Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you work with students at early stages of language development? Do you work with mixed groups? This resource can really help you give students practice with talking about vocabulary; with naming items and people, answering Wh-questions about
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Task Cards
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.K.5c
$7.75
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users need 200 opportunities each day to practice using their AAC systems to become competent communicators. While optimal teaching stresses use of AAC in the context of daily routines and events, SLPs have intervention sessions to fill with
Subjects:
Specialty, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$27.00
$22.00
9
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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
17
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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
Are you supporting students with language disorders who have a difficult time understanding basic pronouns? Discriminating he, she, they and it can be difficult for many students. In this deck, students drag images of boys and girls in action to
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$3.00
9
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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
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working with students who are moving from single words into phrases? Looking for something that covers the stages of morphosyntactic development? This interactive resource is meant as a practice resource for building phrases and specific
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1, L.K.1c, L.K.1e, L.K.1f
$18.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users in tele-practice? Try this no print core word resource for practicing pronoun - verb phrases. Works great in traditional settings, too! Just choose the correct pronoun and verb that go with the picture. Comes with its own
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
$6.50
12
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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
20
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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:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Games
$28.50
$25.65
9
Bundle
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
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language disorders who have a difficult time answering Wh questions? Students have difficulty with the concepts of which types of words answer what types of questions.This BOOM deck offers 30 practice stimuli for
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$3.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun activity for your augmentative communication users or other minimally verbal students. They can practice making phrases and sentences using core words with either the picture dice included or standard dice and the provided
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
16
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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
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you working with an augmentative communication user who needs to get to know their system better? Or who needs to move from single words to phrases and sentences? Try this bundle of core word games and activities that covers a wide range of AAC
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$11.25
$9.00
17
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
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.You will find:Background: What is AAC and What Does it Look
Subjects:
Communication Disorders, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
EBooks, For Parents, Professional Development
$30.00
4
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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
15
Digital Download PDF (1.69 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, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.3, SL.K.4
$1.75
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Many students with language disorders struggle with wh questions. This fall themed resource is a great way to teach wh questions that will keep your students engaged and interested! Many SLPs like myself spend a lot of time teaching wh questions to
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.50
19
Digital Download PDF (101.88 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following directions develops concise directing and describing skills in a fun activity. Students
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$1.50
15
Digital Download PDF (18.98 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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