Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for an evidence based new way to teach Wh questions in speech therapy or special education? Look no further! This resource was the first Wh question program for speech therapy that used my unique process of beginning not with lists of Wh
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$15.00
208
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach AAC users core words with this fully inclusive resource for teaching the 40 core words used in the DLM core. Interactive activities, interactive books, core word wall, word of the week materials, and more for your AAC users, even if you don't
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$37.50
242
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work AAC implementation into your curriculum with core words activities for building language. With an explanation of core words, and interactive books for teaching, this is a great place to start. Research tells us to focus on core vocabulary when
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$14.00
125
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are implementing Core Word teaching for your AAC users, here are activities to teach AAC users to use core vocabulary effectively. The words used are from the PrAACticalAAC blog's Year of Core Words. • There is some background discussion of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$12.50
102
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help students build receptive language and language processing skills with Describe it to Me. In Listening to Directions students use their language processing skills to identify objects and people given descriptive clues. There are a variety of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.75
64
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach core vocabulary use in speech therapy or special education to AAC users with 4 more therapist written interactive books illustrating 12 more of the early core vocabulary words. Give your emerging communicators more practice with core words
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.75
59
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students who are severely physically impaired, use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't move any other part of their body.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$6.75
39
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By Susan Berkowitz
Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
44
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By Susan Berkowitz
Give your students these language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed". This resource with included activities has been designed with special education students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding,
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$6.75
45
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By Susan Berkowitz
Bring awesome informational texts to your students with special needs and teach their vocabulary in speech therapy! This resource will help you teach U.S. Geography, including major landmarks, locations, and famous places. This targeted vocabulary
Subjects:
Special Education, Geography, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.25
55
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning AAC communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and core
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$10.00
46
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$3.00
31
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is for you if you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for
Subjects:
Special Education, Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
33
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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, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Printables
$14.00
40
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By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol sentence practice for AAC users will de-streess your planning time. Made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using phrases and sentences are here for you. For students who need additional practice making
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1d, L.1.1f, CCRA.L.1
$18.50
$16.50
37
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 with a variety of students with multiple targets. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Graphic Organizers
$19.50
$15.60
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address. There are a variety of different placemats with communication symbols/visual cues at a wide range of complexity. There are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$3.25
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support augmentative communicators with core words in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups. Support nonverbal or minimally verbal students. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to get started with implementation now!Containing
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$91.25
$73.00
37
Bundle
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:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Parents
$16.50
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more.Contents:•
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.2, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, SL.K.4
$4.75
24
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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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