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
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.25
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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
AAC users need to move beyond single words. And build their language skills in engaging activities. Use of morphology is usually impacted in children with language disorders. It is also often restricted in children using augmentative communication
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$10.00
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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 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
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
$5.25
13
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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
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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
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you teaching your students regular and irregular verbs? This is an awesome activity if you are struggling with irregular verbs and how to implement them in your speech classroom! Whether your students need additional practice with regular and
Subjects:
Grammar, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
2
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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
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
This deck of BOOM cards provides practice with following complex directions with multiple critical elements. Help students build their processing of complex verbal input. Students with language disorders often have difficulty with this
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$5.25
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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 you
Subjects:
Grammar, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$4.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource will help students move beyond single core words and requesting. From labeling to locating and describing in phrases and sentences, this resource provides opportunities to move AAC users beyond the single word stage and has ideas for
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$12.50
2
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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 mastering.Here
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Games, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$5.00
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have a hard time finding resources for structured AAC practice? Then this resources are for you. This resource is for practicing prepositional phrase and sentence formulation with picture communication symbols for aac users or students with
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$12.25
1
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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
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you looking to help AAC users or other minimally verbal students with building sentences and growing their sentence structure beyond single words? Then this resource is for you! In it, I've used color coded train cards to make phrases and
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$6.00
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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
This deck of BOOM cards provides practice with sorting objects and actions into the season in which they are found or done. Help students build their understanding of vocabulary with this discrimination activity. Students with language disorders
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Activboard Activities
CCSS:
L.K.1e
$4.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
This deck of BOOM cards provides practice with identifying adjectives and adverbs. Build correct grammar skills with this discrimination activity. Students with language disorders often have difficulty with these concepts.Students drag and drop the
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Activboard Activities
CCSS:
L.K.1e
$3.00
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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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