Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for stimuli to use to build students' length of response that are consistent from single word to sentences? Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$7.50
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are looking for time-saving done for you AAC curriculum activities for core word intervention, this resource bundle offers supporting materials for PrAACticalAAC's Year of Core Words. I have combined the 1st 6 months and the 2nd 6 months into
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$53.00
$42.40
33
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the needs of mixed therapy groups and build multiple language skills. Increase language skills of naming, categorizing, describing, identifying function, and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment with the fun of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
You augmentative communication users need their communication partners to modeling core words consistently in order to learn to use AAC. Staff and parents all know how to use Aided Language Stimulation with this resource that offers background
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, Classroom Forms
$13.00
26
Digital Download PDF (23.70 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more core word based communication boards for your AAC users for specific activities? Not enough time to make them all? While activity-based communication boards should never be a student's primary AAC system, they can be very useful in
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Other
$14.00
44
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By Susan Berkowitz
"The Snowy Day" is a classic storybook that offers multiple language opportunities for working on vocabulary, sequencing, categories, and - of course - retelling. Storybooks are used a lot in Speech-Language therapy to increase language skills and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, SL.K.2, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.1.5a
$7.75
30
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
$4.00
64
Digital Download PDF (55.92 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more Wh question resources? Students with language disorders often struggle with answering wh questions. Whether it is understanding what answers go with which wh questions, or an issue with auditory memory and holding onto their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.75
19
Digital Download PDF (90.60 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Frustrated by finding easy to use therapy materials for mixed groups? Need materials to cover a range of language skills all in one place? This is a set of more than 300 cards for semantic relationship skills that can be used as task cards in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1e, L.K.5a, L.K.5b, L.1.1f, L.1.1i, L.1.5a, L.1.5b, L.2.1a
$13.75
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need engaging materials to build pragmatic language skills? This collection of social communication situations and problems will help you improve your students' social verbal and nonverbal communication through understanding of social cues, social
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
$8.00
42
Digital Download PDF (106.66 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Work on core vocabulary implementation in your curriculum for AAC users. These clinician created interactive books illustrate each of 6 core words and give students practice with using them in the books and activities. Curriculum planning for: Go,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$22.50
$18.00
16
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need to get comfortable with AAC? Get the top tips, plans, information, handouts, forms and fliers you need to implement AAC with confidence. Teach nonverbal students to use core words and fringe vocabulary with fidelity. Provide professional
Subjects:
Professional Development, Speech Therapy, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Professional Development, EBooks
$30.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have Spanish language AAC users on your caseload, but have a hard time finding bilingual resources for them? This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. Contents:set of 3 boards that progress
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Spanish, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$5.00
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines, like sorting and doing the laundry, are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.75
56
Digital Download PDF (34.23 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Want to feel more confident teaching core words to AAC users? My core words resources help you plan for integrating AAC core vocabulary implementation into your curriculum! Here are 6 interactive books illustrating how to use 6 descriptive core
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
16
Digital Download PDF (55.00 MB)
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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$26.25
$21.00
24
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have trouble coming up with situations for making predictions? Predicting and infering are much more difficult than basic Wh questions. Students with language disorders may have difficulty predicting what will happen, explaining outcomes,
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Games
$4.00
30
Digital Download PDF (36.93 MB)
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
Digital Download PDF (11.96 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells, these differentiated visual cues and templates are ready-made. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers, Printables
$5.00
35
Digital Download PDF (17.74 MB)
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
16
Digital Download PDF (1.62 MB)
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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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