Susan Berkowitz

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Susan Berkowitz
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By Susan Berkowitz
Do you need help with resources that address the language learning needs of your students at an early stage of development? Try my storybook-based materials for building language and meeting targets with stories that kids enjoy. Learning the parts
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$5.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Susan Berkowitz
Provide your AAC users with extended core vocabulary by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning the same vocabulary in a number of different activities to give your students the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$16.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (103.70 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Provide your AAC users with extended core vocabulary by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning the same vocabulary in a number of different activities to give your students the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$15.00
2 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (109.24 MB)
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
Digital Download PDF (33.00 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Provide your AAC users with extended core vocabulary by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning the same vocabulary in a number of different activities to give your students the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$16.00
1 rating
4.0
Digital Download PDF (147.24 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Support your AAC users all through the year with 4 seasonal resources for Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall that cover both core words and fringe vocabulary. There are many different interactive and engaging activities in each resource and students
Subjects:
Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$63.50
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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
Here is a fun craftivity for speech therapy, preschool, or special education to practice the language concepts of colors and shapes while making a holiday tree. Students can follow your directions to choose and place colored shapes, or you can have
Subjects:
Special Education, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Speech Therapy
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
FREE
3 ratings
4.0
Digital Download PDF (2.33 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Provide your AAC users with extended core vocabulary by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning the same vocabulary in a number of different activities to give your students the
Subjects:
Vocabulary, Special Education, Speech Therapy
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Activities, Interactive Notebooks
$16.00
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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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