Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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This resource provides lots of fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in
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Here are 5 picture communication boards that can be used with generic card games, and some specific games; such as Trouble, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders, and Candy Land. The boards are 32 location and use a combination of core vocabulary and some
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Wh-question can be very difficult to teach to kids with significant language disorders, but this bundle of Wh-question resources will help solve your problems. Included are my signature program to teach Wh-questions, and a bundle of more Wh-question
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Using storybooks in speech and language therapy allows us to target meaningful vocabulary and language objectives within the context of literature and well-constructed narratives. This book, "They All Saw A CAT" is great for building descriptive
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This is a fun activity for your augmentative communication users or other minimally verbal students can practice making phrases and sentences using core words. There are: • 20 dice, each with 6 core words (and 1 or 2 fringe words), • plus 1 die
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If you are teaching your AAC (augmentative-alternative communication) users core vocabulary, then these 3 core words books - each of which focuses on negation in a phrase - are just what you need to expand their language. Check out each listing
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Making inferences is the art of making good guesses based on the evidence or information you have/have been given. Some things we learn or are shown first hand. A picture of a pig on a farm tells us there is a pig on this farm. Out first-hand
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Work on multiple target skills with this fun resource to go with the book, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover," which has activities for vocabulary building, sequencing, negation, phonological awareness/reading foundations skills. Great
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We want our AAC users to have a robust vocabulary; to be able to access the curriculum, engage with others, interact with peers and adults. But we don't all have the tools and knowledge to teach them. Let me help you with your AAC practice. In
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Being able to sequence the series of events and actions in a story and retell the story are crucial language skills for academic success. The activities for these 4 books will give you many opportunities to build language skills for vocabulary,
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Whether it's a new school year or just refresher time, help students expand their expressive language skills for school based language with understanding rules, telling about themselves, and learning school vocabulary. This bundle contains: • An
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Use the pictures on these story dice as visual prompts to help kids formulate short stories. Make them funny, sad, mysterious or more. These 30 dice, each with 6 choices to roll for answering Who, did What, When, and Where, as well as dice for
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Do you need a game that targets multiple objectives for language? Hop your way through Spring with a fun language game you can tailor to the needs of your students. The full-priced game has 132 cards, which are color coded (with colored bunnies) to
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Answering Wh-questions is often very difficult for students with language disorder; especially students with Autism. In this free, fun resource,there are: • 2 game board pages. You can use one at a time, or put them inside a file folder and have a
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This resource provides lots of possibilities for helping students of all Elementary grades develop more complex narrative structures and move from simple sentences to complex story episodes. This is a free sample of my Time to Tell Stories story
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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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