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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There are 5 books - one for each of the senses, using picture supports from Symbol Stix. Each book comes with teacher instructions, with before and after reading discussion and activities. There is a communication board specific to some activities
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Gie your students with language disorders access to informational text that is specifically differentiated for them. This is a therapist-created book about African animals, to meet the Common Core requirement for more expository/nonfiction texts
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Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Here is a resource that includes: an 18 page clinician written book about rocks that includes information, pictures, and some
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Introduce your students to bears with these interactive, beginning informational texts for young children or students with special needs. There is a 14pg. book about bears (black and brown) and another book about polar bears. Each book page has a
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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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The CCSS call for more use of informational texts; especially for students in special education. This is an interactive book about bats that provides for informational text for special education students. There is ☛ an 18-page informational
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In this resource about the Rainforest, based on the Jane Yolen book, you will find materials to use with students in speech therapy, special education, or those in general education who require differentiated instruction/additional supports, to meet
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These interactive science texts are perfect for augmenting your curriculum for students in special education and/or speech-language therapy. This is a bundle of 6 of my interactive informational texts adapted for students with language disorders;
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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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