Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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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
$5.75
42 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This collection of social situations and problems will help you move your students through understanding of social cues, social language, and social interaction skills. For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$6.00
35 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (61.58 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need a language game that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time, language groups, social groups. There is: • a game board and a spinner to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.50
19 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.31 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Parents
$16.50
23 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (16.54 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is for teaching and practicing understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental and facial cues by using a wordless picture book. Wordless picture books are often used in speech therapy for developing
Subjects:
Special Education, School Counseling, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
16 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (11.07 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this resource to help teach students what is
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (0.97 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This game provides some excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills. So many of our students with language disorders have a difficult time with finding or formulating the right language for the
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.50
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.62 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Story books provide a good decontextualized practice for teaching vocabulary to AAC users and other Emergent Communicators. Leslie Patricelli has written some board books for young children that illustrate the meanings of some important core
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
7 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (70.66 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Whether you're building vocabulary in speech therapy, special education or for young students who need to learn and practice adjectives, this resource provides variety of interactive activities. Students make an adjective lap book, containing
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Interactive Notebooks
$4.89
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (50.18 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Whether it's a new school year or just refresher time, help students expand their expressive language skills for school based language with understanding rules, telling about themselves, and learning school vocabulary. This bundle contains: • An
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Printables, Interactive Notebooks
$14.75
$11.80
1 rating
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students become kinder, better friends, and generally good people. Helping students learn how to be a good friend and understand what type of behavior is and is not acceptable for friends is an important part of their social growth. This
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Classroom Community
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
$4.25
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (87.22 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Use the pictures on these story dice as visual prompts to help kids formulate short stories. Make them funny, sad, mysterious or more. These 30 dice, each with 6 choices to roll for answering Who, did What, When, and Where, as well as dice for
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
The words "Yes" and "No" can be very powerful and empowering for our students with limited verbal skills. AAC users often have gestures for these responses rather than the core words. "Yes" and "No" are among the 25 core words that make up more than
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.00
not yet rated
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need activities to keep your emergent communicators talking during the summer, here are calendars for July and August for AAC users and those with minimal verbal skills. Each week day there is a simple activity, with activities from A -
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Handouts, For Parents
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.18 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a small sampling of the resources in my TPT store; highlighting the types of resources I sell for AAC, speech-language therapy, and literacy skills development. I have book companions, language games, augmentative communication resources,
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents
FREE
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Digital Download PDF (4.75 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
#kindnessnation We are all trying to make kids be kinder, better friends, and generally good people. These 10 posters can hang in your room as colorful reminders of friendship behaviors. They can also serve as a discussion point for lessons in
Subjects:
Life Skills, School Counseling, Classroom Community
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Posters
FREE
5 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (19.95 MB)
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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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