Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun life skills activity for students to learn the meaning of signs they see in their community and on the street. These life skills activity can help students not only recognize the signs, but comprehend what each sign means and what they
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
109
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need differentiation strategies for your classroom? Do you have students included in your classroom that you need to support? This guide is meant to help general education teachers adapt their instruction, materials, assessments, assignments
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Teacher Manuals, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
$5.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
Life skill activities are the perfect way to teach young students language! Many students learn language first through the repetition of life routines. This life skill activity provides 8 room examples to help students identify items by location,
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.25
81
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help students build receptive language and language processing skills with Describe it to Me. In Listening to Directions students use their language processing skills to identify objects and people given descriptive clues. There are a variety of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Games, Literacy Center Ideas
$6.75
64
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are looking for receptive and expressive language activities for your speech therapy classroom, this resource is for you!! Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.50
54
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By Susan Berkowitz
This collection of social situations and problems will help you move your students through understanding of social cues, social language, and social interaction skills.For students who have difficulty knowing what to say in social situations, this
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$6.00
41
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By Susan Berkowitz
Rules are important in all classrooms and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource that uses the David Shannon books to reinforce what's
Subjects:
Special Education, Classroom Management, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$6.75
44
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By Susan Berkowitz
For students who are severely physically impaired, use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't move any other part of their body.
Subjects:
Special Education, Communication Disorders, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$6.75
39
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By Susan Berkowitz
Give your students these language-rich materials for use with the book, "The Tiny Seed". This resource with included activities has been designed with special education students in mind; such as, students who need visual cues, language scaffolding,
Subjects:
Science, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$6.75
45
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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
55
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By Susan Berkowitz
Support emerging communicators with these core vocabulary based communication boards of different sizes and complexity. This is a set of core vocabulary based communication board displays for beginning AAC communicators with 8, 15, 20, 28, and core
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
$10.00
46
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By Susan Berkowitz
Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Games, Task Cards
$7.75
31
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By Susan Berkowitz
Answering wh questions can be very difficult skill for many children with language disorders and complex communication needs to master. Answering wh questions while using picture prompts are a great way to add additional wh question practice to your
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$8.50
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides lots of fun activities for following directions skills. This resource gives your students practice with following simple and complex directions. It now also includes more directions cards and added community helpers to put in
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
31
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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
27
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By Susan Berkowitz
Address CCSS for Language, Speaking and Listening with this resource that addresses answering Wh-Questions in paragraphs, sequencing actions and events, and building or completing simple sentences. Contents:There are 36 simple paragraphs (3-4
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$8.00
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource provides you with file folder activities and games for:* Matching items with their location, function, and associated items,sorting where things are used (includes home vs. school, and bedroom, bathroom, garage, dining room, things
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a classic storybook that offers multiple language opportunities for working on vocabulary, sequencing, categories, and - of course - retelling. Storybooks are used a lot in Speech-Language therapy to increase language skills and help
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.7, SL.K.2, L.K.1b, L.K.1d, L.K.5a, L.1.5a
$6.00
28
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By Susan Berkowitz
Improve students' oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills with this collections of story elements pictures, visual cues, and how-to information. These materials offer lots and lots of practice for students at all levels of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$7.50
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
This figurative language activity resource, containing multiple language activities, works with students discovering Amelia Bedelia's misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, similes, and metaphors. The materials within this resource are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Guided Reading Books
CCSS:
L.3.4, L.3.5, L.3.5a
$5.75
16
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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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