Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This contains a mini science unit book with activities. The 5” sq. book lists and illustrates the 6 properties of living things in 30
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There are 6 fall scenes to use as the backgrounds and more than 40 pictures of objects and people to use to set into the scenes. Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of
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Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. In my first set of 6 Core Word Books, I focused on Go, Again, All
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A modified biography of Rosa Parks with picture supported text using Picture It, comprehension questions, 8 picture vocabulary cards, picture based story report, picture communication board using PCS, phonological awareness tasks (initial sound
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Meet the CCSS requirement for informational text in Special Education with this clinician written 17 page book about bats with a lot of facts. This book can be used in general education elementary classes and special education middle school or
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For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they get in natural contexts, this resource goes beyond phrases to complete basic sentences. Here is another
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This packet of materials includes a short biography of Lincoln and comprehension questions with picture supported text (using Picture It software), supporting activities that address fundamental reading skills of the Common Core (initial sounds,
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This is an 18 page informational text in interactive format for special education students that is all about rocks. Unlike my I Dig Rocks texts, which are written at 3rd & 4th grade reading levels, this is more appropriate for nonreaders or
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Practice prepositional phrases and sentences with winter themed vocabulary. Use “I see…” and “I put…” carrier phrases to identify spatial locations of reindeer, pine trees, candy canes, bells, a sled, a menorah, and winter clothing. There is one
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Teach students how to recycle properly by using the easy-to-assemble boxes to sort paper, plastic, metal, glass, and foodstuffs picture cards. Also contains sorting activities, cut and paste activity pages. NEW 3-2016 Recycle or Not? Game with
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A brief biography of Washington with picture supported text (using Picture It software from Slater/Suncastle) and picture-based communication (using Mayer-Johnson symbols from Tobii-Dynavox). Contains 11 page bio with picture supported text 2
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This is an interactive unit about community helpers and community services, for early education and/or elementary special education students. There are eight interactive books. There are 6 books specific to the doctor, fireman, mailman, teacher,
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This is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream..." speech adapted to picture communication symbols for special education students. The text has been simplified and adapted using Symbol Stix for students who are minimally verbal, nonverbal, have
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Here are some basic symbols (Symbol Stix rom News2You) for Thanksgiving, Winter holidays, New Year and Valentine’s Day that can be used during your units for those themes, when reading books about those topics, and wanting to get students ready
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Note: This has been revised 11-2014 with all new, clearer images This is a fun game that can make up an entire therapy session or fill in when there is some spare time. There is a page entirely filled with common object images in a variety of
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Here are 24 pronoun practice cards for working on She, He, Her, Him with students who have difficulty with these. Students fill in the blanks with the correct pronoun. Cards are illustrated with fun graphics.
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Sequencing skills are often difficult for students with language disorders. The order of operations or events or actions requires practice and critical thinking. As often as possible, I have always tried to begin with concrete sequences or
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Use these riddles with multiple meaning words to help students who have language disorders and who miss the point of jokes or don’t understand what’s so funny because they lack the flexibility of vocabulary to understand that the answer lies in a
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If you are trying to teach your students about colors and shapes, these interactive mini-books that use real world objects will help them learn about colors and shapes in their environment. You will find a brief color book for objects in the 3
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught 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 toothache 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 conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC.

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?).

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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