Susan Berkowitz

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If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
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Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication needs - often have few opportunities to create genuine written
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Practice verb tenses in speech therapy or language arts class with this set of action phrase cards. Here are 72 cards to use to practice verb tenses, both regular and irregular. Each card has an action pictured and an initial verb phrase/simple
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AAC users and other emergent writers often need to use alternative pencils. Use of word banks is best practices for creating genuine writing opportunities to these students. These topic boards can be used for several purposes: ☀They can serve as
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Do you work with augmentative communication users who need to work on moving beyond single word responses to more phrases and even sentences? Running out of ideas for ways to practice? This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of
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For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. We know so much about the language basis for reading, that we should bbe providing support in this
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AAC users and other emergent writers often need alternative pencils. Using word banks has been shown in the research to be a good place to start. These topic text boards can be used for several purposes: ⭐ They can serve as communication boards
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Shared reading is a strategy to increase exposure to books, develop language and literacy skills in young children and students who are not yet readers. This packet contains a lot of information about shared reading; including what it is and how to
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Practice with recognizing and using adjectives of color; with completing sentences and reading comprehension for color words as just some of the ways you can use this resource. Students choose the color to complete the sentence; you decide the
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Do your students struggle with phonologixal awareness and beginning words? Some of our earliest reading activities are with word families. Using onset-rime to help students move forward with phonics and phonemic awareness beyond sight words is
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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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If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
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Meet the needs of mixed groups with a single story. Work on multiple language targets with this fun resource built around a Teddy Bear's Picnic; a language-based resource that works on vocabulary, answering Wh questions and following prepositional
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Looking for a fun way to practice listening for initial sounds in words for phonological awareness skills? This is a CCSS Reading Foundation skill, and often an area of deficit for many students with language disorders. Contents: ☂ There are
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Emergent communicators and AAC users do not get sufficient literacy instruction. The 3 resources in this bundle work to build literacy skill through phonological and pyemic awareness. Build CVC and CVCC words with the book Rhyming Dust Bunnies as
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This 2013 back to school resource guide (with some revisions 2015) highlights some great back to school resources for special education and general education teachers and speech pathologists. There is one page of highlighted resources for the
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This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
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This is a FREE picture communication board with core vocabulary for students who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC). Research shows that core words provide students with the most robust and flexible access to words they need for
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Here are 24 pronoun practice cards for working on She, He, Her, Him with students who have difficulty with these. Students fill in the blanks with the correct pronoun. Cards are illustrated with fun graphics.
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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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