Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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All kids can communicate. All kids can learn to read. http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com
 
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Learn about U.S. geography; including major landmarks, geographical locations, and famous places are covered with great visuals and easy to understand text. with this adapted and interactive U.S. Geography book for use in speech-language therapy or
$8.00
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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
$6.75
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Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
$5.00
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more. This
$5.25
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This REVISED (6-2016) pack contains a therapist-written informational text about the weather, for meeting CCSS for more informational text in special education. There are three leveled versions included with different levels of language and
$9.00
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There are 5 books - one for each of the senses, using picture supports from Symbol Stix. Each book comes with teacher instructions, with before and after reading discussion and activities. There is a communication board specific to some activities
$11.00
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4.0
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This is a newly REVISED therapist-created book about African animals, to meet the Common Core requirement for more expository/nonfiction texts in Special Education. 1. Contains a book about 9 different African animals (22pg.) with picture-
$6.00
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A modified biography of Rosa Parks with picture supported text using Picture It, comprehension questions, 8 picture vocabulary cards, picture based story report, picture communication board using PCS, phonological awareness tasks (initial sound
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Provide vocabulary practice for school words with these language-building activities, as well as some related skills. The book, “I’m Your Bus” by Marilyn Singer is used as a jumping off point for learning about the words associated with going to
$6.00
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Teach students vocabulary and tasks for daily living skills in the bathroom. This packet contains: *The 4 bathroom visual scenes have pictures and text/ labels for common items. There are scenes with labels and matching scenes without labels.
$6.75
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This activity pack for Martin Luther King Day is for students with special needs, those who need picture supported text, or who need pictures to communicate. There is a biography about Dr. King, with 2 levels of picture supported text →
$3.25
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If you're struggling to provide standards based curriculum to your students with language disorders or significant communication needs, this science related language resource; with interactive books, sorting and defining activities, is for
$13.00
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Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This pack contains • a therapist-written book about animals (17 of them) arranged by color. • Each page has a photograph of the animal and important
$6.50
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Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your groups of special education students with the materials for The Little Red Hen; covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading & writing & word work,
$15.50
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Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Here is a resource that includes: an 18 page clinician written book about rocks that includes information, pictures, and some
$5.00
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This resource provides picture and text based learning for the vocabulary and language of the shapes, spatial/locative/quantitative/qualitative concepts, numbers, and objects used in Math. It is useful for speech-language therapy and special
$11.00
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This is an introductory book about habitats. A grade 2-3 informational text has been simplified for students with language disorders, autism. Complex sentences have been simplified, concepts have been made as concrete as possible without diluting
$4.75
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Meet the CCSS requirement for informational text in Special Education with this clinician written 17 page book about bats with a lot of facts. This book can be used in general education elementary classes and special education middle school or
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Introduce your students to bears with these interactive, beginning informational texts for young children or students with special needs. There is a 14pg. book about bears (black and brown) and another book about polar bears. Each book page has a
$4.00
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &; writing
$17.50
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4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught 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 conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. 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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