Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Daily living routines are perfect for building language skills. Target specific qualitative concepts needed for understanding how to sort and do laundry in language intervention with your students in speech therapy.Language is easily built through
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Problem Solving
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.00
53
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students who are getting ready for work? Do you need to prepare them for job interviews? Here is the resource that provides sample interview questions, strength and weakness surveys and even appropriate attire questions. Use
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Vocational Education
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Simulations
$3.00
49
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are supporting students with poor executive function skills for organizing what they need for a task and getting organized, this resource will help for those routine, daily living tasks. Making associations between tasks and objects needed is
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Task Cards
$4.00
63
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By Susan Berkowitz
For many students with language disorders, answering Wh-questions is difficult, as are making inferences and predictions. Predicting and infering are often much more difficult than basic Wh questions. This game is a good tool in your intervention
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables, Games
$3.00
30
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with language or executive function disorders who have a difficult time knowing what to do or say in problem situations? Daily living can give rise to all sorts of basic problem situations, and students need to know what
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1d
$4.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are trying to teach students with communication disorders what they can and what they should not say when in the community, this resource has been used for both teens and adults with developmental disabilities to keep them safe and socially
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables, Scripts
$3.00
37
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By Susan Berkowitz
We all know that teaching AAC users to communicate better means interacting with their AAC systems in real-life activities for genuine communication. However, many of our AAC users also need some decontextualized practice to keep them learning where
Subjects:
Special Education, Other (Specialty), Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Other, Activities
$2.50
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are teaching AAC and life skills to students or older clients, setting the table is one of the chores you will want to address, as well as communicating while at the table for those who can't speak or need visual cues. There are a variety of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Activities, Printables
$3.25
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
This resource is for you if you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling stories and developing narratives for
Subjects:
Special Education, Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers
$3.00
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
This is a fun listening activity for students to identify common objects given descriptions. This activity can help students recognize objects by their functions, descriptive details, and associations.. * There are 30 cards with 3 lines of
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
22
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you constantly looking for materials to teach students to answer ans ask Wh questions? Students in speech therapy often confused Who, When, Where, and What doing questions. Give your students specific practice in asking different types of Wh
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$4.00
42
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By Susan Berkowitz
Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating adjective + object phrases with communication symbols. This will help both verbal and
Subjects:
Grammar, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
$3.25
34
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you have students who have difficulty with listening skills and sequencing skills in your speech language therapy classroom? Many students in speech language therapy or with significant language disorders have difficulty with both of these
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Literacy Center Ideas
CCSS:
SL.1.2
$4.50
31
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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:A set of 3 boards that
Subjects:
Spanish, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1b
$4.25
17
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do your students need help choosing the right clothes for the occasion? Can they talk about why they make their choices? We might laugh at toddlers who are noted for their desire to wear boots in the summer and party dresses to the playground, but
Subjects:
Special Education, Life Skills, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Printables
$4.75
33
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting AAC users in tele-therapy/ tele-practice or just looking for independent activities for individual AAC users? AAC users need support with using core words both in context and in decontextualized activities for practice. This BOOM
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities
$3.00
27
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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:
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Games
$3.50
26
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By Susan Berkowitz
Are you supporting students with executive function problems or poor impulse control? Help them practice solving common safety problems by answering questions with a choice of two words/symbols. Students choose how to respond to every day problem
Subjects:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
$2.50
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're supporting AAC users in telepractice, this resource is for you. AAC users need opportunities to practice using core words both in context and out. Practice formulating simple 3 word sentences with core words.This BOOM deck offers 30
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Activities, Interactive Whiteboard, Internet Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, L.K.1, L.K.1d
$3.00
18
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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:
Special Education, Oral Communication, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Games
$1.75
22
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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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