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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort and do laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.Language is easily built through
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
54
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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:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.00
18
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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 and activities featuring core words with older student images. Done for you
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Fun Stuff
$65.00
$52.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are your students struggling with Wh questions? Learning how to answer Wh questions can be difficult for students with language disorders, especially students with autism. Imagine having enough Wh Questions materials to finally get you to student
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$38.50
$30.80
23
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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:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
45
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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$4.00
13
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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:
Problem Solving, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
9th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$6.00
$5.10
21
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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:
Geography, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.25
56
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By Susan Berkowitz
This big resource, which is a book companion for '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
Subjects:
School Counseling, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
19
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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, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$5.75
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Fairy tales and folk tales are great for teaching about story elements. They have definite problems with solutions and interesting characters and setting. Help your students learn about story elements and help them with story retelling with this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$6.00
11
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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.75
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
One of the key language skills that students need for academic and social success is an understanding of the elements and parts to a story. Story grammar is a part of understanding every storybook, historical events, and most conversations.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Literature, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Graphic Organizers, Activities
$21.00
$16.60
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
This 5 senses resource, which is over 100 pages, contains 5 books - one for each of the five senses, all with picture support! Each of the five books comes with activities relating to the five senses and teacher instructions, as well as before and
Subjects:
Science, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Nonfiction Book Study, Printables
$11.00
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students struggle to answer questions about how to solve problems or tell what to do in difficult situations? Answering questions about problem situations can be difficult for students with language disorders. Help them formulate
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$10.25
162
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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:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$7.75
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a combined set of 180 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,
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$18.00
$14.20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for resources to help your students improve oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills? Use this collection of story elements pictures, visual cues, graphic organizers, and how-to information. These materials offer lots and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$8.50
14
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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:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.00
26
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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:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.50
19
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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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