Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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By Susan Berkowitz
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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Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 "more," one of the beginning core words used by
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Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students who need to build vocabulary for colors? Students have fun following Bear through the forest seeing all the colors. On each color spread, help children find and name the colors. ☀ Answer the Wh questions in the 10 page
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Vocabulary, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
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By Susan Berkowitz
Welcome to On the Farm, a unit full of vocabulary and language for young children in speech therapy or special education, or at-risk programs. Fun for any young child. You will find: * clinician-created interactive books for vocabulary words and
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Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
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By Susan Berkowitz
In this rhyming resource you will find materials you can use as a companion to the book Frog on a Log?, but they can be used without the book, as well, in your phonological awareness tool kit: • Picture cards (36 total) with rhyming pairs can be
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Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are two picture communication boards for Hanukkah and Christmas for your students who use augmentative communication. These 32-location picture communication boards use Symbol Stix (like most of the aac apps and devices). Let your
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Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
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For students in special education who are just developing - or have not developed any - literacy skills, shared reading is an essential classroom tool for increasing background knowledge, providing access to texts, and increasing important language
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English Language Arts, Special Education, Early Intervention
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

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.

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 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.

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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