Susan Berkowitz

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Students with language disorders can have difficulty with formulating explanations or telling what to do. This is a set of 180 game cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill for individuals with developmental and
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Making associations between tasks and objects needed is a crucial language and life skill. Making sure you have everything you need to complete a task is an important part of daily living skills. Help students learn the names of actions and objects
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Prepare your students for community-based social language skills. Teach them to think about situations and find the right thing to do or say. This is a set of 96 game or task cards for verbal problem solving; an important life and language skill
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Answering Wh-questions is particularly difficult for some students with language disorders. Often the confusion comes with not knowing which kind of word answers what type of questions. This is the focus of my Wh-Question Program here and my
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This is a set of more than 300 cards that can be used as task cards in a classroom or intervention setting, or as game cards in a therapy setting or language center. The cards use Symbol Stix graphics familiar to special education classrooms.
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Practice verb tenses in speech therapy or language arts class with this set of action phrase cards. Here are 72 cards to use to practice verb tenses, both regular and irregular. Each card has an action pictured and an initial verb phrase/simple
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Give students practice with talking about vocabulary with naming items and people, answering Wh-questions about them, categorizing, describing, comparing & contrasting. In this activity, students are asked to name the pictured item; answer Wh
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Here are 160 task cards for figurative language. There are lists of idioms, metaphors, and similes and their meanings, A student record form, 4 to-a-page task cards. Some offer multiple choice, others ask the student to explain. Appropriate for
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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
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If you work with mixed groups in speech-language therapy, you need to be able to target multiple goals at once. These game cards for language are perfect for customizing the target skills within a single game. Here are: • 33 multiple choice cards
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Many words in English language have more than 1 meaning. For some students with severe language disorders, the ability to learn a limited number of vocabulary words for a larger number of contexts is an advantage. For others with less severe
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Students who struggle with spelling, including those with dyslexia, often have difficulty with hearing the sounds in words and - more importantly - where those sounds move and change - to create other words. Here are (2) 90 practice word sets,
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Here is a set of 120 game or task cards to work on establishing third person pronouns. Pictures include single boy and single girl, two boys, two girls, and a pair (one of each). The children have a wide variety of objects and animals (thanks to
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Teaching vocabulary to students is one of the cornerstones of speech-language therapy. Students who lack vocabulary skills have difficulty with reading comprehension, understanding conversations, and accessing curriculum. Categorization is a key
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This is a set of 66 convenient task cards using pictures and letters to give students practice with changing the initial letter(s) in words and adding a new initial letter to make a new word. This kind of practice will absolutely allow your
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Correct use of pronouns is sometimes difficult for students with language disorders. While practice in context, in conversations, is the best way to work on those skills, sometimes structured practice can reinforce skills students are
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Comprehension and use of syntactic forms is essential to speaking and to writing, both of which are crucial to social and academic success. Appropriate use of verb tense is found in the CCSS in Language skills, particularly in the third grade. If
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Included are 168 cards (revised 7-16) that cover a variety of language skills to practice in speech therapy, at home, or in class. Tasks include: name items within category, name items needed for a task, name items by descriptor,
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When I worked in a district with a French Immersion program, first grade teachers found students struggling to learn to read with no access to Resource Specialist support in French. I created some similar worksheets for them, and they found them
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Vocabulary is crucial to social, academic, leisure skills, and it is a big focus in the CCSS. Understanding word relationships is crucial in all academic subjects. And it has long been a major focus in many speech - language intervention sessions.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a speech-language pathologist for >35 years, before which I taught 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 conferences and on webinars. I have also written more than 12 professional CEU hour courses for an on-line university program for SLPs about AAC. 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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