Susan Berkowitz

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Try this helpful resource for students to learn the meanings of signs they see in the community and on the street. Not only do students need to recognize the signs; they need to comprehend what each sign means and what it means they should do/not
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If you are implementing Core Word teaching for your AAC users, here are activities to teach AAC users to use core vocabulary effectively. The words used are from the PrAACticalAAC blog's Year of Core Words. • There is some background discussion of
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Many students learn language first through the repetition of life routines. The advantages of language that is predictable in scope and sequence and repeated frequently means many opportunities for learning. This categorizing life skills activity
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Have your students use role playing to help prepare them for job interview questions, and answer questions about knowing what to do and what not to do, as well as a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some
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If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
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Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. Language is easily built through these routine tasks, where the vocabulary, sequence, and descriptions are
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Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear boots in the summer and party dresses to the playground, but many children and adults with various
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If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
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This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for: * matching items with their location, function, and associated items, sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
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If you are teaching life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address. There are a variety of different placemats with communication symbols/visual cues at a wide range of complexity. There are
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If you need to teach core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users; this resourceis for you and your students! The resource covers the 2nd half of the Year of Core Words from PrAACticalAAC.org. • There is some background discussion of
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Students with language learning disabilities learn better with visual cues, and with repeated practice. Here are 7 life skills file folder activities for special education classrooms or independent work in speech-language therapy, where students can
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Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues
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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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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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Help your students think through being prepared for the situation or event; which is difficult for some students. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different occasions can be confusing. Being organized enough to
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This activity combines the fun of a typical “I Spy” type of interactive visual activity with the language skills of naming/ describing/ identifying function and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment. Each of the 15
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Teach students vocabulary and tasks for daily living skills in the bathroom. This packet contains: *The 4 bathroom visual scenes have pictures and text/ labels for common items. There are scenes with labels and matching scenes without labels.
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Practice sequencing skills for life skills tasks, for building conversational skills and personal narratives, and for telling and retelling stories. Here are some simple 3 & 4 picture sequences for students to complete. NOW with sentence
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Designed to help you provide engaging activities for AAC implementation, this activity provides practice with early core words. Students who use AAC or have very limited speech practice using core vocabulary while taking an imaginary nature walk
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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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