Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Working to meet the need for more informational text in special education? Need to provide modified materials for your students with language disorders in general education? Teach them about the weather with this clinician written text, provided at
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$8.25
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Target prepositions, directions,following and giving descriptions with this fun resource using everyone's favorite topic - dinosaurs. This interactive language-based resource about Dinosaurs includes:⭐ A 24 page interactive book with dinosaur facts⭐
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This is a clinician created adapted book for describing animals by color and learning about them. Describe, compare, contrast animals and tell details of
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
CCSS:
RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3, RI.1.7
$6.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Learn about rocks with interactive activities and books while having fun. This resource includes:An 18 page clinician written book
Subjects:
Earth Sciences, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$5.00
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Introduce your students to bears with these interactive, beginning informational texts for young children or students with special needs. Includes craftivities for brown bears and polar bears.Contents:A 14pg. interactive book about bears (black and
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Nonfiction Book Study
$4.00
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the CCSS requirement for informational text in Special Education with this clinician written 17 page book about bats with a lot of facts. This book can be used in general education elementary classes and special education middle school or
Subjects:
Biology, Writing, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Original Textbooks, Minilessons, Printables
$4.00
5
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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:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.25
$5.80
10
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
In order to make Special Education more robust we adapt content from the curriculum to meet their unique needs. For students with limited communication skills, this might mean adapting content area materials to provide symbol support for reading or
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
4
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use this resource as a part of your historical figures or Black History Month or Women in History Month curriculum in speech therapy or Special Education. Harriet Tubman is a large figure in that history. This is a 14 page brief biography with 1-2
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Black History Month, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Bibliographies, Printables
CCSS:
RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.3
$3.25
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Learn about bats in this interactive book with additional language activities. The CCSS call for more use of informational texts; especially for students in special education. This is an interactive book about bats that provides for informational
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Nonfiction Book Study
$4.50
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders need more access to informational text. This is an adapted biography for Helen Keller made with picture assisted text, to give limited readers access to expository text and academic information.All activities
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students learn about undersea creatures; including animal names and where they live and what things we can eat from the ocean. Here is a resource full of activities to build language skills related to animals from the ocean; including:A 17 page
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$5.75
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders need practice beyond incidental teaching or initia introduction in class. They need to understand about things that they haven't had specific exposure to or experiences with. Help them learn about whales in this
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.25
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you looking for more adapted informational science texts for special education students with limited language skills, to meet the Common Core State Standards' call for more informational texts in special education? These are all science based
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Nonfiction Book Study
$54.00
$43.20
5
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Informational texts are great for building content area vocabulary. This interactive book and activity set about penguins are fun to work on in speech therapy and special education to learn all about penguins. Combine Science, ELA, and Language
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.50
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
This adapted biography of Eleanor Roosevelt was created with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures and 1 text only), a report template and a graphic organizer. I
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is an adapted biography of Pocahontas made with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are also 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures 1 with text only), a report template and graphic organizer. I
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$3.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
This adapted biography of Susan B. Anthony was created with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are also 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures and 1 text only) and a report template with graphic
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$2.50
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Celebrate Women in History Month with your special education/speech-language therapy caseload with picture assisted text. This is an adapted biography of Clara Barton, with 2 levels of picture assisted text. There are comprehension questions,
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.25
1
Digital Download PDF (12.33 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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