Susan Berkowitz

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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
Moving AAC users beyond single words can be difficult without targeted practice both in and out of the context or environment. If you need more structured practice for your aac users, here is a resource for you. Here is practice for AAC users or
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Other
$13.00
24
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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
53
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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
Frustrated by finding easy to use therapy materials for mixed groups? Need materials to cover a range of language skills all in one place? This is a set of more than 300 cards for semantic relationship skills that can be used as task cards in a
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Activities
CCSS:
SL.K.4, SL.1.4, L.K.1b, L.K.1e, L.K.5a, L.K.5b, L.1.1f, L.1.1i, L.1.5a, L.1.5b, L.2.1a
$13.75
23
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By Susan Berkowitz
Learning about how our country started is a must in every class curriculum. But many of the concepts are abstract for special learners. This resource contains language-based materials to use with the book: "…if you lived in Colonial Times" by Ann
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Informational Text, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$5.00
31
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you are working to improve students' personal narratives, stories, and story retells, these differentiated visual cues and templates are ready-made. This resource contains several differently organized visual cues for telling and retelling
Subjects:
Reading Strategies, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Graphic Organizers, Printables
$5.00
35
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for resources that begin to build describing skills and adjective use? Using describing words - and more complex language - is a familiar objective when working with students with language disorders. Give students practice formulating
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.25
35
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By Susan Berkowitz
Constantly looking for more sequencing resources? 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
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.1.2
$6.25
34
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for materials to cover multiple objectives for listening comprehension, sequencing skills, and story retelling? Listening, answering questions about what they have heard, and sequencing the elements in auditory input are all crucial language
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.2, SL.K.4, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.6
$10.00
38
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for accessible materials for the books you use in therapy or the classroom? Strega Nona is a classic storybook, and offers multiple opportunities to work on language skills. Using story books in intervention is a great way to increase
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RF.K.2e, RF.1.2, SL.1.2, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, L.K.1b, L.1.1f...
$8.00
24
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need an engaging activity to help students sequence symbols into phrases and sentences? This is a fun activity for students who use aac or have limited language skills to practice making symbol sentences without the pressure of needing to “make a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$3.75
18
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you need help with resources for AAC practice expanding phrases, these resources are for you! Here is more practice for aac users and students with limited language with sequencing symbols and words into phrases and sentences.There are 66
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
CCSS:
CCRA.L.1
$5.25
14
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By Susan Berkowitz
Students with language disorders can often master the formulation of simple sentences. However, they start to fall apart when asked to construct compound or complex sentences; sentences with modifiers, sentences with clauses, sentences that require
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Grammar, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Games
$3.00
12
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By Susan Berkowitz
Need a fun activity for working on narratives and story telling skills that is different every time you use it? Use the pictures on these story dice as visual prompts to help kids create unique short stories. Make them funny, sad, mysterious or
Subjects:
Other (ELA), Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.50
11
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for fun ways to expand your AAC users' language skills and use of core vocabulary? Running out of ideas for ways to practice building core word phrases and sentences? This is a game similar to Scrabble®, but using words instead of letters to
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Tools for Common Core, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Games
$4.00
13
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By Susan Berkowitz
If you're struggling with speech students who don't understand wh questions, or are having a hard time with their auditory memory when it comes to formulating answers, this is the perfect resource for you! I have been teaching wh questions for years
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Task Cards, Games
$3.00
15
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By Susan Berkowitz
'Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One' by Kate Duke is the perfect book for teaching students how to build stories and what story elements are needed. This book walks students through the process of creating each story element and building upon them.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Literacy Center Ideas, Activities
$6.50
7
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By Susan Berkowitz
Describing, comparing, and contrasting are key language skills for communication and academics. Are you working with students with language disorders who have difficulty with using specific vocabulary and comparative concepts? Build language for
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Homeschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Activities, Printables
$6.75
8
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By Susan Berkowitz
Here are 8 activity-based picture communication boards for summer for your AAC users. AAC users all need a robust AAC system, but having core word based activity boards can be useful when engaging in specific activities. Also great for sending
Subjects:
Life Skills, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Handouts, Printables
CCSS:
SL.K.1, SL.K.1b, SL.K.3, SL.K.4, L.K.1b, L.K.5c
$7.25
3
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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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