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 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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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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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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More communication symbol phrase and sentence practice for AAC users, speech therapy, and special education. For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they
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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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This is a group of BINGO cards featuring 48 different verbs using Symbol Stix. There are 5 different cards with the first 24 verbs, 5 with the second group of verbs and 5 that mix all 48 verbs. Good for kids with autism, for speech therapy, for
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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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This pack works with The Fisherman and His Wife, by the Brothers Grimm (no copyright problems). It uses the story to build language skills. The information in the intro includes a hierarchy of questions to ask during reading and behavior
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Do you have students who blurt out the wrong thing to say in a situation, or who need support with finding nice things to say to someone? Pragmatic language difficulties are tough for our kids with significant language issues, and/or autism. This
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This resource is a mega-bundle of >330 pages of AAC core word practice opportunities; including: • event simulations (going to a burger restaurant or ice cream parlour, taking a hike through the woods, playing a race car game, going to the
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This is a 7 page handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students
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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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A modified biography of Rosa Parks with picture supported text using Picture It, comprehension questions, 8 picture vocabulary cards, picture based story report, picture communication board using PCS, phonological awareness tasks (initial sound
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Here are four file folder activities for phonological awareness; the Reading Foundation skills in the CCSS; including initial and final sounds in words, counting syllables in words, and rhyming words in word families. Phonological awareness skills
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Provide vocabulary practice for school words with these language-building activities, as well as some related skills. The book, “I’m Your Bus” by Marilyn Singer is used as a jumping off point for learning about the words associated with going to
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This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. There is a set of 3 boards that progress from 9 to 26 core words, with spaces for additional words to be glued in if you want, as well as a different set
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This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "No," one of the beginning core words used by toddlers, early/emerging communicators, beginning AAC users. The materials to go with the book include: * a
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Here is practice for AAC users or beginning communicators just starting to use 2-word phrases. 32 cards showing kids in action offer a choice of two pronouns (he and she) and 2 verbs for students to use to "Tell about the picture." Basic
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Some children - especially those with certain disabilities; like language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome - have difficulty with identifying how they feel in certain social situations, reacting appropriately to those
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A bundle of communication symbol sentence practice for AAC users, speech therapy, and special education. For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they get
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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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