Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting AAC users in tele-therapy/ tele-practice or just looking for independent activities for individuals? This BOOM deck is a no print resource to be used on tablets, computers, or Smartboards to teach the core word "MORE."Core word
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
When working with students that have language disorders you know how difficult wh questions can be for them! This resource contains a winter theme filled with wh question examples to help your students better grasp what is a wh question and what
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Some of the best times to build receptive and expressive language skills are during routines and every day activities. These are times that are familiar to the students, that happen frequently, and that proceed in the same sequence with the same
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$28.75
$23.00
12
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
13
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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
20
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need to help your students understand cause and effect? It is an important skill; one that some children have difficulty grasping. Being able to predict what will happen in certain situations; to understand that X inevitably - or usually - or
Subjects:
Special Education, Problem Solving, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Work on multiple target 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
$3.60
18
Digital Download PDF (16.87 MB)
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
Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. Here is practice for AAC users or beginning communicators just starting to use 2-word phrases. This resource has been expanded (7-19) as similar listings were
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$13.00
18
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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
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
22
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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
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting AAC users in telepractice, this resource is for you. AAC users need opportunities to practice using core words both in context and out. Practice formulating simple 3 word sentences with core words.This BOOM deck offers 30
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1, L.K.1d
$3.00
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource contains 9 different categorization activities, each with a colorful categorization scene or chart, and images to sort. There is an additional worksheet for category exclusion.If you are working with students who need to develop
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
L.K.5a
$4.75
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach students who use AAC or are minimally verbal how to use core words to communicate 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
24
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
My core words resources help you plan for integrating AAC core word implementation into your curriculum! Here are 6 interactive, therapist written books illustrating how to use 6 descriptive core words; adjectives/describing words. Help AAC users
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Answering Wh questions is a very difficult skill for many children with significant language disorders who need to work on expressive language. While I am a firm believer in my “Program to Teach Wh-Questions” resource found here, some children need
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$7.00
8
Digital Download PDF (29.38 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you have AAC users to support with using core words this resource provides multiple opportunities to practice using HELP in response to a variety of visual contexts. Core word AAC implementation gives students access to the most frequently used
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.25
9
Digital Download PDF (1.69 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Move your AAC users past 1 word responses and start teaching them how to use 2-word phrases with core words. This is the next step in my Core Words Books series; putting together 2-word “utterances” with core words.These three books present six
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
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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