Susan Berkowitz

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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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$3.00
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a way to build morphology skills in your AAC users? Teach AAC users and students with limited speech to use verb tenses with these engaging activities that include paper-based and interactive craft activities.Morphology skills are often
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$12.00
17
Digital Download PDF (153.07 MB)
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:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Posters, Printables
$6.00
24
Digital Download PDF (9.37 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Use routines and daily activities to support language skills and associations. Life skills activities are a great way to support students in speech therapy who need language support in their daily lives. Many students learn language during the
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$8.50
84
Digital Download PDF (139.77 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
If you need help with resources for AAC practice expanding phrases, these resources are for you! Here is more practice for aac users and students with limited language with sequencing symbols and words into phrases and sentences.There are 66
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
$5.25
14
Digital Download PDF (20.91 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language disorders who have a difficult time answering Wh questions? Knowing which type of word answers which type of questions can be confusing. Have students practice answering Who questions in this engaging
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
L.K.1d
$3.60
16
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By Susan Berkowitz
Love using stories in therapy? Fairy tales and folk tales are great for teaching about story elements and other language skills. They have definite problems with solutions and interesting characters and settings. Help your students - especially
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
RL.K.7, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.4, RL.1.7, RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.5, RL.2.6...
$6.00
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need to connect your intervention to core curriculum? This resource about the five senses, which is over 100 pages, contains 5 books - one for each of the five senses, all with picture support! Each of the five books comes with language based
Subjects:
Science, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Nonfiction Book Study, Printables
$11.00
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for resources that begin to build describing skills and adjective use? Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.25
35
Digital Download PDF (6.00 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
You need 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
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$21.00
$16.80
22
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
You've taught your students how to answer Wh Questions, now they need to learn how to ask them. Asking questions is a crucial part of conversations, class participation, and community living skills.Are you constantly looking for materials to teach
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.25
43
Digital Download PDF (153.77 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for engaging ways to practice using core vocabulary in genuine activities? Your students want to have fun with communication! Use games to build interactions while practicing core words. This is a fun way to practice finding verbs,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
$4.50
18
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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, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
24
Digital Download PDF (48.08 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Build receptive and expressive language skills 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 language every time. They provide
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$35.25
$28.20
14
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Constantly looking for more sequencing resources? Do you have students who have difficulty with listening skills and sequencing skills in your speech language therapy classroom? Many students in speech language therapy or with significant language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.1.2
$6.25
34
Digital Download PDF (59.17 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for a fun game that will engage students while building language skills? Increase understanding and use of spatial and temporal concepts, ability to give and follow directions, and more with these fun games. Play as a barrier game
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.00
38
Digital Download PDF (56.25 MB)
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:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Specialty
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Cooperative Learning, Activities, Games
$26.50
$21.20
10
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials to cover multiple objectives for listening comprehension, sequencing skills, and story retelling? Listening, answering questions about what they have heard, and sequencing the elements in auditory input are all crucial language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.2, SL.K.4, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.6
$10.00
38
Digital Download PDF (61.38 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Are you constantly looking for resources for working on Wh questions? Answering wh questions is a struggle for many students with Autism and language disorders. This fall themed resource is a great way to teach wh questions that will keep your
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$6.00
19
Digital Download PDF (164.92 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Having a hard time getting your AAC users to expand their responses? 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
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
17
Digital Download PDF (14.23 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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