Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
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Not Grade Specific
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Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
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4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need more structured practice with your AAC users, then this resource is for you. Practice sequencing symbols into phrases for aac users and those with limited language skills This set focuses on pronoun + verb sequences, with 40 practice
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
19 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
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need help with resources for AAC practice expanding phrases, these resources are for you! Here is even more practice for aac users and students with limited language with sequencing symbols and words into phrases and sentences. There are 66
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.75
9 ratings
3.8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Practice verb tenses in speech therapy or language arts class with this set of action phrase cards. Here are 72 cards to use to practice verb tenses, both regular and irregular. Each card has an action pictured and an initial verb phrase/simple
Subjects:
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$3.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students who need additional practice making sentences in their communication systems or for speech therapy practice, beyond what they get in natural contexts, this resource goes beyond phrases to complete basic sentences. Here is another
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Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
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Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.50
10 ratings
3.9
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're working with AAC users and having a hard time moving beyond single words, let me help you! Use of morphology is usually impacted in children with language disorders. It is also often restricted in children using augmentative
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$10.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is fun with verbs for students who need additional practice with regular and irregular verbs. There are: 1. Three bird houses for present, future and past tense irregular verbs with 38 different verbs on 84 birds (38 verbs, 3 tenses) who
Subjects:
Grammar, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Trying to get those 200 opportunities per day for your aac users to practice? While most practice should be natural contexts, many students need additional structured practice. This set for practicing sequencing of communication symbols for aac
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.00
8 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Comprehension and use of syntactic forms is essential to speaking and to writing, both of which are crucial to social and academic success. Appropriate use of verb tense is found in the CCSS in Language skills, particularly in the third grade. If
Subjects:
Grammar, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$3.75
2 ratings
3.5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Correct use of pronouns is sometimes difficult for students with language disorders. While practice in context, in conversations, is the best way to work on those skills, sometimes structured practice can reinforce skills students are
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$5.00
3 ratings
3.6
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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
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Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
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Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$18.00
3 ratings
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By Susan Berkowitz
This simple book provides opportunities to practice verb tense and noun derivatives in intervention, or in a classroom. Multiple language targets for multi-level and/or different groups are provided. Inside this resource for language development
Subjects:
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.75
1 rating
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource will help students who get "stuck" at the single word level of expressive language, or who get to "I want.." but no further. From labeling to locating and describing in phrases and sentences, this resource provides opportunities to
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$13.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have a hard time finding resources for structured AAC practice? Then these resources are for you. This is a bundle of 3 resources for practicing prepositional phrase and sentence formulation with picture communication symbols for aac users or
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$12.75
$10.20
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By Susan Berkowitz
Many of our students can learn to name/label familiar items in the world around them. But teaching them to add /s/ to make them plural doesn’t work in our language. There are so many different different rules for forming irregular plurals -add
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$4.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use of morphology is usually impacted in children with language disorders. It is also often restricted in children using augmentative communication systems; whose range of both functions and forms of language are often limited to structures directly
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is for you if you are helping AAC users or other minimally verbal students grow their sentences structure beyond single words. Color coded train cars are used to make phrases and sentences in a card game format. The 175 cards are
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 24 pronoun practice cards for working on She, He, Her, Him with students who have difficulty with these. Students fill in the blanks with the correct pronoun. Cards are illustrated with fun graphics.
Subjects:
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Minilessons, Printables, Task Cards
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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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