Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more. This
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Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
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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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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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I have the solution to your hunt for adapted curriculum for students with language disorders. This adapted biography with picture supported text comes in 2 levels of picture support for differentiation within your group. This packet of materials
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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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More and more informational - or expository - text is being required by schools. This is often difficult for students with language disorders. Support those students with interactive informational texts that are climician created for students with
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Do you need more resources for working on prepositions? Try this in your toolbox. Teaching prepositions to students with language disorders or delays can be difficult and repetitious. In this resource, practice prepositional phrases and sentences
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Earth Day is when we tend to focus on recycling and Earth conservation, but our students should be recycling and taking care of our Earth all of the time. Teach students how to recycle properly by using the easy-to-assemble boxes to sort paper,
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Try this great resource for your students who need adapted materials for holidays and informational texts. This brief biography with picture-supported text can help you teach students with language disorders about our first President. There are 2
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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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Teaching students about the people they encounter in daily lives is important for all students, and especially helpful for students with language disorders who have difficulty with learning vocabulary, This is an interactive unit about community
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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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Let me help you teach your students about colors and shapes. These interactive mini-books use real world objects to help them learn about colors and shapes in their environment. You will find a brief color book for objects in the 3 primary colors
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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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