Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Bring awesome informational texts to your students with special needs and teach their vocabulary in speech therapy! This resource will help you teach U.S. Geography, including major landmarks, locations, and famous places. This targeted vocabulary
Subjects:
Special Education, Geography, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.25
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By Susan Berkowitz
Rosa Parks is an icon of the desegregation movement, and this adapted biography makes informational text about her accessible to students who are in special education or speech-language therapy. Using picture assisted text, interactive informational
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Black History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Printables
$4.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is an abbreviated biography of Chief Justice Thurgood Marshall to be used for History or Black History Month or biography reading. Picture supported text provided by Picture It software from Suncastle Technology (licensing fee
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Black History Month
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cultural Activities
$3.00
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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
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
This is an adapted biography of Gloria Steinem made with Picture It software with picture assisted text. There are 3 comprehension questions 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures 1 with 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:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (15.24 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is an adapted biography of Shirley Temple Black for Women's History Month, made with Picture It software for picture assisted text. There are also 3 comprehension questions, 2 vocabulary worksheets (1 with pictures and 1 with text only), a
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
$2.50
Digital Download PDF (10.86 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
This is a bundle of adapted biographies that use picture-assisted text and related activities to teach students about famous people; including Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Harriet
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$18.25
$14.60
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders need access to informational text. This Women's History Month use picture-supported text activities to learn about Georgia O'Keeffe, a famous artist.There is a picture-supported adapted biography, a topic
Subjects:
U.S. History, Special Education, Informational Text
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
$3.00
Digital Download PDF (16.85 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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