Susan Berkowitz

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Give your students language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed." The materials have been designed with special needs students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding, and/or picture based
$6.75
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Meet the need for more informational texts for special education with this book about Living and Nonliving Things. This resource is packed with language-based activities for learning vocabulary, sequencing, describing, comparing, and more. This
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This REVISED (6-2016) pack contains a therapist-written informational text about the weather, for meeting CCSS for more informational text in special education. There are three leveled versions included with different levels of language and
$8.00
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There are 5 books - one for each of the senses, using picture supports from Symbol Stix. Each book comes with teacher instructions, with before and after reading discussion and activities. There is a communication board specific to some activities
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Gie your students with language disorders access to informational text that is specifically differentiated for them. This is a therapist-created book about African animals, to meet the Common Core requirement for more expository/nonfiction texts
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If you're struggling to provide standards based curriculum to your students with language disorders or significant communication needs, this science related language resource; with interactive books, sorting and defining activities, is for
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Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This pack contains • a therapist-written book about animals (17 of them) arranged by color. • Each page has a photograph of the animal and important
$6.50
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Help meet the CCSS to introduce more informational text to special needs students with this Science text on rocks. Here is a resource that includes: an 18 page clinician written book about rocks that includes information, pictures, and some
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This is an introductory book about habitats. A grade 2-3 informational text has been simplified for students with language disorders, autism. Complex sentences have been simplified, concepts have been made as concrete as possible without diluting
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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
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More and more informational - or expository - text is being required by schools. This is often difficult for students with language disorders. Support those students with interactive informational texts that are climician created for students with
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This is an adapted science resource about the water cycle meant for differentiated learning, speech-language therapy, and special education. This resource stresses the vocabulary used to describe the process and the cause-effect(s) and sequence(s)
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This is a bundle of 7 of my 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
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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
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In this resource about the Rainforest, based on the Jane Yolen book, you will find materials to use with students in speech therapy, special education, or those in general education who require differentiated instruction/additional supports, to meet
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These interactive science texts are perfect for students in special education and/or speech-language therapy. This is a bundle of 6 of my interactive informational texts adapted for students with language disorders; with topics
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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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