Susan Berkowitz

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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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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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This game provides some excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills. So many of our students with language disorders have a difficult time with finding or formulating the right language for the
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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 activity pack for Martin Luther King Day is for students with special needs, those who need picture supported text, or who need pictures to communicate. There is a biography about Dr. King, with 2 levels of picture supported text →
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If you're looking for a resource that will go beyond practicing simple, common categories, to include categorization by describing words (adjectives), then try this. Use a summer flower theme for lots of vocabulary fun! Contains: ❀ 24 flower
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I have the solution to your hunt for adapted curriculum for students with language disorders. This adapted biography with picture supported text comes in 2 levels of picture support for differentiation within your group. This packet of materials
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This is a summer-themed language pack containing materials for vocabulary, giving and following directions, describing and formulating other expressive language, sequencing, phonological awareness, categorizing, counting and subtracting. ** It has
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The solution for your hunt for adapted materials for biographies amd imformational texts is right here! This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The biographies are supplies with two different levels of
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Head back to school with this fun book that can serve as a lead-in to students talking and writing about their own vacations, and/or as a precursor to talking about Tall Tales, exaggeration, make-believe, truth vs made-up, imagination. ☀ There are
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Here are activities to keep your kids giving and following directions all the way through those winter months. There are: 2 barrier games, 1 build-a-snowman game, 3 coloring by direction pages & 3 pages of directions, and 1 game and
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Do you need more resources for working on prepositions? Try this in your toolbox. Teaching prepositions to students with language disorders or delays can be difficult and repetitious. In this resource, practice prepositional phrases and sentences
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This is an abbreviated biography of Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall to be used for History or Black History Month or biography reading. Picture supported text provided by Picture It software from Suncastle Technology (licensing fee paid). Picture
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Earth Day is when we tend to focus on recycling and Earth conservation, but our students should be recycling and taking care of our Earth all of the time. Teach students how to recycle properly by using the easy-to-assemble boxes to sort paper,
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Try this great resource for your students who need adapted materials for holidays and informational texts. This brief biography with picture-supported text can help you teach students with language disorders about our first President. There are 2
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Looking for materials to teach about Martin Luther King Day in speech therapy or special education? My Martin Luther King Day Bundle for Special Education includes: an adapted biography with picture assisted text, comprehension questions,
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Great for speech-language therapy or differentiated instruction, here are language activities for the Max and Mo book Let's Build a Snowman by Patricia Lakin. Find lesson plans for 5 different sessions, for comparative describing words, sequencing,
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This is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream..." speech adapted to picture communication symbols for special education students. The text has been simplified and adapted using Symbol Stix for students who are minimally verbal, nonverbal, have
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Here is another practice resource for your implementation for AAC (augmentative communication) users or students with limited expressive language; this time featuring more complex sentences - those with adjectives and prepositions. The theme is
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For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they get in natural contexts, this resource goes beyond phrases to complete basic sentences. Here is another
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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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