Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Being a good friend can be difficult for some students. Help your students become kinder, better friends, and generally good people with this interactive friendship activity! This can be used for independent friendship learning or as a friendship
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Classroom Community, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$4.25
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By Susan Berkowitz
You need AAC resources that make implementation of core word strategies for early communicators so much easier! If you are looking for curriculum materials and activities to teach your beginning AAC communicators here is a fantastic bundle of my 6
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Games, Lesson
$21.00
$16.80
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Struggling to find engaging core vocabulary activities to give your AAC users the 200 opportunities each day they need to practice using their AAC systems to become competent communicators? Try these engaging activities for teaching core words in
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games
$8.00
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Incorporate shared reading strategies for language and literacy instruction into your group of speech therapy or special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, 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
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Love using stories in therapy? The Gingerbread Man is a familiar story for students to use to practice describing, sequencing, retelling, vocabulary, and more receptive and expressive language tasks. Save time with these engaging storybook-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Lesson, Activities
$5.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Out of time for prepping your next therapy session for practicing verbs/action words?This package of printables allows you to hit the copy machine and go -> straight to therapy.You can also use this pdf on your iPad in iBooks. Students can name
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.75
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more core words teaching materials? Move your AAC users beyond a simple "No" for negation. These 3 core words books - each of which focuses on negation in a phrase - are just what you need to expand their language. This resource is a
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$11.75
$9.40
8
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need more resources for working on prepositions? Teaching prepositions to students with language disorders or delays can be difficult and repetitious. In this resource, practice prepositional phrases and sentences with winter themed
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$4.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need adapted materials to teach students with language disorders about bears? Introduce your students to bears with these interactive, beginning informational texts for young children or students with special needs. Includes craftivities for brown
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Informational Text, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Activities
CCSS:
RI.K.1, RI.1.1, RI.1.7, RI.2.1, L.K.1f
$4.00
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a single page sample of a categorizing activity, adding ice cream scoops to their category cones. I have included 3 category cones and 9 ice cream scoops to give you an idea of what the whole resource is like. Inside the full resource pack
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.5a
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're teaching core words to beginning AAC users you know they need a lot of practice in a variety of contexts. Interactive books and pictures can provide the extra generalization practice they need.AAC users need core words in order to build
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Internet Activities
$32.00
$25.60
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you like repeating line books for your students' participation, try this 16 pg. clinician authored book about a dog who chews things in the house. He chews a different number of things each day. (Somewhat like a caterpillar we all know). The book
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Guided Reading Books
$6.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students learn vocabulary better with thematic activities that build receptive and expressive language skills with repetition and variation, like this farm themed resource. Focus on nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions with interactive activities
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$6.75
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on multiple target skills - especially in mixed groups - with this resource for following directions and making sentences. This versatile resource can be used in two main ways; for following directions and for practice making sentences. The
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$3.60
20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun way to teach shapes? Do your students have a hard time finding shapes in common objects? Try these interactive books and activities to teach them to recognize shapes all around them.Contents:4 interactive books illustrating shapes
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Centers, Activities, Printables
$5.50
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you work with mixed groups in speech language therapy, you know that you need to be able to target multiple goals at once. These preposition game cards (along with my other sets) for language are perfect for customizing the target skills within
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Task Cards, Centers
$3.00
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching colors and shapes, and looking for related language activities, this bundle is absolutely for you. It is chock-full of interactive activities that will keep your students engaged in learning about colors and shapes.Included are
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Games
$17.75
$14.20
1
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Want more resources for teaching core words to AAC users using stories and books? This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "more," one of the beginning core words used by toddlers, early/emerging
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$4.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users need opportunities to practice using core words both in context and out. Practice using simple sentences with colors with engaging graphics by pointing to the symbols on the core word communication board. Students must select all 3 words
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Internet Activities
$4.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Build vocabulary for colors with Bear Sees Colors. Students have fun following Bear through the forest seeing all the colors. On each color spread, help children find and name the colors. Make interactive books, complete puzzles, and other fun
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Early Intervention, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Lesson, Activities, Printables
$5.00
5
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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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