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:
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
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC implementation resources to the rescue! Don't search for structured aac phrases and sentences practice. They are here! This is the 3rd set for phrase practice for aac users or those with limited language. • focus on pronoun + verb + object
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
19 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your students navigate the complexities of figurative language as you work with Amelia Bedelia and her misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, and other figurative language. These materials about idioms, metaphors, similes, and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$5.75
12 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working to meet the need for more informational text in special education? Need to provide modified materials for your students with language disorders in general education? Teach them about the weather with this clinician written text, provided at
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$8.25
11 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
While many students are reluctant writers, for students with language and reading disorders writing is even more painful. These students need to experience success with genuine writing activities, rather than receive writing assignments back from
Subjects:
Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Writing
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Other, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.75
16 ratings
3.7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on multiple tagret skills - especially in mixed groups - with this resource with multiple skills. This versatile resource can be used in two main ways; for following directions and for practice making sentences. And the latter skill can be
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
15 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with significant language disorders need visual supports for telling about items; even favorite objects brought for "Show and Tell." Being able to describe or tell about things is a crucial academic and social language skill. Here are
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Posters
$6.00
22 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
It can be frustrating to find or spend time making structured practice resources for your AAC users. But this bundle of resources will solve your headaches! A bundle of 7 resources for practicing sequencing communication symbols for AAC users and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$27.75
$22.20
13 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Using story books in intervention is a great way to increase students' language skills; building vocabulary, story structure knowledge and sequencing skills, among others. Adapting and modifying materials used with grade level stories ensures that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RF.K.2e, RF.1.2, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, L.K.1b, L.1.1f...
$6.75
19 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting early AAC communicators, this is a bundle of 5 of my interactive books and core based boards, for implementing AAC and increasing communication for users of picture based communication (AAC). There are core word-based picture
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$56.00
$44.80
12 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication needs - often have few opportunities to create genuine written
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.75
16 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
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 More Core
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$21.00
$16.80
15 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Teach students who use AAC or are minimally verbal how to use core words for communication with these interactive books showing the word in use. This is a bundle of 3 of my sets of interactive core vocabulary teaching books for aac (augmentative
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$40.75
$32.60
22 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a collection of visual cues to use for morning routines, for when students are having difficulty getting started, or when something seems to be wrong. Sometimes, even when students have aac systems or are verbal, they need some extra cues or
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$2.00
12 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is for teaching and practicing understanding of feelings, motivation, action through awareness of environmental and facial cues by using a wordless picture book. Wordless picture books are often used in speech therapy for developing
Subjects:
Special Education, School Counseling, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.50
16 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are working with students who need to develop categorization skills then this resource is perfect for you. A combination of colorful graphics and a variety of activities are included in this resource.This resource contains 9 different
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
12 ratings
3.9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs work on in speech therapy with a wide variety of students. Most of the students I see use single word responses,
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$6.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the Common Core State Standards for Language and for Speaking-Listening with your speech-language therapy or special education students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade, with the newly revised (11-18) and improved Interactive Notebook for
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Interactive Notebooks
$23.50
21 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a set of more than 300 cards that can be used as task cards in a classroom or intervention setting, or as game cards in a therapy setting or language center. The cards use Symbol Stix graphics familiar to special education classrooms.
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$14.75
21 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (8.07 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Use this Stone Soup resource in speech-language therapy or as a part of your literacy program in your special education class. Stone Soup is a classic old story with a great moral about sharing. You can read this story to your group for 4 sessions,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
10 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (34.65 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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