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By Susan Berkowitz
Feel more confident with core vocabulary implementation for AAC! This resource will provide you with up to a full school year's worth of core word implementation materials and activities for teaching core words to beginning AAC users. This resource
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
$32.00
277
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for materials to teach your students what community signs actually mean, this is for you! Teaching them to identify community safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them. Most
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
$4.00
123
Digital Download PDF (32.77 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This Wh Questions Activity resource is for you if you need an evidence-based program for students with language disorders and autism who struggle with answering Wh Questions! This how-to-answer Wh question program has been based on years of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$15.00
$12.00
217
Digital Download PDF (106.42 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations, then this problem solving resource is for them! Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.50
$8.40
162
Digital Download PDF (11.57 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel confident teaching augmentative communication users core words in genuine communication contexts. This is a set of games and activities to teach the first 6 months’ of core vocabulary words from PrAACticalAAC.com’s Year of Core Words that will
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$13.00
$10.40
105
Digital Download PDF (100.59 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Problem solving is an important part of social language skills. Prepare your students for community-based social language. Teach them to solve problems by thinking about situations and finding the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$7.75
$6.20
40
Digital Download PDF (6.04 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you're adapting your curriculum to meet the needs of special education students in your classroom, you need differentiation strategies. If you have students included in your classroom that you need to support with adapted curriculum this how-to
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals
$5.50
$4.40
88
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for core vocabulary activities for your beginning AAC users, this resource is for you. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to get started with implementing core words now, even if you don't know a lot about AAC! Support
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$95.25 $76.20
$60.96
45
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find core words therapy materials to help your augmentative communication users build their core vocabulary use? Save time with these interactive books to teach use of early core words: go, again, all done, stop, more, and no; 6 of the
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$14.00
$11.20
128
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students in special education who are getting ready to apply for work? Do you need to prepare them for job interviews? Use role-playing to help your students land the jobs they want and need. Here is the resource that provides
Subjects:
Life Skills, Vocational Education, Special Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Simulations, Activities, Printables
$3.50
$2.80
55
Digital Download PDF (6.87 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This picture communication book is perfect for students who need a robust core word based AAC system but don't have access to high tech. Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This inexpensive
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Assessment, Printables
$16.50
$13.20
38
Digital Download PDF (26.46 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol phrase and sentence practice for AAC core words users will de-stress your planning while providing a huge bundle of stimulus items to use. Time-saving made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using core
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1d, L.1.1f, CCRA.L.1
$20.00
$16.00
39
Digital Download PDF (107.65 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC for students who are severely physically impaired, other than Partner Assisted Scanning. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
$8.50
$6.80
46
Digital Download PDF (13.61 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty processing language for listening comprehension? Are you looking for therapy materials that focus on listening to descriptions and language processing skills? In this set of listening comprehension games students use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$6.75
$5.40
70
Digital Download PDF (22.82 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel confident teaching core words to your teen augmentative communication users! Finding AAC implementation resources that are focused on older students can be really difficult. Here are interactive books and activities featuring core words with
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$65.00 $52.00
$41.60
13
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Give your students these language rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed". This book companion resource with included language activities has been designed with speech therapy and special education students in mind; such as, students
Subjects:
Science, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$7.25
$5.80
52
Digital Download PDF (129.96 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students lack appropriate social language skills? 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, with specific lessons and visual cues, will
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts, Other
$3.00
$2.40
39
Digital Download PDF (5.88 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Answering wh questions can be very difficult skill for many children with language disorders and complex communication needs to master. Answering wh questions while using picture prompts is a great way to add additional wh question practice to your
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$8.50
$6.80
39
Digital Download PDF (34.46 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Not enough time to create core word picture communication boards for all of your different AAC users? Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
$20.00
$16.00
48
Digital Download PDF (18.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the needs of mixed therapy groups and build multiple language skills. Increase language skills of naming/ describing/ identifying function and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment with the fun of a typical “I
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.75
$3.00
13
Digital Download PDF (47.57 MB)
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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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