Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
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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 is a generic calendar month with 35 ideas (1 per day) to keep kids using language during the summer break. Each day has a language task for students to formulate language - either verbally or with their aac (augmentative-alternative
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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 is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system. The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
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Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
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This is a super resource for parents, SLPs, and teachers. 52 jam-packed pages from 6 of TPT's most fun speech-language pathologists. There are activities for every day of the summer to keep students practicing their language, pragmatic,
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This 3 page handout provides some basic useful strategies partners (teachers, parents, and SLPs) can use to encourage and increase communication skills and aac use in students who are learning to communicate with aac. Check out the AAC Custom
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If you need activities to keep your emergent communicators talking during the summer, here are calendars for July and August for AAC users and those with minimal verbal skills. Each week day there is a simple activity, with activities from A -
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Enjoy this free resource that provides direction and ideas for implementing AAC at the beach this summer - or any time. School is out and summer fun is in. Your AAC user might not be getting the same level of intervention during the summer as
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Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words. More experienced AAC users need continued Aided Input (AI), scaffolding to support expanded utterances, support for a variety of
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Let me help you with your students who use AAC (augmentative-alternative communication). I can help you with knowing where to start, and what best practices are. Start by watching my AAC from A-Z videos with tips to help you. In this first video, I
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Building Language with Toys is meant to be a starting point for knowing how to use toys to build your child’s language. The ‘old-fashioned,’ pre-technology toys are often some of the best toys for developing language skills, because they are more
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The AAC from A to Z series continues with another explainer video; this time about expanding the functions of communication your AAC user can use. This is about moving on beyond simple requesting and/or choice-making, so that your AAC user can say
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Low-tech options for AAC can include paper-based communication boards and books. In general, communication boards lack the robust vocabulary an AAC user needs; particularly when they offer no way to talk about something that is not specific to that
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If you are new to AAC, then this series of free explainer videos is a great first step to take. Let me help you learn what you need to know, as well as, provide the materials with which to do so. From free resources to big money-saving bundles, I
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If you are relatively new to the field of AAC and need to start supporting students who use it, this video explainer series is for you! Learn about crucial steps in implementation and explanations of terms and processes. This video is about CVI -
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If you are relatively new to the field of AAC, but now have some students to support who use or need it, then this series of free explainer videos is for you! I will teach you about crucial strategies, special populations, and implementation;
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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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