Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Life skill activities are the perfect way to teach young students language! Many students learn language first through the repetition of life routines. This life skill activity provides 8 room examples to help students identify items by location,
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.25
81
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By Susan Berkowitz
Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. Language is easily built through these routine tasks, where the vocabulary, sequence, and descriptions are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Problem Solving
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
51
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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
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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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for:* Matching items with their location, function, and associated items,sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Some of the best times to build receptive and expressive language skills are during routines and every day activities. These are times that are familiar to the students, that happen frequently, and that proceed in the same sequence with the same
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$28.75
$23.00
12
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
This resource contains 9 different categorization activities, each with a colorful categorization scene or chart, and images to sort. There is an additional worksheet for category exclusion.If you are working with students who need to develop
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.K.5a
$4.75
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students in tele practice speech therapy love BOOM cards. This deck will help them learn which items (and actions) belong in which room of the house. This resource in similar to my Where in the House Am I? life skills resource, which is a printable
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$2.50
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working with an augmentative communication user who needs to get to know their system better? Or who needs to move from single words to phrases and sentences? Try this bundle of core word games and activities that covers a wide range of AAC
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$11.25
$9.00
16
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
No time? No ink? No problem! If you like to use your iPad in speech language therapy or small groups in special education, this categorization activity is for you. It is a perfect time filler, sub plan for speech language therapy classes, or morning
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$4.50
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you work with students at early stages of language development? Do you work with mixed groups? This resource can really help you give students practice with talking about vocabulary; with naming items and people, answering Wh-questions about
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.K.5c
$7.75
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students think through being prepared for the situation or event; which is difficult for some students whose executive function skills aren't always on point. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a language building resource for vocabulary and sequences associated with Spring for speech therapy and special education. Students have multiple opportunities to learn thematic vocabulary in speech therapy or special education.Contents:26
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.2, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, RI.1.1, SL.K.4, SL.K.5, L.K.1b, L.K.1e, L.K.1f, L.K.5c
$6.75
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is perfect for providing standards-based differentiation curriculum to your students with language disorder or communication needs. Inside to help you with differentiation you'll find 5 books with game boards, vocabulary cards, and
Subjects:
Special Education, General Science, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
$13.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn to associate appropriate clothing for different weather conditions/seasons. This life skills activity can help students associate specific types of clothing with differing weather and make
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Internet Activities
$3.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Wh questions can be really hard for students with language disorders. Knowing how to answer Who, What doing, When, and Where questions is tough and often confusing. The first step for students knowing how to answer Wh Questions is knowing the type
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$5.50
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support students as they learn how to identify rhyming words. Phonological awareness skills are critical to literacy learning. Reading/decoding is predicated on students understanding the sound system of language.Each card presents a picture and
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support students as they learn how to identify common items by function. Each card lists 4 items to choose from, and students identify which has a specific purpose, function, or trait.This BOOM deck offers 30 practice stimuli for identifying by
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (0.99 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This summer-themed expressive and receptive language pack contains materials for vocabulary, giving and following directions, describing and formulating other expressive and receptive language, sequencing, phonological awareness, categorizing,
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Summer
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$7.50
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you have AAC users to support this resource provides multiple opportunities to practice navigating through the system by identifying which category symbol will lead them to the word they want. Core word AAC implementation gives students access to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$4.00
4
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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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