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
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a classic storybook that offers multiple language opportunities for working on vocabulary, sequencing, categories, and - of course - retelling. Storybooks are used a lot in Speech-Language therapy to increase language skills and help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, SL.K.2, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.1.5a
$6.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Storybooks are a great way to work on language skills; sespecially vocabulary and story grammar. The sequencing style of books (i.e. There was an old lady who...") are great for sequencing, talking abut fact v. fiction, and describing. This
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Using storybooks in speech therapy and early education provides students with knowledge about story structure and offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, describing, sequencing and re-telling.This resource is lots of language-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$3.75
10
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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
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
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
In this resource for IBIS A True Whale Story you will find materials to hit target CCSS and specific language skills. Multiple language activities work on skills for sequencing, vocabulary, and character and setting description. Contents:*lesson
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Interactive Notebooks
$5.50
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Book companions are used widely by speech pathologists to build language skills through literature. Here are some activities you can do with your students to extend the learning with the book Bill and Pete by Tomie de Paola. There is a lot of fun
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
5
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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:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Staff
Types:
Other, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support students as they learn how to identify rhyming words. Phonological awareness skills are critical to literacy learning. Reading/decoding is predicated on students understanding the sound system of language.Each card presents a picture and
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Build vocabulary for colors with Bear Sees Colors. Students have fun following Bear through the forest seeing all the colors. On each color spread, help children find and name the colors. Make interactive books, complete puzzles, and other fun
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
4
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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 about taking care of a pet and visiting the vet
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.75
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support students as they learn how to identify how many syllables in words. Phonological awareness skills are critical to literacy learning. Reading/decoding is predicated on students understanding the sound system of language.Each card presents
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.50
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have ixed groups that have multiple targets to plan for each session? Let this set of game cards help you meet the needs of all your students in speech-language therapy. Included are 168 cards that cover a variety of language skills to
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Task Cards
$6.00
6
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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:
Special Education, EFL - ESL - ELD, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.75
2
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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:
Reading, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$4.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on building language and literacy skills with your special needs students, but struggling with hitting all the bases? Then this group of resources is for you.Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$17.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Books are great ways to help students with language skills of vocabulary, sequencing, comparing, predicting, re-telling, and more! This resource focuses on vocabulary, comparing, rhyming, and Wh/comprehension questions in particular. Vocabulary for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.75
6
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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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