Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach AAC users core words with this fully inclusive resource for teaching the 40 core words used in the DLM core. Interactive activities, interactive books, core word wall, word of the week materials, and more for your AAC users, even if you don't
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$37.50
242
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By Susan Berkowitz
Give your students these language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed". This resource with included activities has been designed with special education students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding,
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$6.75
45
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By Susan Berkowitz
This describing bundle covers descriptions and definitions, words for showing about and telling about with use of visual cues, and is flexible enough to work with a variety of students with multiple targets. Describe, Compare, Contrast: click
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Graphic Organizers
$19.50
$15.60
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Support augmentative communicators with core words in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups. Support nonverbal or minimally verbal students. This AAC Starter Kit resource is for you to get started with implementation now!Containing
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$91.25
$73.00
37
Bundle
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
33
Digital Download PDF (20.15 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Get instant help with core vocabulary intervention for emerging communicators, AAC users, students with complex communication needs. This is the 3rd set of core word interactive books to add to your curriculum for teaching beginning aac users how to
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.00
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
This figurative language activity resource, containing multiple language activities, works with students discovering Amelia Bedelia's misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, and metaphors. The materials within this resource are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$5.75
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders often struggle with answering wh questions. Whether it is understanding what answers go with which wh questions, or an issue with auditory memory and holding onto their knowledge as they answer, this fun bingo-themed
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.75
15
Digital Download PDF (87.03 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Students with significant language disorders need visual supports for telling about items; even favorite objects brought for "Show and Tell." Being able to describe or tell about things is a crucial academic and social language skill.Here are
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Posters
$6.00
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
12
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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
Some of the best times to build receptive and expressive language skills are during routines and every day activities. These are times that are familiar to the students, that happen frequently, and that proceed in the same sequence with the same
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$28.75
$23.00
12
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$38.50
13
Digital Download PDF (180.31 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This resource contains 9 different categorization activities, each with a colorful categorization scene or chart, and images to sort. There is an additional worksheet for category exclusion.If you are working with students who need to develop
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.K.5a
$4.75
12
Digital Download PDF (21.26 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting AAC users in telepractice, this resource is for you. AAC users need opportunities to practice using core words both in context and out. Practice formulating simple 3 word sentences with core words.This BOOM deck offers 30
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1, L.K.1d
$3.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Answering Wh questions is a very difficult skill for many children with significant language disorders who need to work on expressive language. While I am a firm believer in my “Program to Teach Wh-Questions” resource found here, some children need
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$7.00
8
Digital Download PDF (29.38 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders struggle with wh questions. This fall themed resource is a great way to teach wh questions that will keep your students engaged and interested! Many SLPs like myself spend a lot of time teaching wh questions to
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.50
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users learning core words. Finding AAC implementation resources that are focused on older students can be really difficult. Here are interactive books featuring core words with older student images. Let my TEEN focused resources help
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$63.50
$51.00
8
Bundle
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)
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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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