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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
Life skills are those skills needed for independent living, and include a variety of daily living, job, and community living skills. Language is easily built through these routine tasks, where the vocabulary, sequence, and descriptions are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Problem Solving
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
51
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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
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
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
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
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 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
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:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$38.50
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users learning core words. Finding AAC implementation resources that are focused on older students can be really difficult. Here are interactive books featuring core words with older student images. Let my TEEN focused resources help
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$63.50
$51.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource, which is over 100 pages, contains 5 books - one for each of the five senses, all with picture support from Smarty Symbols! Each of the five books comes with activities relating to the five senses and teacher instructions, as well as
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$11.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Rosa Parks is an icon of the desegregation movement, and this adapted biography makes informational text about her accessible to students who are in special education or speech-language therapy. Using picture assisted text, interactive informational
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Black History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
17
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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, Cooperative Learning
$3.75
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
This activity pack for Martin Luther King Day for speech therapy is for students with special needs, those who need picture supported text, or who need pictures to communicate. This is a biography about Dr. King, with 2 levels of picture supported
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Martin Luther King Day
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help students learn language through literature and discussion of stories. This is a file of adapted materials for differentiated learning/special education for the book "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World"This is a fun book no matter where
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Guided Reading Books, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.50
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This is a clinician created adapted book for describing animals by color and learning about them. Describe, compare, contrast animals and tell details of
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3, RI.1.7
$6.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Learn about rocks with interactive activities and books while having fun. This resource includes:An 18 page clinician written book
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This adapted biography of Abraham Lincoln with picture supported text comes in 2 levels of picture support for differentiation within your group. Special education and speech therapy students can learn about Lincoln with easy to follow text,
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Presidents' Day
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.50
7
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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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