Susan Berkowitz

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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, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$2.50
22 ratings
3.9
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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, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$2.50
23 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (9.43 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This bundle of communication symbol sentence practice for AAC users will de-streess your planning time. Made-for-you graphics with symbols to help students practice using phrases and sentences are here for you. For students who need additional
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$18.25
$14.60
26 ratings
4.0
Bundle
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
17 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting AAC users and looking for 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 one
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$50.25
$40.00
19 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting augmentative communicators in your speech therapy or special ed classroom groups and are not sure where and how to begin to support nonverbal or minimally verbal students: Then this AAC Starter Kit resource is for you!Containing
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$84.25
$68.00
23 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
27 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Your AAC users need a system that has a robust vocabulary and is based on core words. This relatively inexpensive communication book is just what you need to get them started. With 2 different sizes of core word boards to choose from and multiple
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Assessment, Printables, For Parents
$16.50
23 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (16.54 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for: * matching items with their location, function, and associated items, sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
13 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (47.25 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address. There are a variety of different placemats with communication symbols/visual cues at a wide range of complexity. There are
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$3.25
13 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (12.53 MB)
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, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$1.75
12 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (25.73 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Answering Wh-questions is particularly difficult for some students with language disorders. Often the confusion comes with not knowing which kind of word answers what type of questions. This is the focus of my Wh-Question Program here and my
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.00
11 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need more structured practice with your AAC users, then this resource is for you. Practice sequencing symbols into phrases for aac users and those with limited language skills This set focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 40 practice
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
18 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (37.91 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Storybooks are used a lot in Speech-Language therapy to increase language skills and help student learn about story structure and narratives. You will find in this resource activities for at least 5 sessions to go with the book for: 1. vocabulary
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
26 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (13.02 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Get instant help with core vocabulary intervention in your curriculum for emerging communicators, AAC users, students with complex communication needs. This is the 3rd set of core word interactive books for teaching beginning aac users how to use
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$13.00
12 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (117.28 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Work on social language skills related to using the telephone. While the prevalence of cell phones and voice mail has decreased our use of landlines and message-taking, it is still important for students with social and functional language deficits
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
5 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (1.97 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Improve students' oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills with this collections of story elements pictures, visual cues, and how-to information. These materials offer lots and lots of practice for students at all levels of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$7.50
8 ratings
4.0
Digital Download KEY (228.92 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language learning disabilities learn better with visual cues, and with repeated practice. Here are 7 life skills file folder activities for special education classrooms or independent work in speech-language therapy, where students can
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$4.25
19 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (134.68 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to teach core vocabulary use to beginning to intermediate AAC users; this resourceis for you and your students! The resource covers the 2nd half of the Year of Core Words from PrAACticalAAC.org. • There is some background discussion of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$16.00
21 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (138.36 MB)
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:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
11 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (13.02 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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