Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn the meaning of signs they see in their community and on the street. These life skills activity can help students not only recognize the signs, but comprehend what each sign means and what they
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
110
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun game-like activity for practicing giving and following directions. Students assemble sandwiches with the ingredients provided, placing items on top, under, between each other. Or create more complex directions. Use it 1:1, in small
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.75
37
Digital Download PDF (31.70 MB)
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:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.50
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides lots of fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
31
Digital Download PDF (34.78 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
15
Digital Download PDF (18.98 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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.75
21
Digital Download PDF (19.99 MB)
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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$20.75
$16.60
23
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:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$52.00
$41.60
31
Bundle
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, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
23
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4
$1.75
13
Digital Download PDF (28.85 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:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
25
Digital Download PDF (65.09 MB)
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
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:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
14
Digital Download PDF (56.02 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Teach core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users with this resource. Model and practice core words each month with interactive activity simulations. The resource covers the 2nd half of the Year of Core Words from PrAACticalAAC.org.•
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$16.00
23
Digital Download PDF (143.56 MB)
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
$3.25
9
Digital Download PDF (31.20 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
When working with students that have language disorders you know how difficult wh questions can be for them! This resource contains a winter theme filled with wh question examples to help your students better grasp what is a wh question and what
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
14
Digital Download PDF (42.36 MB)
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:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
17
Digital Download PDF (25.94 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun way to practice finding verbs, adjectives & prepositions in the AAC system, as well as expressive practice for those words. It is also good for following directions.Support your AAC users as they continue to build their language
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
$4.50
14
Digital Download PDF (50.33 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Let this resource help your students who need to build skills for following and giving directions. If you need to meet Common Core State Standards for listing and speaking with your students with language disorders this bundle of resources can help
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$26.75
$21.40
10
Bundle
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
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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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