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 resource is for you if you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for
Subjects:
Special Education, Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
33
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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
28
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By Susan Berkowitz
Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication needs - often have few opportunities to create genuine written
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.75
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Searching for writing activities to implement with your students?? While many students are reluctant writers, students with language and reading disorders often have an even harder time! These students are encouraged through success with genuine
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Great for building seasonal vocabulary and language for your students with language impairments. Teaching through storybooks or informational texts builds language skills in contextual activities. The 9 different language activities in this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.2, RI.K.1, RI.K.3, RI.1.1, RI.1.3, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.1f, L.K.4, L.K.5a...
$4.25
13
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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
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:
Special Education, Professional Development, Reading Strategies
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents, For Parents
$3.00
14
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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
AAC users and other emergent writers often need to use alternative pencils. Use of word banks is best practices for creating genuine writing opportunities to these students. These topic boards can be used for several purposes: ☀They can serve as
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.75
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are four file folder activities for phonological awareness; the Reading Foundation skills in the CCSS; including initial and final sounds in words, counting syllables in words, and rhyming words in word families.Phonological awareness skills
Subjects:
Reading, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
11
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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
'Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One' by Kate Duke is the perfect book for teaching students how to build stories and what story elements are needed. This book walks students through the process of creating each story element and building upon them.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.50
7
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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
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
The Gingerbread Man is a familiar story for students to use to practice describing, sequencing, retelling, vocabulary, and more receptive and expressive language tasks. These storybook-based materials for building language and meeting targets with
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$5.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
This simple book provides opportunities to practice verb tense and noun derivatives in intervention, or in a classroom. Multiple language targets for multi-level and/or different groups are provided.Inside this resource for language development you
Subjects:
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users and other emergent writers often need alternative pencils. Using word banks has been shown in the research to be a good place to start. These topic text boards can be used for several purposes: ⭐ They can serve as communication boards
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.75
2
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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:
Spelling, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$6.00
5
Digital Download PDF (5.21 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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