Susan Berkowitz

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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:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$40.00
283
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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
166
Digital Download PDF (11.57 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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$7.75
41
Digital Download PDF (6.04 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel confident teaching augmentative communication users core vocabulary 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
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Games
$13.00
107
Digital Download PDF (103.61 MB)
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:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$94.75
$76.20
46
Bundle
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:
Centers, Activities, Games
$6.75
74
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your AAC users learn to navigate their communication systems more confidently with this decontextualized practice to keep them learning where the vocabulary is in their system and how to find the words they need when they need them.Core words
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Lesson
$3.00
30
Digital Download PDF (63.86 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Understanding of cause and effect even with fairly concrete examples can be a challenge for your students with language disorders. Answering What if questions
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Games
$7.00
$5.60
28
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Need fun ways to work on defining, describing, comparing, contrasting, and telling about? This describing bundle covers descriptions and definitions, words for showing about and telling about with use of visual cues, and is flexible enough to work
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, L.K.1b, L.K.5a, L.1.1f, L.1.5a, L.1.5b
$19.50
$15.60
34
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are looking for time-saving done for you AAC curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games
$53.00
$42.40
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Help your augmentative communication get to know their AAC system better. Move them from single core words to phrases and sentences. This bundle of engaging core vocabulary games and activities covers a wide range of AAC skills and abilities and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$11.75
$9.40
20
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the needs of mixed therapy groups and build multiple language skills. Increase language skills of naming, categorizing, describing, identifying function, and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment with the fun of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Games
$5.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need a language activity that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is the perfect pragmatics activity for your speech therapy classroom! This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$27.50
$22.00
24
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more Wh question resources? Students with language disorders often struggle with answering wh questions. Whether it is understanding what answers go with which wh questions, or an issue with auditory memory and holding onto their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Games
$5.75
19
Digital Download PDF (90.60 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Frustrated by finding easy to use therapy materials for mixed groups? Need materials to cover a range of language skills all in one place? This is a set of more than 300 cards for semantic relationship skills that can be used as task cards in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers, Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1e, L.K.5a, L.K.5b, L.1.1f, L.1.1i, L.1.5a, L.1.5b, L.2.1a
$13.75
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on core vocabulary implementation in your curriculum for AAC users. These clinician created interactive books illustrate each of 6 core words and give students practice with using them in the books and activities. Curriculum planning for: Go,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Games
$22.50
$18.00
16
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have trouble coming up with situations for making predictions? Predicting and infering are much more difficult than basic Wh questions. Students with language disorders may have difficulty predicting what will happen, explaining outcomes,
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Games
$4.00
30
Digital Download PDF (36.93 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Need genuine activities to teach core vocabulary? Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. Teach AAC users
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$8.50
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Being a good friend can be difficult for some students. Help your students become kinder, better friends, and generally good people with this interactive friendship activity! This can be used for independent friendship learning or as a friendship
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Classroom Community, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.25
12
Digital Download PDF (87.22 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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