Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Need materials for Black History Month or Women in History Month that are accessible to your students with language disorders? Rosa Parks is an icon of the desegregation movement, and this adapted biography makes informational text about her
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Black History Month, Women's History Month
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials to teach about Martin Luther King Day in speech therapy or special education? My Martin Luther King Day Bundle for Special Education includes:An adapted biography with picture assisted text, Comprehension questions,Activities,
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.50
$5.20
7
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
The solution for your hunt for adapted materials for biographies amd imformational texts is right here! This is a bundle of 2 adapted biographies; Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The biographies are supplies with two different levels of
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Presidents' Day, Informational Text
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.25
$5.80
10
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for fun language activities to support access to classroom content for your students with language disorders this Martin Luther King Day? This activity pack for Martin Luther King Day for speech therapy is for students with special needs,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Martin Luther King Day, Special Education
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working with students who need to practice using a variety of communicative intents?This game provides excellent practice to help students with language disorders develop better social language skills and use a variety of communication functions.
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Games
$3.50
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking to go beyond practicing simple, common noun categories? Want students to categorize items by using describing words (adjectives)? This resource provides 23 descriptive categories using a fun Spring-Summer flower theme for your
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Summer, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.5a, L.1.1f
$3.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for engaging activities for students who have a hard time with knowing what to say, how to say it, and to whom? Holiday times are particularly stressful for students who don't understand what they can and can't say. Use this social language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.75
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need more resources for working on prepositions? Teaching prepositions to students with language disorders or delays can be difficult and repetitious. In this resource, practice prepositional phrases and sentences with winter themed
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.00
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is another practice resource for your implementation for AAC (augmentative communication) users or students with limited expressive language; this time featuring more complex sentences - those with adjectives and prepositions. The theme is
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
This summer-themed expressive and receptive language activity pack contains materials for vocabulary, giving and following directions, describing, sequencing, answering Wh questions, prepositions, pronouns, phonological awareness, categorizing,
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Summer, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Printables
$12.00
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need adapted versions of classroom content your students can access? This adapted biography of Abraham Lincoln with picture supported text allows for differentiation within your group. Special education and speech therapy students can learn about
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Presidents' Day, Special Education
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.50
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let this free resource be a part of your intervention for vocabulary and semantic relationships. Students with vocabulary deficits have significant difficulty with reading comprehension. Help your students increase their skills with this free
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Understanding the meaning and being able to use adjectives is important for students in their writing and speaking. Speech Pathologists work hard with students to support their vocabulary growth for academic and social needs. Make your October
Subjects:
Halloween, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for adapted materials so your students can access the curriculum for Women in History Month? This biography of Amelia Earhart includes 2 differentiated levels of picture supported text. Perfect for students with language disorders.Contents:2
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Women's History Month, Special Education
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.50
4
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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:
Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day, Grammar
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$4.75
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need fun materials to celebrate Earth Day in speech-language therapy? Build categorizing skills while focusing on Earth Day activities. Earth Day is when we tend to focus on recycling and Earth conservation, but our students should be recycling and
Subjects:
Life Skills, Earth Day, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$3.75
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream..." speech adapted to picture communication symbols for special education students. The text has been simplified and adapted using Symbol Stix for students who are minimally verbal, nonverbal, have
Subjects:
Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Minilessons, Printables
$3.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Want to keep your students writing over the Summer? Looking for ways to make those Summer memories turn into narratives? This is a Summer writing project that you can send home with students and review when school starts up again. Students practice
Subjects:
Writing, Speech Therapy, Summer
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
$3.50
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Great for speech-language therapy or differentiated instruction, here are language activities for the Max and Mo book Let's Build a Snowman by Patricia Lakin. Find lesson plans for 5 different sessions, for comparative describing words, sequencing,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
$3.25
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Have fun in your Thanksgiving season speech therapy sessions with these Thanksgiving language activities. This resource will engage your students and clients with the Thanksgiving holiday as they learn new vocabulary and language skills.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Thanksgiving, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.25
2
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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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