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
If your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations, then this problem solving resource is for them! Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.50
166
Digital Download PDF (11.57 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students in special education who are getting ready to apply for work? Do you need to prepare them for job interviews? Use role-playing to help your students land the jobs they want and need. Here is the resource that provides
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$3.75
62
Digital Download PDF (6.87 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students lack appropriate social language skills? If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource, with specific lessons and visual cues, will
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Scripts
$3.75
44
Digital Download ZIP (33.22 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a requested bundle of aac core vocabulary, language in life skills, and developing narratives resources appropriate for adolescents. It includes AAC core word activities, games, and interactive books for teens; language in life skills
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$131.25
$105.00
4
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Trying to teach your nonverbal students not to reach or grab at the table? Need a way for them to ask for what they want? Working on table setting, too? Placemat communication boards are really handy at mealtimes! If you are teaching AAC and life
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.25
28
Digital Download PDF (15.33 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a combined set of 180 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems,
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$18.25
$14.60
17
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$4.00
65
Digital Download PDF (55.92 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines, like sorting and doing the laundry, are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Problem Solving
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$5.75
56
Digital Download PDF (34.23 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for core word based communication boards your students can use to play games? Here are 5 picture communication boards that can be used with generic card games, and some specific games; such as Trouble™, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders™, and
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$5.00
15
Digital Download PDF (10.46 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students think through being prepared for the situation or event; which is difficult for some students whose executive function skills aren't always on point. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$7.00
15
Digital Download PDF (36.75 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language or executive function disorders who have a difficult time knowing what to do or say in problem situations? Daily living can give rise to all sorts of basic problem situations, and students need to know what
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$4.00
16
Digital Download PDF (1.62 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty knowing the right thing to say? Do they have trouble connecting what people are saying to their facial expressions and body language? Can they read the mis-match between one person’s speech and another’s expression?
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$4.50
19
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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Lesson, Printables
$6.00
24
Digital Download PDF (9.37 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Use routines and daily activities to support language skills and associations. Life skills activities are a great way to support students in speech therapy who need language support in their daily lives. Many students learn language during the
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$8.50
85
Digital Download PDF (139.77 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need activities for basic concepts skills? Look no further for simple yet engaging activities to practice language skills for vocabulary concepts needed in daily living activities. Students with language learning disabilities, including
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$4.25
23
Digital Download PDF (174.82 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Build receptive and expressive language skills 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 language every time. They provide
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$35.25
$28.20
14
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students with weak executive functioning skills? Do your students need help dressing for the weather in appropriate clothing or choosing the right clothes for the occasion? Can they talk about why they make their choices? We might
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson, Activities
$6.00
34
Digital Download PDF (153.64 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Practice sequencing skills for life skills tasks, for building conversational skills and personal narratives, and for telling and retelling stories. Here are some simple 3 & 4 picture sequences for students to complete. Includes sentence
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Lesson
$5.50
7
Digital Download PDF (12.04 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching students to recognize safety and community signs isn't functional unless you teach them what the signs mean. Do your students know what to do or not do when they see these signs? Print resource can be used as a file folder activity or as
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Printables
$8.00
$6.80
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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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