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Susan Berkowitz

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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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
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
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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:
8th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables, Other
$8.00
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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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Guided Reading Books, Printables
$15.50
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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:
Writing, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
$3.75
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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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$6.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you want to introduce genuine writing to your students with special needs, language disorders, or Complex Communication Needs, this bundle of writing activities is for you! From using alternative pencils to writing simple stories ( from 1
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$17.25
$13.80
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By Susan Berkowitz
Developing narrative skills in our students is critical for their academic and social success. This Professional Development handout discusses types of narratives, why they are important to develop explicitly in students who are AAC users, and how
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Handouts, Professional Documents
$4.00
5
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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:
Writing, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
$2.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Four familiar stories for shared reading activities to build language and literacy skills for emergent communicators in AAC and emergent literacy skill development for students with complex or significant disabilities. This bundle of familiar
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literacy Center Ideas, Guided Reading Books
$66.00
$52.80
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working on building language and literacy skills with your special needs students, but struggling with hitting all the bases? Then this group of resources is for you.Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$17.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Practice with recognizing and using adjectives of color; with completing sentences and reading comprehension for color words as just some of the ways you can use this resource.Students choose the color to complete the sentence; you decide the array
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.75
5
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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 Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading and writing
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Guided Reading Books, Printables
$16.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for some new and fun ways to introduce genuine writing activities into your speech-language therapy or special ed classrooms, try this! Emergent writers in special education don't get enough genuine writing activities. While
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$4.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students in Special Education and many of those in general education who have language disorders are all needing to step up to access general education curriculum. For these students we need to make modifications and adaptations so that the material
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$10.00
Digital Download PDF (32.57 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Some research indicates that children with expressive/oral language deficits are 4-5 times more likely than peers to have reading & writing problems. One strategy for reading comprehension is connecting text to self; students’ understanding
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
This pack of story element posters and cards makes it easy for you to teach and reinforce students about the basic story elements and how to uncover the clues in the text that tell them what they need to know.Understanding the basic story elements
Subjects:
Literature, Reading Strategies, Reading
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Posters, Classroom Forms
$3.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a summer writing project that you can send home with students over the summer and review when school starts up again. Students practice writing skills over the summer, and provide you with sufficient information to help them develop a
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Summer
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$3.50
2
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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:
Writing, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
$1.75
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a sample of my UPDATED summer writing project that you can send home with students over the summer and review when school starts up again. Students practice writing skills over the summer, and provide you with sufficient information to help
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
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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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