Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
For students who are severely physically impaired, use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't move any other part of their body.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$6.75
39
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning AAC communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and core
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$10.00
46
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$3.00
31
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By Susan Berkowitz
While activity-based communication boards should never be a student's primary AAC system, they can be useful in specific areas or activities in classrooms. In this resource you will find 16 communication boards for your aac users. These are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Printables
$14.00
40
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address. There are a variety of different placemats with communication symbols/visual cues at a wide range of complexity. There are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$3.25
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders have difficulty with answering Wh-Questions. They confuse which type of word answers what kind of question. My signature Wh question program and app help teach students how to do so more accurately. Now get
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Other, Activities, Activboard Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$3.60
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$2.50
25
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By Susan Berkowitz
This deck of BOOM cards provides errorless learning practice with identifying spatial locations. Build prepositional identification skills with this deck of 30 cards using fun images. Students with language disorders often have difficulty with these
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Other, Activities, Activboard Activities
CCSS:
L.K.1e
$3.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have Spanish language AAC users on your caseload, but have a hard time finding bilingual resources for them? This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. Contents:A set of 3 boards that
Subjects:
Spanish, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$4.25
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language learning disabilities learn better with visual cues, and with repeated practice. Here are 7 life skills file folder activities for special education classrooms or independent work in speech-language therapy, where students can
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$4.25
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues or
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$2.00
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Searching for writing activities to implement with your students?? While many students are reluctant writers, students with language and reading disorders often have an even harder time! These students are encouraged through success with genuine
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. Here is practice for AAC users or beginning communicators just starting to use 2-word phrases. This resource has been expanded (7-19) as similar listings were
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$13.00
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 5 picture communication boards that can be used with generic card games, and some specific games; such as Trouble, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders, and Candy Land. The boards are 32 location and use a combination of core vocabulary and some
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$5.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
No time? No ink? No problem! If you like to use your iPad in speech language therapy or small groups in special education, this categorization activity is for you. It is a perfect time filler, sub plan for speech language therapy classes, or morning
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$4.50
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you have augmentative communication users on your speech therapy caseload or in your classroom, and you need to practice expanding their 'utterance,' then this is a fun activity for you to use to build 2-word or longer phrases.Core Word Roll and
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Games
$3.00
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who don't know or understand reading strategies, or can't use them without constant reminders? These visual cue cards are perfect for those students who need visual cues to help them remember what strategies they have and can
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Staff
Types:
Other, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working with students with phonological processing errors that are struggling with articulation? Dyspraxia/apraxia? These books were made in response to a request for interactive articulation books using Barbara Hodson's target words, and
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$3.50
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a bundle of adapted biographies that use picture-assisted text and related activities to teach students about famous people; including Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Harriet
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$18.25
$14.60
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By Susan Berkowitz
Enjoy this free communication board to use at library time with your nonverbal or minimally verbal AAC users. It first appeared as a freebie on my blog at http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-6-is-national-read-book-day.html It
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
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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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