Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for materials to teach your students what community safety signs actually mean, this is for you! Teaching them to identify community safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$5.00
131
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$27.50
$22.00
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need genuine activities to teach core vocabulary? 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
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$8.50
14
Digital Download PDF (56.72 MB)
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
14
Digital Download PDF (1.21 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun game that will engage students while building language skills? Increase understanding and use of spatial and temporal concepts, ability to give and follow directions, and more with these fun games. Play as a barrier game
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
38
Digital Download PDF (56.25 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Tired of juggling all the materials, data and progress notes for your language intervention students? Help meet standards for language and for speaking-listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd
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...
$24.75
22
Digital Download PDF (365.46 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:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$3.00
24
Digital Download PDF (48.08 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, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.00
18
Digital Download PDF (28.32 MB)
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
Digital Download PDF (14.51 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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$38.50
$30.80
11
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for an engaging way to increase students' abilities to process and formulate descriptions and directions? Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4
$3.00
14
Digital Download PDF (62.69 MB)
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? Formulation and comprehension of description clues is the focus of these activities.
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activboard Activities, Activities
CCSS:
SL.1.4, L.1.1f, L.1.5a
$21.25
$17.00
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Students love playing barrier games! 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
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$3.25
25
Digital Download PDF (63.00 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need some fun activities to build processing and following of directions? If you need some engaging activities for following directions skills this resource is for you. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Games
$7.75
34
Digital Download PDF (56.00 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching language skills with a transportation theme? Students learn vocabulary best with multiple exposures in a variety of thematic activities. These language activities build transportation vocabulary while increasing understanding and use of
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$9.50
9
Digital Download PDF (30.11 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for fun and engaging activities to practice describing, defining, and directing? Practice receptive and expressive language skills of giving and following directions or giving and understanding descriptions with this mystery picture
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$6.50
11
Digital Download PDF (47.28 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a really fun way to build directing and describing skills? Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$3.00
23
Digital Download PDF (9.82 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Work on multiple target skills - especially in mixed groups - with this resource for following directions and making sentences. This versatile resource can be used in two main ways; for following directions and for practice making sentences. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$3.60
20
Digital Download PDF (16.87 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun and engaging way to work on building better listening skills and precise describing skills? This is a fun game to play in speech-language therapy to practice giving and following directions or producing and understanding
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.50
8
Digital Download PDF (58.49 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Every day experiences & routines are great for building language! BUT - are you crunched for time & energy for making materials? These three resources provide opportunities to build language around common experiences of Washing the Car,
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Centers
$20.00
$16.00
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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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