Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders often have difficulty with both answering and asking Wh- questions. Help your students learn how to ask Wh- questions in speech therapy! This fun game gives students practice in answering Who, What, When, and Where
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.00
41
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By Susan Berkowitz
Bring awesome informational texts to your students with special needs and teach their vocabulary in speech therapy! This resource will help you teach U.S. Geography, including major landmarks, locations, and famous places. This targeted vocabulary
Subjects:
Special Education, Geography, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.25
55
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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:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.50
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun listening activity for students to identify common objects given descriptions. This activity can help students recognize objects by their functions, descriptive details, and associations.. * There are 30 cards with 3 lines of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
27
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.75
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
For many students with language disorders, answering Wh-questions is difficult, as are making inferences and predictions. Predicting and infering are often much more difficult than basic Wh questions. This game is a good tool in your intervention
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Games
$3.00
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games are often used by speech-language pathologists to increase receptive and expressive language skills, for giving and following directions, as well as comparing and contrasting and describing. They are a fun way for students to work
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$20.75
$16.60
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more.Contents:•
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.2, RI.K.4, RI.K.7, SL.K.4
$4.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4
$1.75
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
25
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty knowing the right thing to say? Do they have trouble connecting what people are saying to their facial expressions and body language? Can they read the mis-match between one person’s speech and another’s expression?
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.50
18
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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
Learning Wh questions can be difficult for students in speech therapy or with language disorders. In this huge bundle, I have compiled my signature resources and activities to teach Wh questions in speech therapy, such as:Answering Wh-questions
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$38.50
$30.80
21
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
This figurative language activity resource, containing multiple language activities, works with students discovering Amelia Bedelia's misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, and metaphors. The materials within this resource are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$5.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Answering What if questions can be particularly difficult; much more so than the standard Wh-questions. Understanding of cause and effect even with fairly
Subjects:
Special Education, Problem Solving, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$6.00
$5.10
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
This huge resource, which includes the book 'Pancakes for Breakfast', is for teaching and practicing pragmatics, or the understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental, and facial cues by using a wordless picture
Subjects:
Special Education, School Counseling, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
18
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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
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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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