answer for your speech therapy intervention time. For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice,
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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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Let this resource help your students who need to build skills for following and giving directions. If you need to meet Common Core State Standards for listing and speaking with your students with language disorders this bundle of resources can help
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Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. In my first set of 6 Core Word Books, I focused on Go, Again, All
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Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
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Storybooks can be used to build language skills for all students, even - or especially - those who cannot speak. This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "No," one of the beginning core words used by
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These fun BINGO cards for teaching verbs can add some fun to your language lessons. Students with significant language disorders often struggle to understand parts of speech, so let this fun resource help you get them motivated to learn. This is a
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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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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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Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
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Do you have Spanish language AAC users on your caseload, but have a hard time finding bilingual resources for them? This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. There is a set of 3 boards that
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Give your students practice constructing sentences. There are 15 color coded word cards per page and 1 1/2 pages pronouns 4 noun pages 3 adjective pages 3 pages articles/conjunctions/prepositions/adverbs 6 1/2 verb pages
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Storybooks are a great way to work on language skills; sespecially vocabulary and story grammar. The sequencing style of books (i.e. There was an old lady who...") are great for sequencing, talking abut fact v. fiction, and describing. This
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Do your students have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this resource to help teach students what is
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Many students with language disorders have difficulty answering Wh- Questions. This resource contains a variety of different Bingo-style cards to use for practice with answering Wh-questions. There are: • 5 different green Bingo cards for (39) What
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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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Understanding categorization of vocabulary is essential in teaching semantic relationships, and is a skill worked on in speech-language therapy frequently. This bundle of three of my categorization resources provides lots of practice for basic
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If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. In fact, this whole line of resources is for you. Here is practice for AAC users or beginning communicators just starting to use 2-word phrases. • 32 cards
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Do you have students who have difficulty with listening skills and sequencing skills? Many students with language disorders have difficulty with both of these skills. Learning the order of things is essential to many further language skills;
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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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