Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Teach AAC users core words with this fully inclusive resource for teaching the 40 core words used in the DLM core. Interactive activities, interactive books, core word wall, word of the week materials, and more for your AAC users, even if you don't
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$37.50
242
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By Susan Berkowitz
Barrier games have long been used by speech-language pathologists for developing language skills for giving and following directions using spatial concepts and descriptive concepts. Having a pair of students take turns giving and following
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$3.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Writing with symbols can be useful for AAC users, emergent writers, students with language disorders. Emergent writers who have communication disorders - especially complex communication needs - often have few opportunities to create genuine written
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need to support AAC users but have not had much training in AAC implementation, then this resource will provide you with up to a full year's worth of implementation materials and activities. This resource provides a variety of teaching
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$38.50
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users in tele-practice? Try this no print core word resource for practicing pronoun - verb phrases. Works great in traditional settings, too! Just choose the correct pronoun and verb that go with the picture. Comes with its own
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
$6.50
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of letters to build phrases and sentences. This is for work with augmentative communication (AAC) users who need to work on moving beyond single word responses to more phrases and even
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$4.00
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users and other emergent writers often need to use alternative pencils. Use of word banks is best practices for creating genuine writing opportunities to these students. These topic boards can be used for several purposes: ☀They can serve as
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$2.75
8
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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
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
For SLPs who question their role in adhering to the CCSS in reading and writing, here are the standards condensed and how they relate to SLPs. We know so much about the language basis for reading, that we should be providing support in this
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Staff
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Professional Documents, Printables
$5.75
10
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who don't know or understand reading strategies, or can't use them without constant reminders? These visual cue cards are perfect for those students who need visual cues to help them remember what strategies they have and can
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Staff
Types:
Other, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.00
3
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users in tele-practice? Try this no print AAC core vocabulary activity resource for practicing pronoun - verb - object phrases. Works great in traditional settings, too! Just choose the correct pronoun, verb, and object that go with
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
$6.75
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
AAC users and other emergent writers often need alternative pencils. Using word banks has been shown in the research to be a good place to start. These topic text boards can be used for several purposes: ⭐ They can serve as communication boards
Subjects:
Special Education, Writing, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$1.75
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Practice with recognizing and using adjectives of color; with completing sentences and reading comprehension for color words as just some of the ways you can use this resource.Students choose the color to complete the sentence; you decide the array
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.75
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students struggle with phonological awareness and beginning sounds in words? My word families task cards can help! Some of our earliest reading activities are with word families. Using onset-rime to help students move forward with phonics
Subjects:
Reading, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Assessment, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
$4.00
6
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials you can apply to any story you use in speech therapy or your class? Shared reading is a strategy to increase exposure to books, develop language and literacy skills in young children and students who are not yet readers.This
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.2.1, CCRA.R.2
$11.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Supporting AAC users in tele-practice? Try my second no print AAC core word activity resource for practicing pronoun - verb phrases. Works great in traditional settings, too! Just choose the correct pronoun and verb that go with each picture. Each
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Whiteboard
$7.25
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the needs of mixed groups with a single story. Work on multiple language targets with this fun resource built around a Teddy Bear's Picnic; a language-based resource that works on vocabulary, answering Wh questions and following prepositional
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.50
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support your AAC users with both core words and fringe vocabulary with this interactive and engaging unit that provides repetition with structure for learning and reinforcing vocabulary, sentences, sequences, and more for Spring language skills.
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Interactive Notebooks
CCSS:
SL.K.5, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.1e, L.K.1f
$17.00
Digital Download PDF (151.21 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Practice listening for initial sounds in words for phonological awareness skills in a fun game activity. This is a CCSS Reading Foundation skill, and often an area of deficit for many students with language disorders.Contents:☂ There are enough
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Phonics
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (26.35 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Emergent communicators and AAC users often do not get sufficient early literacy instruction. The 3 resources in this comprehensive bundle work to build early literacy skill through phonological and pyemic awareness. Build CVC and CVCC words with
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
$18.00
$14.40
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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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