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Susan Berkowitz

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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:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
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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:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers, Printables
$3.00
34
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with significant language disorders need visual supports for telling about items; even favorite objects brought for "Show and Tell." Being able to describe or tell about things is a crucial academic and social language skill.Here are
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Posters, Printables
$6.00
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Searching for writing activities to implement with your students?? While many students are reluctant writers, students with language and reading disorders often have an even harder time! These students are encouraged through success with genuine
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Other
$8.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the Common Core State Standards for Language and for Speaking-Listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with the revised and improved Interactive Notebook for Language Skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.2, SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, L.K.1c, L.K.1d...
$23.50
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues or
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts, Other
$2.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. We know so much about the language basis for reading, that we should be providing support in this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Teacher Manuals
$5.75
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students frequently
Subjects:
Professional Development, Reading Strategies, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Documents
$3.75
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
This packet is aimed toward the SLP - or teacher - who has a varied caseload; some verbal, some nonverbal, some with more disordered language than others, some readers, some not, etc. Each activity stands alone, and the collection targets different
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$4.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are four file folder activities for phonological awareness; the Reading Foundation skills in the CCSS; including initial and final sounds in words, counting syllables in words, and rhyming words in word families.Phonological awareness skills
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Reading, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$5.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials you can apply to any story you use in speech therapy or your class? Shared reading is a strategy to increase exposure to books, develop language and literacy skills in young children and students who are not yet readers.This
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.2.1, CCRA.R.2
$11.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you looking for a curriculum for your AAC users that builds core word use, formulation of phrases and sentences, formulation of narratives, and touches on writing skills? You've found it!This time and money-saving bundle provides enough
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Whole Courses, Activities
$659.75
$553.90
1
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Provide vocabulary practice for school words with these language-building activities, as well as some related skills. The book, “I’m Your Bus” by Marilyn Singer is used as a jumping off point for learning about the words associated with going to
Subjects:
Back to School, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you looking for more adapted informational science texts for special education students with limited language skills, to meet the Common Core State Standards' call for more informational texts in special education? These are all science based
Subjects:
Science, Informational Text, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Nonfiction Book Study, Activities
$53.00
$43.00
5
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a presentation in handout format for special education teachers and speech-language pathologists on the topic of using iPads for augmentative communication and literacy learning in special education classrooms - particularly those for
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
$15.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching children to recognize shapes is important; teaching them to recognize them in everyday objects is important and fun. Here is a set of 4 interactive books illustrating shapes in everyday objects - 1 each for circles, squares, triangles, and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$4.75
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Whether it's a new school year or just refresher time, help students expand their expressive language skills for school based language with understanding rules, telling about themselves, and learning school vocabulary.This bundle contains: • An
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Activities, Printables
$15.75
$12.60
1
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Hate planning for mixed groups? Need resources for multiple targets throughout the year? A year - and more - of game boards and cards for language intervention is here in one pack.This is a huge compilation of thematic game boards and language skill
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Games
$32.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Graphic organizers are a lifesaver in speech class or special education classrooms! Speech therapists often help students organize their thoughts and ideas with graphic organizers and other visual cues. This is a comprehensive collection of graphic
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading Strategies, Special Education
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Printables
$3.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words.More experienced AAC users need continued Aided Input (AI), scaffolding to support expanded utterances, support for a variety of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Handouts
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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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