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Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need to learn what community signs actually mean? Teaching them to identify safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.Most programs only teach sign or symbol discrimination but
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
119
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations? Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with language disorders. Help them formulate
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.25
162
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students who are getting ready for work? Do you need to prepare them for job interviews? Here is the resource that provides sample interview questions, strength and weakness surveys and even appropriate attire questions. Use
Subjects:
Life Skills, Vocational Education, Special Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Simulations, Activities, Printables
$3.00
49
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty processing language? Are you looking for therapy materials that focus on listening to descriptions and language processing skills? In Listening to Descriptions students use their language processing skills to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$6.75
70
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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort and do laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.Language is easily built through
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
54
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By Susan Berkowitz
Answering wh questions can be very difficult skill for many children with language disorders and complex communication needs to master. Answering wh questions while using picture prompts are a great way to add additional wh question practice to your
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$8.50
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
Language skills and daily activities support each other. Life skills activities are a great way to support students in speech therapy who need language support in their daily lives. Many students learn language during the repetition of routines.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
84
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a combined set of 180 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and language disorders. This resource provides an opportunity to practice solving problems,
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$18.00
$14.20
14
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need a language activity that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is the perfect pragmatics activity for your speech therapy classroom! This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students with weak executive functioning skills? Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? Can they talk about why they make their choices? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
Frustrated by figuring out simple therapy materials for mixed groups? Need materials to cover a range of language skills all in one place? This is a set of more than 300 cards for language skills that can be used as task cards in a classroom or
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
$14.75
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides lots of fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
32
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By Susan Berkowitz
Some children - especially those with certain disabilities; like language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome - have difficulty with identifying how they feel in certain social situations, reacting appropriately to those
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, School Psychology, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Games
$3.00
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the Common Core State Standards for Language and for Speaking-Listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with the revised and improved Interactive Notebook for Language Skills.
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...
$23.50
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
Identifying how they feel can be difficult for some students, particularly those with Autism or with Developmental Disabilities or Intellectual Disabilities. Feelings are not as concrete as some other terms and labels.. Use these 96 cards as a
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Games
$5.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're struggling with speech students who don't understand wh questions, or are having a hard time with their auditory memory when it comes to formulating answers, this is the perfect resource for you! I have been teaching wh questions for years
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Games
$3.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Most SLPs in the schools have mixed groups to deal with; which means mixed targets to work into a single session. This bundle of game cards covers many of the skills your students are working on; including: categorization, plurals, possessives and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$37.00
$29.60
5
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
This game & task card bundle is great for working on social language skills relating to the telephone in speech language therapy! You might think that the prevalence of using cell phones and voice mail, not to mention texting, have decreased our
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
9
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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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