Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders can have difficulty with formulating explanations or telling what to do. This is a set of 180 game cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$10.25
143 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Try this helpful resource for students to learn the meanings of signs they see in the community and on the street. Not only do students need to recognize the signs; they need to comprehend what each sign means and what it means they should do/not
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.25
84 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (26.42 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Have your students use role playing to help prepare them for job interview questions, and answer questions about knowing what to do and what not to do, as well as a list of appropriate accommodations for persons with cognitive disabilities (and some
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$3.00
33 ratings
3.9
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$4.00
44 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear boots in the summer and party dresses to the playground, but many children and adults with various
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
30 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (120.55 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$7.75
26 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
While we know that teaching AAC in natural contexts is most important, we also know that often our students need additional structured practice. Don't know what to do in therapy sessions? Here is a solution for you to give students more
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
42 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (17.45 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$3.00
25 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (5.88 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Parents
$16.50
23 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (16.54 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address. There are a variety of different placemats with communication symbols/visual cues at a wide range of complexity. There are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$3.25
13 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (12.53 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues or
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$2.00
12 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.43 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Let me help you work core word implementation into your curriculum for AAC users. There are clinician created interactive books illustrating each of the first 6 core words and giving students practice with using them in the books and activities.
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$22.75
$18.20
11 ratings
3.9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students think through being prepared for the situation or event; which is difficult for some students. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different occasions can be confusing. Being organized enough to
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
13 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (28.26 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a combined set of 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, discussing
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$17.75
$14.20
6 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you work with augmentative communication users who need to work on moving beyond single word responses to more phrases and even sentences? Running out of ideas for ways to practice? This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$4.00
9 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (9.64 MB)
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:
Special Education, Life Skills, Earth Day
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (57.14 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system. The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
FREE
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (4.23 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free 4-page handout that talks about how we can best write IEP objectives for aac users and how to measure genuine communication - rather than arbitrary quantitative responses. I have lots of AAC resources in my store, both FREE and paid.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents
FREE
9 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This 3 page handout provides some basic useful strategies partners (teachers, parents, and SLPs) can use to encourage and increase communication skills and aac use in students who are learning to communicate with aac. Check out the AAC Custom
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Parents
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
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,
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents
FREE
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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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