Susan Berkowitz

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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
Bring awesome informational texts to your students with special needs and teach their vocabulary in speech therapy! This resource will help you teach U.S. Geography, including major landmarks, locations, and famous places. This targeted vocabulary
Subjects:
Special Education, Geography, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.25
55
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
27
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By Susan Berkowitz
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.Contents:•
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.2, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, SL.K.4
$4.75
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working to meet the need for more informational text in special education? Need to provide modified materials for your students with language disorders in general education? Teach them about the weather with this clinician written text, provided at
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$8.25
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource, which is over 100 pages, contains 5 books - one for each of the five senses, all with picture support from Smarty Symbols! Each of the five books comes with activities relating to the five senses and teacher instructions, as well as
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$11.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Rosa Parks is an icon of the desegregation movement, and this adapted biography makes informational text about her accessible to students who are in special education or speech-language therapy. Using picture assisted text, interactive informational
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Black History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Adapted informational text for students with language disorders that is specifically differentiated for them. This is a therapist-created book about African animals, to meet the Common Core requirement for more expository/nonfiction texts in
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$6.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach students vocabulary and language of routine tasks for daily living skills in the bathroom. Life skills routines are a great time to teach language and communication skills. This packet contains:The 4 bathroom visual scenes have pictures and
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is perfect for providing standards-based differentiation curriculum to your students with language disorder or communication needs. Inside to help you with differentiation you'll find 5 books with game boards, vocabulary cards, and
Subjects:
Special Education, General Science, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Thematic Unit Plans, Printables
$13.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
Special Education, Back to School, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
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,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Guided Reading Books, Printables
$15.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
This activity pack for Martin Luther King Day for speech therapy is for students with special needs, those who need picture supported text, or who need pictures to communicate. This is a biography about Dr. King, with 2 levels of picture supported
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Life skills often need direct, explicit instruction in order for students to know how to participate in them, talk about them, and understand the vocabulary of them.This highly interactive unit for eating out at both fast food restaurants and nicer
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is an introductory interactive book about habitats for speech therapy or special education. Get more informational text into your Science curriculum or to keep students in step with their peers. A grade 2-3 informational text has been
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Science, Special Education
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RI.K.1, RI.1.7, RF.K.1a, RF.K.1b, RF.K.2a, RF.K.2b, RF.K.2c...
$17.50
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Target prepositions, directions,following and giving descriptions with this fun resource using everyone's favorite topic - dinosaurs. This interactive language-based resource about Dinosaurs includes:⭐ A 24 page interactive book with dinosaur facts⭐
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This is a clinician created adapted book for describing animals by color and learning about them. Describe, compare, contrast animals and tell details of
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3, RI.1.7
$6.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Learn about rocks with interactive activities and books while having fun. This resource includes:An 18 page clinician written book
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is perfect for supporting learning of vocabulary, sequences, and concepts about transportation. Have students categorize vocabulary, sequence activities and processes, and play some language games.This resource provides interactive
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
9
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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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