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Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
This communication symbol phrase and sentence practice for AAC users will de-stress your planning while providing a huge bundle of stimulus items to use. Time-saving made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using phrases and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
CCSS:
L.1.1d, L.1.1f, CCRA.L.1
$20.00
39
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty processing language? Are you looking for therapy materials that focus on listening to descriptions and language processing skills? In Listening to Descriptions students use their language processing skills to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$6.75
70
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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort and do laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.Language is easily built through
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
54
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By Susan Berkowitz
Give your students these language rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed". This book companion resource with included language activities has been designed with speech therapy and special education students in mind; such as, students
Subjects:
Science, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$7.25
51
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
19
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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. Perfect for mixed groups!Describe,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Games
$19.50
$15.60
34
Bundle
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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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
$6.50
30
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun listening activity for students to identify common objects given descriptions. This activity can help students recognize objects by their functions, descriptive details, and associations.. * There are 30 cards with 3 lines of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 language every time. They
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$31.50
$25.20
14
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need a language activity that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is the perfect pragmatics activity for your speech therapy classroom! This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students with weak executive functioning skills? Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? Can they talk about why they make their choices? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
This activity combines the fun of a typical “I Spy” type of interactive visual activity with the language skills of naming/ describing/ identifying function and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment.Each of the 15
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.75
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
My core words resources help you plan for integrating AAC core word implementation into your curriculum! Here are 6 interactive, therapist written books illustrating how to use 6 descriptive core words; adjectives/describing words. Help AAC users
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.25
34
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By Susan Berkowitz
This big resource, which is a book companion for '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
Subjects:
School Counseling, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$20.75
$16.60
24
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into one
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Games
$28.50
$25.65
9
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Frustrated by figuring out simple therapy materials for mixed groups? Need materials to cover a range of language skills all in one place? This is a set of more than 300 cards for language skills that can be used as task cards in a classroom or
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
$14.75
23
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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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$6.00
11
Digital Download PDF (20.02 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.75
23
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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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