Susan Berkowitz

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Help students build receptive language and language processing skills with Describe it to Me. In Listening to Directions students use their language processing skills to identify objects and people given descriptive clues. There are a variety of
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
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This resource is for you if you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for
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Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
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While we know that teaching AAC in natural contexts is most important, we also know that often our students need additional structured practice. Don't know what to do in therapy sessions? Here is a solution for you to give students more
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Address CCSS for Language, Speaking and Listening with this resource that addresses answering Wh-Questions in paragraphs, sequencing actions and events, and building or completing simple sentences. There are 36 simple paragraphs (3-4 sentences)
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Do you struggle with providing the 200 opportunities per day AAC users need? AAC users don't always get enough practice with producing sentences in every day use. Here is another great resource for practicing sentences using communication
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Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
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Answering Wh-questions is particularly difficult for some students with language disorders. Often the confusion comes with not knowing which kind of word answers what type of questions. This is the focus of my Wh-Question Program here and my
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If you need more structured practice with your AAC users, then this resource is for you. Practice sequencing symbols into phrases for aac users and those with limited language skills This set focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 40 practice
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Improve students' oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills with this collections of story elements pictures, visual cues, and how-to information. These materials offer lots and lots of practice for students at all levels of
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While many students are reluctant writers, for students with language and reading disorders writing is even more painful. These students need to experience success with genuine writing activities, rather than receive writing assignments back from
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AAC implementation resources to the rescue! Don't search for structured aac phrases and sentences practice. They are here! This is the 3rd set for phrase practice for aac users or those with limited language. • focus on pronoun + verb + object
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It can be frustrating to find or spend time making structured practice resources for your AAC users. But this bundle of resources will solve your headaches! A bundle of 7 resources for practicing sequencing communication symbols for AAC users and
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If you are working with students who need to develop categorization skills then this resource is perfect for you. A combination of colorful graphics and a variety of activities are included in this resource. This REVISED (9-2015) resource contains
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Using story books in intervention is a great way to increase students' language skills; building vocabulary, story structure knowledge and sequencing skills, among others. Adapting and modifying materials used with grade level stories ensures that
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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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This is a set of more than 300 cards that can be used as task cards in a classroom or intervention setting, or as game cards in a therapy setting or language center. The cards use Symbol Stix graphics familiar to special education classrooms.
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This is a fun way for students who use aac or have limited language skills to practice making symbol sentences without the pressure of needing to “get it right.” There are no specific questions, no specific referenced stimuli. The only
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Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
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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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