Susan Berkowitz

United States - California - san diego
Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read.
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This resource is for you if you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for
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This is a 7 page handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students
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This convenient pack of posters and cards makes it easy for you to teach and remind students of the basic story elements and how to uncover the clues in the text that tell them what they need to know. Understanding the basic story elements common to
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Teach story elements using classic tales - fairy tales. This is the 2nd fairy tale for language development product I've posted. Guided reading and language-based activities help students to develop the concepts of story elements and increase
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Do you have students who don't know or understand reading strategies, or can't use them without constant reminders? These visual cue cards are perfect for those students who need visual cues to help them remember what strategies they have and can
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This is a collection of graphic organizers to be used with any story or book you or your students read. There are 4 graphic organizers for characters; including 1 basic character web, one statement of facts about a character, one analysis of what
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Remind your students to use these reading strategies for comprehension; including questions for making connections, making prediction, asking questions, understanding, summarizing, and visualizing. Give each of your students a bookmark with these
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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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