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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for AAC core word implementation activities for speech therapy to teach the first 40 core words used in the Developmental Learning Maps core? These engaging materials and inclusive activities will teach your AAC users early core words in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
269
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need an evidence based way to teach students how to answer Wh questions in speech therapy? This activity has been based on years of experience and research and uses a unique process of beginning not with lists of Who, What doing, When and Where
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$15.00
214
Digital Download PDF (102.68 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need to learn what community signs actually mean? Teaching them to identify safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.Most programs only teach sign or symbol discrimination but
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
119
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations? Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with language disorders. Help them formulate
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.25
162
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you struggle to come up with activities you can use in therapy sessions or class groups to teach AAC users core words in genuine communication contexts? Here is a set of games and activities to teach the first 6 months’ of core vocabulary words
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$12.50
103
Digital Download PDF (97.88 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find core words therapy materials to help your AAC users build their core vocabulary use? Not enough time to make your own for every core word? These interactive books focus on use of early core words: go, again, all done, stop, more,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$14.00
127
Digital Download PDF (138.29 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students who are getting ready for work? Do you need to prepare them for job interviews? Here is the resource that provides sample interview questions, strength and weakness surveys and even appropriate attire questions. Use
Subjects:
Life Skills, Vocational Education, Special Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Simulations, Activities, Printables
$3.00
49
Digital Download PDF (6.87 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need differentiation strategies for your classroom? Do you have students included in your classroom that you need to support? This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals
$5.50
85
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By Susan Berkowitz
Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
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
38
Digital Download PDF (6.04 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol phrase and sentence practice for AAC 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 phrases and
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
39
Digital Download PDF (107.62 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
So many AAC users, so little planning time! Support augmentative communicators, as well as your nonverbal or minimally verbal students with core words in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$94.75
$75.80
41
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty processing language? Are you looking for therapy materials that focus on listening to descriptions and language processing skills? In Listening to Descriptions students use their language processing skills to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$6.75
70
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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
48
Digital Download PDF (18.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Assessment, Printables
$16.50
35
Digital Download PDF (20.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort and do laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.Language is easily built through
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
54
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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
51
Digital Download PDF (129.96 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
18
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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 are 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
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users learning core words? Finding AAC implementation resources that are focused on older students can be really difficult. Here are interactive books and activities featuring core words with older student images. Done for you
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
13
Bundle
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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Other
$14.00
44
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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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