Susan Berkowitz

United States - California - Escondido
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If you're adapting your curriculum to meet the needs of special education students in your classroom, you need differentiation strategies. If you have students included in your classroom that you need to support with adapted curriculum this how-to
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Not Grade Specific
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need visual cues and language activities for following the rules? Rules are important in all settings and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
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By Susan Berkowitz
Want to combine teaching core words and teaching about acceptable behaviors? In the context of what students should and should not do, teach core words Yes and No, with or without Leslie Patricelli's book "Yes Yes No No."Using books is a great way
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Activities, Printables, Games
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a No Print resource with a focus on helping students identify signs of good and bad choices in social situations. There are 60 slides picturing appropriate and inappropriate behaviors.At the simplest level, students answer the question, "Is
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
PreK, 8th, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
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I have been a speech-language pathologist for 40 years, before which I worked with 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.


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.


I have had research papers published in peer review professional journals, and have presented at numerous national and international conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 16 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. And have recently written a book about AAC implementation for parents, teachers, and SLPs. My blog has been named one of the top 5 AAC blogs, one of the top100 Language blogs and top 100 speech therapy blogs.


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.


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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