Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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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
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Activities, Games
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
Digital Download PDF (0.97 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This simple book provides opportunities to practice verb tense and noun derivatives in intervention, or in a classroom. Multiple language targets for multi-level and/or different groups are provided.Inside this resource for language development you
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let this free resource be a part of your intervention for vocabulary and semantic relationships. Students with vocabulary deficits have significant difficulty with reading comprehension. Help your students increase their skills with this free
Vocabulary, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
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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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