Susan Berkowitz

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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)
By Susan Berkowitz
This resource (the handout of an original ppt presentation) will provide clinicians with ways in which to maximize use of iOS devices with AAC, language, fine motor, and scanning apps and accessories for AAC evaluations. The discussion includes how
Subjects:
Communication Disorders, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Higher Education, Staff
Types:
Teacher Manuals, PowerPoint Presentations, Professional Documents
$11.00
11 ratings
4.0
Digital Download ZIP (11.81 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun way for students who use aac or have limited language skills to practice making symbol sentences without the pressure of needing to “get it right.” There are no specific questions, no specific referenced stimuli. The only
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.75
17 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (3.63 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
There are 5 books - one for each of the senses, using picture supports from Symbol Stix. Each book comes with teacher instructions, with before and after reading discussion and activities. There is a communication board specific to some activities
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$11.00
14 ratings
4.0
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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
8 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you want to move your AAC users past 1 word responses and start teaching them how to use 2-word phrases, then this is the next step in my Core Words Books series; putting together 2-word “utterances” with core words. These three books present
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
14 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (27.24 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need more phrase and sentence practice for AAC users? Here is the answer for your speech therapy intervention time. For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$5.00
11 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (27.65 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Storybooks can be used to build language skills for all students, even - or especially - those who cannot speak. This fun storybook from Tracey Corderoy provides excellent contexts for teaching "No," one of the beginning core words used by
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Early Intervention
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
10 ratings
3.8
Digital Download PDF (6.36 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
These fun BINGO cards for teaching verbs can add some fun to your language lessons. Students with significant language disorders often struggle to understand parts of speech, so let this fun resource help you get them motivated to learn. This is a
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
4 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (8.42 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Let this resource help your students who need to build skills for following and giving directions. If you need to meet Common Core State Standards for listing and speaking with your students with language disorders this bundle of resources can help
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$26.00
$20.80
9 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. In fact, this whole line of resources is for you. Here is practice for AAC users or beginning communicators just starting to use 2-word phrases. • 32 cards
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
9 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (30.25 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching beginning communicators and functionally nonverbal students (such as those with autism and other severe language disorders) requires consistent specific targeted strategies. In my first set of 6 Core Word Books, I focused on Go, Again, All
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
$8.75
10 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (54.49 MB)
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. There is a set of 3 boards that
Subjects:
Spanish, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$5.25
10 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting a beginning communicator with using AAC, let my core words resources help you plan AAC core word implementation into your curriculum! Here are 6 interactive, therapist written books illustrating how to use 6 of the 25 early
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
9 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (33.39 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders have difficulty answering Wh- Questions. This resource contains a variety of different Bingo-style cards to use for practice with answering Wh-questions. There are: • 5 different green Bingo cards for (39) What
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
10 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (87.03 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who have difficulty with listening skills and sequencing skills? Many students with language disorders have difficulty with both of these skills. Learning the order of things is essential to many further language skills;
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.50
19 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (20.41 MB)
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, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$6.00
9 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (20.02 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Understanding categorization of vocabulary is essential in teaching semantic relationships, and is a skill worked on in speech-language therapy frequently. This bundle of three of my categorization resources provides lots of practice for basic
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$16.25
$13.00
8 ratings
3.9
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Wh-questions can be very difficult to teach to kids with significant language disorders, but this bundle of Wh-question resources will help solve your problems. Included are my signature program to teach Wh-questions, and a bundle of more
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$34.25
$27.40
10 ratings
4.0
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a language building resource for vocabulary and sequences associated with Spring for speech therapy and special education. Newly revised 6-2016 You will find: In this language building resource you will find: 26 Vocabulary picture cards
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
13 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (32.35 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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