Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are looking for receptive and expressive language activities for your speech therapy classroom, this resource is for you!! Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.50
54
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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
Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
27
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a classic storybook that offers multiple language opportunities for working on vocabulary, sequencing, categories, and - of course - retelling. Storybooks are used a lot in Speech-Language therapy to increase language skills and help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, SL.K.2, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.1.5a
$6.00
28
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By Susan Berkowitz
This figurative language activity resource, containing multiple language activities, works with students discovering Amelia Bedelia's misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, and metaphors. The materials within this resource are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$5.75
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
This huge resource, which includes the book 'Pancakes for Breakfast', is for teaching and practicing pragmatics, or the understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental, and facial cues by using a wordless picture
Subjects:
Special Education, School Counseling, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
Using story books in intervention is a great way to increase students' language skills; building vocabulary, story structure knowledge and sequencing skills, among others. Adapting and modifying materials used with grade level stories ensures that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RF.K.2e, RF.1.2, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, L.K.1b, L.1.1f...
$6.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use this Stone Soup resource in speech-language therapy or as a part of your literacy program in your special education class. Stone Soup is a classic old story with a great moral about sharing. You can read this story to your group for 4 sessions,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Fairy tales and folk tales are great for teaching about story elements. They have definite problems with solutions and interesting characters and setting. Help your students learn about story elements and help them with story retelling with this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$6.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This book, "They All Saw A CAT" is great for building descriptive language skills and talking about point of view. It is a lot of fun to help kids see how the cat is viewed by each of the other animals - bigger, smaller, mean, furry.Using
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Storybooks can be used to build language skills for all students, even - or especially - those who cannot speak. This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "No," one of the beginning core words used by
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users need to move beyond single words. And build their language skills in engaging activities. Use of morphology is usually impacted in children with language disorders. It is also often restricted in children using augmentative communication
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$10.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Great for building seasonal vocabulary and language for your students with language impairments. Teaching through storybooks or informational texts builds language skills in contextual activities. The 9 different language activities in this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.2, RI.K.1, RI.K.3, RI.1.1, RI.1.3, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.1f, L.K.4, L.K.5a...
$4.25
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Storybooks are a great way to work on language skills; sespecially vocabulary and story grammar. The sequencing style of books (i.e. There was an old lady who...") are great for sequencing, talking abut fact v. fiction, and describing. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Using storybooks in speech therapy and early education provides students with knowledge about story structure and offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, describing, sequencing and re-telling.This resource is lots of language-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$3.75
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "more," one of the beginning core words used by toddlers, early/emerging communicators, beginning AAC users. Storybooks can be used to build language skills for all
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
10
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
One of the key language skills that students need for academic and social success is an understanding of the elements and parts to a story. Story grammar is a part of understanding every storybook, historical events, and most conversations.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Graphic Organizers
$20.75
$16.60
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By Susan Berkowitz
This companion resource for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (a 3rd grade book where I live) contains the following language-based activity materials • 18 vocabulary cards, • A vocabulary worksheet to use with any vocabulary word, and • An antonyms activity
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$4.50
7
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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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