Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Need visual cues and language activities for following the rules? Rules are important in all settings and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$7.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells, these differentiated visual cues and templates are ready-made. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Centers, Printables
$5.00
35
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By Susan Berkowitz
Tired of juggling all the materials, data and progress notes for your language intervention students? Help meet standards for language and for speaking-listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd
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...
$24.75
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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:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Lesson, Printables
$6.00
24
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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? Feel confident implementing core vocabulary with your nonverbal and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities
$679.25
$574.90
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By Susan Berkowitz
Want a quick and easy way to align reading and writing objectives to the Common Core without wading through pages and pages? Here's a time saving reference for writing IEPs and monitoring progress using the Standards. For SLPs who question their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Teacher Manuals
$6.50
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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
$2.00
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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:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
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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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on core vocabulary with multiple AAC users? Trying to plan for core words input and acquisition? Keep track of core words to be modeled and those they've learned for each AAC user with this planning and progress book. Contents:Pages
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, Classroom Forms
$4.50
Digital Download PDF (3.91 MB)
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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Brand new AAC system out of the box? Not sure how to customize it for your student? Most AAC devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students need to know more than just the names of common school items; they need to know what they do. Being able to recognize and name the functions of school objects is important for young learners. In this activity they are presented with common
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Internet Activities
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (2.89 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
For students with language disorders who are just developing - or have not developed any - literacy skills, shared reading is an essential classroom tool for increasing background knowledge, providing access to texts, and increasing important
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Centers, Handouts, Teacher Manuals
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This FREE handout explains what story building apps can be used and how to use them to build narrative skills in your students with language disorders or delays or complex communication needs. Narratives are the heart of our interactions.
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Centers, Professional Documents, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
Subjects:
Professional Development, Tools for Common Core, Curriculum & Instruction
Grades:
Staff
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
11
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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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