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Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need to learn what community signs actually mean? Teaching them to identify safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.Most programs only teach sign or symbol discrimination but
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
119
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By Susan Berkowitz
This deck of BOOM cards provides practice with following complex directions with multiple critical elements. Help students build their processing of complex verbal input. Students with language disorders often have difficulty with this
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$5.25
13
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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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. Teach AAC users 6 core words to go along with my 6 core words
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
$9.00
12
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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:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
32
Digital Download PDF (32.17 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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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.75
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the Common Core State Standards for Language and for Speaking-Listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with the revised and improved Interactive Notebook for Language Skills.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Interactive Notebooks, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.2, SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.1.6, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, L.K.1c, L.K.1d...
$23.50
21
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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$26.75
$21.40
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on multiple target skills - especially in mixed groups - with this resource with multiple skills. This versatile resource can be used in two main ways; for following directions and for practice making sentences. And the latter skill can be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.60
20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use this Stone Soup resource in speech-language therapy or as a part of your literacy program in your special education class. Stone Soup is a classic old story with a great moral about sharing. You can read this story to your group for 4 sessions,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 or are verbal, they need some extra cues or
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts, Other
$2.00
14
Digital Download PDF (3.76 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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$1.50
17
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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
25
Digital Download PDF (65.09 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Practice using describing words in speech-language therapy. Practice receptive and expressive language skills of giving and following directions or giving and understanding descriptions.There is a visual scene page of three houses full of assorted
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$2.00
11
Digital Download PDF (40.78 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
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4
$1.75
14
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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun and engaging way to work on building precise describing skills? This is a fun game to play in speech-language therapy to practice giving and following directions or producing and understanding descriptions. There are Wh-questions
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.00
8
Digital Download PDF (43.19 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:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
$3.00
5
Digital Download PDF (42.67 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This packet is aimed toward the SLP - or teacher - who has a varied caseload; some verbal, some nonverbal, some with more disordered language than others, some readers, some not, etc. Each activity stands alone, and the collection targets different
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$4.00
10
Digital Download PDF (24.74 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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