Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're looking for materials to teach your students what community safety signs actually mean, this is for you! Teaching them to identify community safety signs doesn’t help them if they don’t know what to do - or not to do - when they see them.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.00
130
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By Susan Berkowitz
Problem solving is an important part of social language skills. Prepare your students for community-based social language. Teach them to solve problems by thinking about situations and finding the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Printables, Games
$7.75
41
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students have difficulty processing language for listening comprehension? Are you looking for therapy materials that focus on listening to descriptions and language processing skills? In this set of listening comprehension games students use
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$6.75
72
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're adapting your curriculum to meet the needs of special education students in your classroom, you need differentiation strategies. If you have students included in your classroom that you need to support with adapted curriculum this how-to
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Professional Development, For All Subjects
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Principals & Administrators, Professional Documents, Teacher Manuals
$5.50
89
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By Susan Berkowitz
Use of eye gaze may be the only way to access AAC for students who are severely physically impaired, other than Partner Assisted Scanning. Eye Gaze responses are sometimes the only mode of communication for significantly disabled students who can't
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Communication Disorders
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
$8.50
46
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for resources to help your students improve oral language, narrative development and storytelling skills? Use this collection of story elements pictures, visual cues, graphic organizers, and how-to information. These materials offer lots and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$8.50
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
Predicting what will happen is a difficult skill for some of our more concrete learners. Understanding of cause and effect even with fairly concrete examples can be a challenge for your students with language disorders. Answering What if questions
Subjects:
Problem Solving, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Games
$7.00
$5.60
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need visual cues and language activities for following the rules? Rules are important in all settings and especially in classrooms where students have difficulty with understanding and following them. Help students learn the rules with this resource
Subjects:
Classroom Management, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$7.00
48
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more Wh question materials? 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 is a great way to add
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables
$8.50
40
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By Susan Berkowitz
Build multiple language skills with books like "The Tiny Seed." This book companion resource includes language activities for labeling and sorting vocabulary, describe/compare/contrast, sequencing, phonological awareness skills. Great for students
Subjects:
Science, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RF.K.2, RF.K.2b
$7.75
54
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help your augmentative communication get to know their AAC system better. Move them from single core words to phrases and sentences. This bundle of engaging core vocabulary games and activities covers a wide range of AAC skills and abilities and
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$11.75
$9.40
20
Bundle
By Susan Berkowitz
Feel more confident teaching core vocabulary! You can move your AAC users past 1 word responses and start teaching them how to use 2-word phrases with core words. Interactive books give students less contextualized practice opportunities to carry
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$9.00
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for stimuli to use to build students' length of response that are consistent from single word to sentences? Increasing the length of a student’s typical response and increasing his phrase and sentence complexity are often skills that SLPs
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Printables
$7.50
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Meet the needs of mixed therapy groups and build multiple language skills. Increase language skills of naming, categorizing, describing, identifying function, and with the life skills of knowing what things belong in what environment with the fun of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.00
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
"The Snowy Day" 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
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
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
$7.75
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for more Wh question resources? Students with language disorders often struggle with answering wh questions. Whether it is understanding what answers go with which wh questions, or an issue with auditory memory and holding onto their
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$5.75
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need a language activity that covers expressive language for pragmatics, semantics, story or event recall? This is the perfect pragmatics activity for your speech therapy classroom! This is a fun game to play during speech therapy time,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$5.00
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need engaging materials to build pragmatic language skills? This collection of social communication situations and problems will help you improve your students' social verbal and nonverbal communication through understanding of social cues, social
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Task Cards, Activities, Printables
$8.00
42
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have Spanish language AAC users on your caseload, but have a hard time finding bilingual resources for them? This is a collection of 14 different core vocabulary picture communication boards in Spanish. Contents:set of 3 boards that progress
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Spanish, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Other
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$5.00
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines, like sorting and doing the laundry, are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Problem Solving, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$5.75
56
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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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