Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun activity for your augmentative communication users or other minimally verbal students can practice making phrases and sentences using core words. There are: • 20 dice, each with 6 core words (and 1 or 2 fringe words), • plus 1 die
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (ELA), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
FREE
12 ratings
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is an activity that is fun, motivating, and addresses Common Core State Standards in Writing and Listening. What more can you ask? A great back to school activity that absolutely starts students off with a fun exercise that combines art,
Subjects:
Writing, Back to School, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
1 rating
4.0
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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, Vocabulary, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
FREE
25 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Note: This has been revised 11-2014 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 is a page entirely filled with common object images in a variety of
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Minilessons, Games
FREE
47 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a 4 page document (revised 11-14) that talks about the myths and truths of providing and using an augmentative communication system with students. Dispelling the mistaken beliefs that often prevent students from receiving the services and
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
6 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a template for a die with symbols that represent story elements: who, what happened, story problem, ending,when. Students roll the die to 'choose' what they need to tell or retell. Good for retelling stories, telling stories or personal
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, For Parents
FREE
11 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This 2013 back to school resource guide (with some revisions 2015) highlights some great back to school resources for special education and general education teachers and speech pathologists. There is one page of highlighted resources for the
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
For Parents, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
4 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students who struggle with spelling, including those with dyslexia, often have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words and - more importantly - where those sounds move and change - to create other words. Here are 12 free cards from the 90
Subjects:
Spelling
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, Homeschool
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
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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:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables
CCSS:
L.K.5a
FREE
34 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This handout talks about what the CCSS mean for special education students and teachers, in a brief summary. It speaks to higher expectations, increased use of general education curricula with special needs students,changes in reading and writing
Subjects:
Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
Staff
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Principals & Administrators
FREE
11 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Happy New Year! Here is a way to get the new year off to a fun start with a quick vocabulary game. Good for centers, for speech therapy, for independent practice. Match the balloons and party hats. There are 16 pairs of synonyms. Welcome to
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
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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:
Vocabulary, Speech Therapy, Valentine's Day
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
10 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a handout that briefly reviews how to be a good communication partner for a child who uses an augmentative communication/ picture based communication system. The handout addresses creating a positive communication environment, being
Subjects:
Special Education, Professional Development, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Handouts, Printables, For Parents
FREE
9 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This FREE handout explains what story building apps can be used and how to use them to build narrative skills in your students with language disorders or delays or complex communication needs. Narratives are the heart of our interactions.
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Professional Documents, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
FREE
10 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Most aac devices and apps come with at least a basic set of preprogramed pages for your aac user. But all systems need to be customized for the individual user, even those based on core vocabulary. You want to make sure that there is sufficient
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, ...
Types:
Handouts, Professional Documents, For Parents
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a set of 2 generic monthly calendars for expressive language practice for students who need the support over the summer. Each day has a communication task for students to formulate language. There is a range of activities for different skill
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Homework, Printables
FREE
7 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a free set of tic-tac-toe-like game boards using color photos and graphics to practice summer vocabulary. Words include bus, train, plane, bubbles, picnic, park, pool, amusement ride, bar-b-que, bike, scooter, skateboard, hopscotch, beach,
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
FREE
8 ratings
3.9
Digital Download PDF (33.92 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Whether you want your student/child to practice to maintain skills over the summer, need them to keep practicing to build skills, or want them to get ready for next year here are some cards you can use to get through vacation - or any time. There
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards
FREE
8 ratings
4.0
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Handouts, EBooks, For Parents
FREE
24 ratings
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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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