Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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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,
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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
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In this resource for IBIS A True Whale Story you will find materials to hit target CCSS and specific language skills: *lesson plan ideas for 5 days and comprehension questions per Bloom’s taxonomy *12 vocabulary cards and 3 animal fact cards, plus
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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
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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
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading and writing
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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 washing the car provides them with multiple
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In this resource for Stellaluna you will find materials to hit target CCSS and specific language skills: *lesson plan ideas for 5 days and comprehension questions per Bloom’s taxonomy *14 vocabulary cards plus 14 interactive notebook pocket flaps
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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
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Storybooks are perfect for building language skills in students in both general education and special ed, or speech-language therapy. Books give students access to experiences and vocabulary they won't get in the classroom or home. In this book
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Students in Special Education and many of those in general education who have language disorders are all needing to step up to access general education curriculum. For these students we need to make modifications and adaptations so that the material
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Use the pictures on these story dice as visual prompts to help kids formulate short stories. Make them funny, sad, mysterious or more. These 30 dice, each with 6 choices to roll for answering Who, did What, When, and Where, as well as dice for
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This is a sample of my UPDATED summer writing project that you can send home with students over the summer and review when school starts up again. Students practice writing skills over the summer, and provide you with sufficient information to help
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This is a small sampling of the resources in my TPT store; highlighting the types of resources I sell for AAC, speech-language therapy, and literacy skills development. I have book companions, language games, augmentative communication resources,
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This resource provides lots of possibilities for helping students of all Elementary grades develop more complex narrative structures and move from simple sentences to complex story episodes. This is a free sample of my Time to Tell Stories story
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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 bundle of resources provides you with many lessons, from Caring for a Pet
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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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