Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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Build understanding of prepositional concepts, sequencing, phonological awareness, vocabulary, describing skills and more! This resource builds language and literacy skills with “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood. In this resource you will
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Help your students navigate the complexities of figurative language as you work with Amelia Bedelia and her misunderstanding of idioms, multiple meaning words, and other figurative language. These materials about idioms, metaphors, similes, and
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This pack works with The Fisherman and His Wife, by the Brothers Grimm (no copyright problems). It uses the story to build language skills. The information in the intro includes a hierarchy of questions to ask during reading and behavior
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Using storybooks in speech therapy and early education provides students with knowledge about story structure and offers multiple language targets; including vocabulary, describing, sequencing and re-telling. This resource is lots of language-based
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Incorporate shared reading and literacy instruction into your groups of special education students with the materials for The Little Red Hen; covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading & writing & word work,
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This companion resource for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (a 3rd grade book where I live) contains the following language-based activity materials • 18 vocabulary cards, • a vocabulary worksheet to use with any vocabulary word, and • an antonyms
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Provide informational text to your special education students as per the Common Core Standards. This pack contains • a therapist-written book about animals (17 of them) arranged by color. • Each page has a photograph of the animal and important
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Help students learn language through literature and discussion of stories. This is a file of adapted materials for differentiated learning/special education for the book "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" This is a fun book no matter
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for The Three Little Pigs, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading &; writing
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If you like repeating line books for your students' participation, try this 16 pg. clinician authored book about a dog who chews things in the house. He chews a different number of things each day. (Somewhat like a caterpillar we all know). The book
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Great for speech-language therapy or differentiated instruction, here are language activities for the Max and Mo book Let's Build a Snowman by Patricia Lakin. Find lesson plans for 5 different sessions, for comparative describing words, sequencing,
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Teach story elements using classic tales - fairy tales. This is the 2nd fairy tale for language development product I've posted. Guided reading and language-based activities help students to develop the concepts of story elements and increase
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Incorporate guided and shared reading and literacy instruction into your group of special education students with the materials for Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, covering vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, retelling, grammar, reading and writing
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Need to meet standards in reading and language with your students with language disorders? Having a hard time finding relevant resources? Look no further! This series of language-based activities will definitely cover all bases. Incorporate guided
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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