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Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Note: This has been revised 3-2021 with all new, clearer images This is a fun game that can make up an entire therapy session or fill in when there is some spare time. There are 2 house pages filled with common object images in a variety of
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Being able to explain how things are the same, are different, and why is a skill we practice in language intervention. Being able to see, describe, and explain the critical features of two different objects, actions, or events is a critical
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Sequencing is a skill needed for activities of daily living, academics, and story understanding and telling. Here are some simple 3 & 4 picture sequences for students to complete. Sequences include egg to chicken, baby to man, seeds to plant,
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a single page sample of a categorizing activity, adding ice cream scoops to their category cones. I have included 3 category cones and 9 ice cream scoops to give you an idea of what the whole resource is like. Inside the full resource pack
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.5a
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Keep students practicing answering Wh Questions all summer long. Use the Wh-question game board to play a game, or ask your student/child one question each day. Each space on the board has a Wh -question for the day. Use the beach scene and the
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a FREE picture communication board with core vocabulary for students who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC). Research shows that core words provide students with the most robust and flexible access to words they need for
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables
FREE
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
I love using barrier games in language intervention. I discovered them back in the 1990’s and have built tons of them ever since, constantly trying to keep them fun and fresh for my students.Barrier games can be fun in pairs, small groups, or even
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
FREE
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let this free resource be a part of your intervention for vocabulary and semantic relationships. Students with vocabulary deficits have significant difficulty with reading comprehension. Help your students increase their skills with this free
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
FREE
21
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language disorders who have a difficult time organizing themselves for tasks or knowing what they need? Students have difficulty with the concept of knowing what they need for the task.This BOOM deck offers 20
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
FREE
2
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By Susan Berkowitz
Enjoy this free communication board to use at library time with your nonverbal or minimally verbal AAC users. It first appeared as a freebie on my blog at http://kidzlearnlanguage.blogspot.com/2014/09/september-6-is-national-read-book-day.html It
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Other
FREE
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here is a free visual cue set to post in your classroom or give to each students to help them follow directions in a fire drill. These loud and interrupting events are often difficult for special education students - especially those with autism.
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Posters, Printables, Classroom Forms
FREE
19
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By Susan Berkowitz
This free resource contains the pages needed to make a 19 pg. compound word book in the shape of a baseball mitt, two compound word worksheets and answer pictures. Images are crisp and clear Smarty Symbols. I've got lots more vocabulary resources,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
FREE
27
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a super resource for parents, SLPs, and teachers. 52 jam-packed pages from 6 of TPT's most fun speech-language pathologists. There are activities for every day of the summer to keep students practicing their language, pragmatic,
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
For Parents, Handouts, EBooks
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Emerging AAC users need lots of Aided Language Stimulation (ALgS) and opportunities to practice beginning core words.More experienced AAC users need continued Aided Input (AI), scaffolding to support expanded utterances, support for a variety of
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, Activities, Handouts
FREE
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who struggle with formulating descriptions and making comparisons? Here is a fun activity to help them practice their describing and comparing skills. Enjoy these 30 spectacular little monsters cards for helping students
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Answering Wh-questions is often very difficult for students with language disorder; especially students with Autism.In this free, fun resource,there are:• 2 game board pages. You can use one at a time, or put them inside a file folder and have a
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Help students feel more comfortable in holiday bustle and hustle by teaching them about the traditions, vocabulary, sequences, and conversation. This 12 page interactive book teaches about Thanksgiving feasts past and present. Includes symbols for
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities
FREE
5
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By Susan Berkowitz
Two fun Fall activities for synonyms and antonyms. A Fall tree whose leaves have antonyms to match and a pumpkin patch to match synonyms. Print and laminate for a durable activity to re-use, or print and have students glue the matches to the
Subjects:
Autumn, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Let me help you teach your students about colors and shapes. These interactive mini-books use real world objects to help them learn about colors and shapes in their environment.You will find a brief color book for objects in the 3 primary colors and
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
PreK, Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Minilessons
FREE
9
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a generic calendar month with 35 ideas (1 per day) to keep kids using language during the summer break. Each day has a language task for students to formulate language - either verbally or with their aac (augmentative-alternative
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
For Parents, Activities
FREE
11
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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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