Susan Berkowitz

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By Susan Berkowitz
Love using stories in therapy? The Gingerbread Man is a familiar story for students to use to practice describing, sequencing, retelling, vocabulary, and more receptive and expressive language tasks. Save time with these engaging storybook-based
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$5.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Teaching core vocabulary words? You know students learn best through thematic units that build vocabulary sets with multiple variations and repetitions. Here are activities to teach your AAC users extended core vocabulary for a Fall theme. This
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$16.00
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By Susan Berkowitz
Trying to find materials to teach consistent core vocabulary to your AAC users? Provide your AAC users with extended core and fringe words by teaching in themes. This resource provides AAC users with multiple repetitions and contexts for learning
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$15.00
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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:
Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Projects, Activities
$64.00
$51.50
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By Susan Berkowitz
Looking for resources to build your AAC users' vocabulary? Try using thematic units; like this one for Summer core and fringe words. Focus on vocabulary for Summer activities, beach days, and ocean animals.Provide your AAC users with extended core
Subjects:
Speech Therapy, Special Education, Vocabulary
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Projects, Interactive Notebooks, Activities
$16.00
1
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By Susan Berkowitz
Project based learning builds not just academic skills but also social skills, cooperation and more For our AAC users it can build vital communication skills within the context of a genuine communication context.AAC users and students who are
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Activities
$3.50
Digital Download PDF (221.36 MB)
By Susan Berkowitz
Project based learning builds not just academic skills but also social skills, cooperation and more For our AAC users it can build vital communication skills within the context of a genuine communication context.Here is an activity that many
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Activities
$4.00
1
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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, Speech Therapy, Vocabulary
Grades:
Homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Printables
FREE
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By Susan Berkowitz
Project based learning builds not just academic skills but also social skills, cooperation and more. For our AAC users it can build vital communication skills within the context of a genuine communication context.Here is an activity that many
Subjects:
Oral Communication, Speech Therapy, Special Education
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Activities
$3.50
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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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