Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
If your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations, then this problem solving resource is for them! Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.50
166
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students lack appropriate social language skills? If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource, with specific lessons and visual cues, will
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts
$3.75
44
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need visual cues and language activities for following the rules? Rules are important in all settings and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$7.00
48
Digital Download PDF (100.18 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
$5.00
26
Digital Download PDF (11.96 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Need engaging materials to build pragmatic language skills? This collection of social communication situations and problems will help you improve your students' social verbal and nonverbal communication through understanding of social cues, social
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
$8.00
42
Digital Download PDF (106.66 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for core word based communication boards your students can use to play games? Here are 5 picture communication boards that can be used with generic card games, and some specific games; such as Trouble™, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders™, and
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$5.00
15
Digital Download PDF (10.46 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Being a good friend can be difficult for some students. Help your students become kinder, better friends, and generally good people with this interactive friendship activity! This can be used for independent friendship learning or as a friendship
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Classroom Community, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.25
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty knowing the right thing to say? Do they have trouble connecting what people are saying to their facial expressions and body language? Can they read the mis-match between one person’s speech and another’s expression?
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$4.50
19
Digital Download PDF (55.82 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Help students understand how to make inferences, understand body language and facial expressions and the intent of actions, from visual cues. "Pancakes for Breakfast" uses engaging visuals and story line you can use to help teach social
Subjects:
School Counseling, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$7.50
20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Want to combine teaching core words and teaching about acceptable behaviors? In the context of what students should and should not do, teach core words Yes and No, with or without Leslie Patricelli's book "Yes Yes No No."Using books is a great way
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have a hard time coming up with situations for your students to use to tell about feelings? Some children - especially those with certain disabilities; like language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, & Asperger Syndrome - have
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, School Psychology, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
$4.50
10
Digital Download PDF (56.25 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders, developmental disabilities, and Autism have difficulty knowing what to do in problem situations, as well as verbalizing those solutions. Try this problem solving bundle that provides well over 100 problem
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Internet Activities, Games
$25.25
$20.20
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Visuals at your fingertips, done for you! Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts
$3.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Identifying how they feel can be difficult for some students, particularly those with Autism or with Developmental Disabilities or Intellectual Disabilities. Feelings are not as concrete as some other terms and labels.. Use these 96 cards as a
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Printables, Games
$5.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This figurative language activity resource, containing multiple language activities, is an engaging book companion to Amelia Bedelia's misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, and metaphors. The materials within this resource are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$6.00
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students who need to practice using a variety of communicative intents?This game provides excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills and use a variety of communication functions.
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.50
10
Digital Download PDF (15.41 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Help students identify their feelings in an engaging game activity. Many children with special needs, particularly those with autism and significant language disorders, have difficulty putting names to their feelings. This inability to tell others
Subjects:
School Counseling, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$4.00
9
Digital Download PDF (37.40 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for engaging activities for students who 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 social language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$3.75
12
Digital Download PDF (14.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders, especially those with Autism, have difficulty distinguishing feelings in the faces and body language of others. This resource offers a selection of 4 emotions symbols from which students choose the correct
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Internet Activities
$5.00
6
Digital Download PDF (1.01 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Work on cause-effect with grade level literature. Common Core requirements include an effort to use grade level material with special education students. Finding materials adapted to students' skill levels can be challenging. Here is a resource for
Subjects:
Literature, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.2.2
$3.25
6
Digital Download PDF (13.81 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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