Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments for students with different learning needs and special education students in their classrooms. It begins with a brief discussion of
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This resource (the handout of an original ppt presentation) will provide clinicians with ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices with AAC, language, fine motor, and scanning apps and accessories for AAC evaluations. The discussion includes
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This is a 7 page handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students
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For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. This packet of information contains the standards distilled to their important essences. Some of the
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This handout discusses types of narratives, why they are important to develop explicitly in students who are AAC users, and how to develop them. -includes step-by-step suggestions, rationale, methods, etc. A 30 core word communication board is
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This is a presentation in handout format for special education teachers and speech-language pathologists on the topic of using iPads for augmentative communication and literacy learning in special education classrooms - particularly those for
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This is a 4 page document (revised 11-14) that talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken beliefs that often prevent students from receiving the services and
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This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
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This FREE handout explains what story building apps can be used and how to use them to build narrative skills in your students with language disorders or delays or complex communication needs. Narratives are the heart of our interactions.
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Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
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This is a free 4-page handout that talks about how we can best write IEP objectives for aac users and how to measure genuine communication - rather than arbitrary quantitative responses. I have lots of AAC resources in my store, both FREE and paid.
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This 3 page handout provides some basic useful strategies partners (teachers, parents, and SLPs) can use to encourage and increase communication skills and aac use in students who are learning to communicate with aac. Check out the AAC Custom
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This is a small sampling of the resources in my TPT store; highlighting the types of resources I sell for AAC, speech-language therapy, and literacy skills development. I have book companions, language games, augmentative communication resources,
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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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