Susan Berkowitz

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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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Incorporate shared reading strategies for language and literacy instruction into your group of speech therapy or special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, 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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on building language and literacy skills with your students, but struggling to hit all the objectives? Stories like The 3 Billy Goats Gruff are perfect for working on a variety of language objectives. Incorporate shared reading and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Centers, Activities
$17.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students who struggle with spelling, including those with dyslexia, often have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words and - more importantly - where those sounds move and change - to create other words. Here are (2 sets) of 90 practice words,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Spelling
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Task Cards, Centers, Printables
$6.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your student sessions with these language building activities and materials for The Little Red Hen; covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading & writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$15.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
If your students are reluctant to write and you have run out of ideas to motivate them, this resource is for you. While many students are reluctant writers, students with language and reading disorders often have an even harder time with literacy
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Centers, Printables
CCSS:
W.K.2, W.K.3, W.1.1, W.1.2, W.1.3, W.2.3, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.4.3, W.4.4
$8.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students struggle with phonological awareness and beginning sounds in words? My word families task cards can help! Some of our earliest reading activities are with word families. Using onset-rime to help students move forward with phonics
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Task Cards, Centers, Assessment
$4.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Practice with recognizing and using adjectives of color; with completing sentences and reading comprehension for color words as just some of the ways you can use this resource.Students choose the color to complete the sentence; you decide the array
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
$3.75
5
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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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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who don't know or understand reading strategies, or can't use them without constant reminders? These visual cue cards are perfect for those students who need visual cues to help them remember what strategies they have and can
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Centers
$3.00
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Emergent communicators and AAC users often do not get sufficient early literacy instruction. The 3 resources in this comprehensive bundle work to build early literacy skill through phonological and pyemic awareness. Build CVC and CVCC words with
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Centers, Activities
$18.00
$14.40
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By Susan Berkowitz
Want to keep your students writing over the Summer? Looking for ways to make those Summer memories turn into narratives? This is a Summer writing project that you can send home with students and review when school starts up again. Students practice
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Summer
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$3.50
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching early literacy activities in therapy? Students learn onset-rime with short vowel CVCC word families, with or without the book, "Rhyming Dust Bunnies," using these multiple interactive phonological awareness activities to practice early
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$6.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout for teachers, speech-language pathologists and parents that describes strategies for developing literacy skills in students who are nonverbal and are using augmentative communication. Adults working with these students frequently
Subjects:
Professional Development, Reading Strategies, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Documents
$3.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need some fun materials to build rhyming skills? Learn onset-rime with short 'a' word families, with or without the book, "Rhyming Dust Bunnies," using these multiple interactive phonological awareness and phonics activities to practice early
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$6.00
Digital Download PDF (50.28 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for some new and fun ways to introduce genuine writing activities into your speech-language therapy or special ed classrooms, try this! Emergent writers in special education don't get enough genuine writing activities. While
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
$4.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 12 task cards to demonstrate my Word Family task cards that work on phoneme manipulation (deleting the initial sound and adding a new sound) to make words.This is an important skill for developing reading and decoding/encoding skills.Many
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Spelling
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Task Cards, Centers, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Phonological awareness skills are the foundational skills for reading, and are language-based. Here is another tool to help you build those skills in struggling students with language disorders.Practice phonological awareness skills with this large
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Centers, Activities, Games
$6.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Some research indicates that children with expressive/oral language deficits are 4-5 times more likely than peers to have reading & writing problems. One strategy for reading comprehension is connecting text to self; students’ understanding
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$5.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Level up your students' rhyming skills, one of the reading foundation skills, with this resource; in which you will find materials you can use as a companion to the book Frog on a Log?, but they can be used without the book, as well, in your
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Centers, Activities
CCSS:
RF.K.2, RF.K.2a
$5.00
Digital Download PDF (62.53 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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