Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Verbal problem solving is difficult for students with language learning disorders and expressive language problems. Students with language disorders can have difficulty with formulating explanations or telling what to do. This is a set of 180 game
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
155
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn the meaning of signs they see in their community and on the street. These life skills activity can help students not only recognize the signs, but comprehend what each sign means and what they
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
110
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use role playing to help prepare students in Special Education 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
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$3.00
41
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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
59
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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
31
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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
32
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
31
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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
22
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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
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language or executive function disorders who have a difficult time knowing what to do or say in problem situations? Daily living can give rise to all sorts of basic problem situations, and students need to know what
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$4.00
6
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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
12
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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
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on core word implementation in your curriculum for AAC users. These clinician created interactive books illustrate each of the first 6 core words and give students practice with using them in the books and activities. Curriculum planning for:
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$23.00
$18.20
12
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students think through being prepared for the situation or event; which is difficult for some students whose executive function skills aren't always on point. Knowing what needs to be taken with one to different places and/or on different
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of letters to build phrases and sentences. This is for work with augmentative communication (AAC) users who need to work on moving beyond single word responses to more phrases and even
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$4.00
11
Digital Download PDF (9.64 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn the meaning of signs they see in their community and on the street. These life skills activity can help students not only recognize the signs, but comprehend what each sign means and what they
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn to associate appropriate clothing for different weather conditions/seasons. This life skills activity can help students associate specific types of clothing with differing weather and make
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Internet Activities
$3.00
2
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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:
Special Education, Life Skills, Earth Day
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
This deck will help students learn which items belong in which aisle or department of the grocery store. This resource in similar to an activity in my life skills file folder resource, which is a printable file folder activity. Students in tele
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$4.00
Digital Download PDF (102.64 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Students need to learn to categorize every day items by where they can be found in the stores in their community. This deck will help them learn which items can be found in which stores. Each card has a "shopping list" of 3 pictured items and a
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Adult Education
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (1.56 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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