Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background information about modeling, core words, partner strategies, and specific plans for modeling 41 core words. You will find:Intro to AAC p.
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Classroom Forms, For Parents
$13.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Developing narrative skills in our students is critical for their academic and social success. This Professional Development handout discusses types of narratives, why they are important to develop explicitly in students who are AAC users, and how
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Professional Documents
$4.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 8 activity-based picture communication boards for summer for your AAC users. AAC users all need a robust AAC system, but having core word based activity boards can be useful when engaging in specific activities.There are 6 boards with 32
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
SL.K.1, SL.K.1b, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, L.K.1b, L.K.5c
$7.25
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a presentation in handout format for special education teachers and speech-language pathologists on the topic of using iPads for augmentative communication and literacy learning in special education classrooms - particularly those for
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
$11.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a 4 page document (revised 11-14) that talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken beliefs that often prevent students from receiving the services and
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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,
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, EBooks, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free 4-page handout that talks about how we can best write IEP objectives for aac users and how to measure genuine communication - rather than arbitrary quantitative responses. I have lots of AAC resources in my store, both FREE and paid.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students in special education who are just developing - or have not developed any - literacy skills, shared reading is an essential classroom tool for increasing background knowledge, providing access to texts, and increasing important language
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Early Intervention
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Handouts, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 -
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Staff, Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, For Parents, Professional Development
FREE
3
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:35
By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting or or providing intervention to an augmentative alternative communication user, knowing the important steps in creating a useful system and a competent communicator is key. Core words are the words we use the most to generate
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Handouts, Professional Development
FREE
2
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:35
By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Staff, Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, For Parents, Professional Development
FREE
Video & Supporting Document
Duration: 02:43
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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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