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By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders struggle with wh questions. This fall themed resource is a great way to teach wh questions that will keep your students engaged and interested! Many SLPs like myself spend a lot of time teaching wh questions to
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
When working with students that have language disorders you know how difficult wh questions can be for them! This resource contains a winter theme filled with wh question examples to help your students better grasp what is a wh question and what
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials to teach about Martin Luther King Day in speech therapy or special education? My Martin Luther King Day Bundle for Special Education includes:An adapted biography with picture assisted text, Comprehension questions,Activities,
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.25
$5.00
6
Bundle
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, Black History Month, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need more resources for working on prepositions? Teaching prepositions to students with language disorders or delays can be difficult and repetitious. In this resource, practice prepositional phrases and sentences with winter themed
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 8 activity-based picture communication boards for summer for your AAC users. AAC users all need a robust AAC system, but having core word based activity boards can be useful when engaging in specific activities.There are 6 boards with 32
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.1, SL.K.1b, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, L.K.1b, L.K.5c
$7.25
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
You know students learn best through thematic units that build vocabulary sets with multiple variations and repetitions. Here are activities to teach your AAC users extended core vocabulary for a Summer theme. This resource provides AAC users with
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$16.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Trying to find materials to teach consistent vocabulary to your AAC users? Provide your AAC users with extended core and fringe vocabulary by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$15.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this resource to help teach students what is
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Being able to explain how things are the same, are different, and why is a skill we practice in language intervention. Being able to see, describe, and explain the critical features of two different objects, actions, or events is a critical
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Earth Day is when we tend to focus on recycling and Earth conservation, but our students should be recycling and taking care of our Earth all of the time. Teach students how to recycle properly by using the easy-to-assemble boxes to sort paper,
Subjects:
Life Skills, Earth Day, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Enjoy this Halloween version of communication symbol phrase practice. More great practice for your aac users with core words, or for students who need visual cues to assist them with increasing utterances.A combination of phrase types are provided
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.25
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support your AAC users all through the year with 4 seasonal resources for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall that cover both core words and fringe vocabulary. There are many different interactive and engaging activities in each resource and students
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$64.00
$51.50
3
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
The solution for your hunt for adapted materials for biographies amd imformational texts is right here! This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The biographies are supplies with two different levels of
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Presidents' Day, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.25
$5.80
10
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
In order to make Special Education more robust we adapt content from the curriculum to meet their unique needs. For students with limited communication skills, this might mean adapting content area materials to provide symbol support for reading or
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Informational Text, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
4
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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:
Back to School, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Keep students practicing answering Wh Questions all summer long. Use the Wh-question game board to play a game, or ask your student/child one question each day. Each space on the board has a Wh -question for the day. Use the beach scene and the
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
This game provides some excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills. So many of our students with language disorders have a difficult time with finding or formulating the right language for the
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.50
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is another practice resource for your implementation for AAC (augmentative communication) users or students with limited expressive language; this time featuring more complex sentences - those with adjectives and prepositions. The theme is
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Formulation and comprehension of description clues is the focus of these activities. This resource is for you if you are targeting understanding and expression of descriptive language. Can students understand what they hear? Can they describe
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
CCSS:
SL.1.3, SL.1.4
$4.50
2
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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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