Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Being able to explain how things are the same, are different, and why is a skill we practice in language intervention. Being able to see, describe, and explain the critical features of two different objects, actions, or events is a critical
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need a quick, done-for-you core word based communication board for your AAC users?This is a free picture communication board with core vocabulary for students who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC).Research shows that core words
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables
FREE
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Keep students practicing answering Wh Questions all summer long. Use the Wh-question game board to play a game, or ask your student/child one question each day. Each space on the board has a Wh -question for the day. Use the beach scene and the
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language disorders who have a difficult time organizing themselves for tasks or knowing what they need? Students have difficulty with the concept of knowing what they need for the task.This BOOM deck offers 20
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
FREE
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a single page sample of a categorizing activity, adding ice cream scoops to their category cones. I have included 3 category cones and 9 ice cream scoops to give you an idea of what the whole resource is like. Inside the full resource pack
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.5a
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games develop concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students learn to listen carefully, and the therapist is able to focus on scaffolding and teaching such skills as chunking and re-auditorization without having to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.1, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, SL.K.6, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, L.K.1e, L.1.1f, L.1.1i, L.2.1e, CCRA.SL.1
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a free visual cue set to post in your classroom or give to each students to help them follow directions in a fire drill. These loud and interrupting events are often difficult for special education students - especially those with autism.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
20
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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:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Other
FREE
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let this free resource be a part of your intervention for vocabulary and semantic relationships. Students with vocabulary deficits have significant difficulty with reading comprehension. Help your students increase their skills with this free
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
We are all trying to make kids be kinder, better friends, and generally good people. These 10 free posters can hang in your room as colorful reminders of friendship behaviors. They can also serve as a discussion point for lessons in being a good
Subjects:
Life Skills, School Counseling, Classroom Community
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Understanding the meaning and being able to use adjectives is important for students in their writing and speaking. Speech Pathologists work hard with students to support their vocabulary growth for academic and social needs. Make your October
Subjects:
Halloween, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Sequencing is a skill needed for activities of daily living, academics, and story understanding and telling. Here are some simple 3 & 4 picture sequences for students to complete. Sequences include egg to chicken, baby to man, seeds to plant,
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need materials to send home over the Summer? This is a super resource for parents, SLPs, and teachers. Help keep students from the "Summer slide" with ideas for language, pragmatics, phonological awareness, and speech.52 jam-packed pages from 6 of
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, EBooks
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need a place to start with planning to use core words in activities with your AAC users?Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words.More experienced AAC users need continued
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Handouts
FREE
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun game to play while working on answering Wh questions? Answering Wh-questions is often very difficult for students with language disorders; especially students with Autism. Help them with the first step of knowing what kind of word
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need activities to keep your emergent communicators talking during the summer, here are calendars for July and August for AAC users and those with minimal verbal skills.Each week day there is a simple activity, with activities from A -
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Handouts
FREE
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
The ability to describe people, places, events is crucial in academic success. Help your students give more complete, accurate, and complex directions while playing fun card games. Here is an opportunity for your students with language difficulties
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.K.4, SL.1.4, L.K.1f, L.1.1f, L.2.1e
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Build background information and Thanksgiving vocabulary with this free interactive book. Help students feel more comfortable in holiday bustle and hustle by teaching them about the traditions, vocabulary, sequences, and conversation. This 12 page
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities
FREE
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users need opportunities to practice using core words both in context and out. Practice following 2 word directions with core words Put + Preposition following the circled symbols on the 15-location core word communication board. Use all my
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Internet Activities
FREE
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
School is out and summer fun is in. Your AAC user might not be getting the same level of intervention during the summer as (s)he gets during the school-year. But that shouldn’t matter, because you know how to infuse AAC use into every-day
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Other (Specialty)
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
5
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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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