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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If you need to meet the needs of beginning AAC users and are confused about how to start, these resources are for you! Let me help you with information about core words, research, and materials. This is a big money-saving and time-saving bundle
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One of the key language skills that students need for academic and social success is an understanding of the elements and parts to a story. Story grammar is a part of understanding every storybook, historical events, and most conversations.
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &; writing
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As clinicians we struggle to provide sufficient structured opportunities for AAC users to practice. This set of resources helps you do just that! This bundle of 5 combined resources is for practicing sequencing communication symbols in speech
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This is a bundle of 7 of my adapted informational science texts for special education students with limited language skills, to meet the Common Core State Standards' call for more informational texts in special education. These are all science
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Are you working on building language and literacy skills with your special needs students, but struggling with hitting all the bases? Then this group of resources is for you. Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading and writing
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This vocabulary bundle for speech-language therapy, Special Education, and Autism, covers concepts and words for school places and activities, seasons, math, and activities of daily living. It contains more than 5 interactive books, a variety of
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Need to meet standards in reading and language with your students with language disorders? Having a hard time finding relevant resources? Look no further! This series of language-based activities will definitely cover all bases. Incorporate guided
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If you are supporting AAC users and looking for curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into one
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Being able to sequence the series of events and actions in a story and retell the story are crucial language skills for academic success. The activities for these 4 books will give you many opportunities to build language skills for vocabulary,
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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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