Panda Speech

Panda Speech

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Panda SpeechWelcome to this weeks Meet Your Maker… Amanda Schaumburg of Panda Speech website and TPT store.  I started following her on Instagram… and I just love love love her. First of all she has great hair :). Second she has a great variety of resources. Check her out below and finally Meet this Maker.
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  • What made you get into this profession?  When I was in high school I was a peer-tutor for the special education class. I often assisted the SLP during her sessions with the students. I also was an assistant coach for Special Olympics,  which cemented my desire to work in special education. I knew the day I walked up to Hardin Simmons University that I would be an SLP some day!
  •  What school did you go to?  I started my college career at Hardin-Simmons University in 2001! I finished with Master’s Degree in December 2009 at West Texas A&M University.
  • Are you a parent? If yes any advice to working moms/dads on how to balance both (i.e. tricks of the trade, time management suggestions, etc.) I am a mother to a ten year old boy and a step-mom to nine and eleven year old boys. Our middle son has Asperger’s, so I also get the parent’s perspective too (he has had speech, OT, and other therapies). My best advice is to find a place to work where you don’t have to take home a lot of paperwork (I would ask that in the interview!). So many SLPs do not get paperwork time in their day and that is stealing time away from their families! I am blessed to have a job where I can get almost all of it done within the working day.
  • Dog, cat, or other? Please feel free to share pets and names.   Dog. I have a Boston Terrier named Fannie who is my best friend. She and I are inseparable! I even tried to get her certified as a therapy dog (so she could come to work with me) but she failed (too hyper). LOL I have been pegged as the crazy dog lady (and I am OK with it!). She has her own hashtag on Instagram! ha ha Check it out #fanniemorene
  • One mistake (or more) you made as a newbie speechie.  My biggest mistake as a newbie was not asking for help enough! I felt so much pressure to know it all and I when I didn’t, I would spend countless hours in textbooks or research articles figuring it out. Please don’t do that, ask an SLP in your building for direction! You have an SLP supervisor for a reason! You don’t have to impress everyone all of the time with all of your knowledge, our profession is huge, its okay to need a little help!
  • One tip on collaborating with other professionals or parents.  If you are working in a school, send newsletters with your progress notes. I also try to get parents’ email addresses if I need to send them a quick note! It is easier at an outpatient clinic, a home health program, or an early intervention program because you see the parent every session. It takes effort in the schools to regularly communicate with parents, but parents play such a huge role in carry over skills (it’s worth it!).
  • One goal (professional or personal). One of my professional goals is to get my bilingual certification (English/Spanish). I am currently refining my skills through several programs and I even have a teacher in Mexico that I Skype with once a week!  I can communicate in Spanish functionally now but I want to be more fluent!
  • Product you are most proud of.

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Language Blocks has been my most reviewed and purchased product. I think it is so popular because of the amount of language objectives I included! It is a simple way to use Jenga or Tumbling Towers blocks in a new way that is less frustrating (less tower crashes) and directly therapeutic!

  • Why you decided to be an entrepreneur and make the products that you do.  I started making speech therapy materials in graduate school to use with clients/students in my clinical practicums. When I discovered Teachers Pay Teachers I was thrilled that I had a way of sharing my creations and also making a side income! I also love sharing ideas on my blog and social media!
  • Please give a snippet of the products/services that you produce.   My TPT shop, Panda Speech, has a variety of resources for SLPs and teachers. My specialties are interactive books, no-prep materials, game companion mats, and seasonal materials.
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Check out her popular game companions here.

 

You can find Panda Speech on her website www.pandaspeech.com. She gives away FREEBIES on TPT and through her newsletter! You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/pandaspeechmail

Check her out at these places as well…

TPT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Panda-Speech

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pandaspeech/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pandaspeech/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pandaspeech/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pandaspeech

Here are my personal recommendations from her TPT store…
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Color-by-number NO PREP
pages for each of the following skills (24 coloring pages total) in a fun back to school theme.→ Categories
→ Compare/Contrast
→ WH-Questions
→ Associations
→ Describing
→ Opposites
Speech Zee
This game is designed for students 7 years and older. It is an easy to score game with articulation targets right on the score sheet! This download targets later developing articulation sounds. It comes with 34 different score sheets that address sounds in the initial, medial, and final position of words.
Big Articulation Homework Bundle
This download includes ALL Early and Later Sounds homework pages (targeting words and phrases!)
She made these quick and easy to use homework pages to send home with students for continued practice.

Each page has 10 word targets and 6 phrase level targets!

The phrase level is optional. There is a place to check if you want them to practice the phrases or just have the parents read the phrases for modeling purposes!
Basic concepts

Each book has a comprehension activity at the end to reinforce the concepts. This is a very engaging and fun element for the students.

These books are great for: functional vocabulary, increasing MLU (mean length of utterance), matching skills, expressive/receptive language skills, following directions, and listening skills. They were designed to be simple and functional without a lot of distracting images or text. They would also be great for pk/k classrooms, special education, or ESL. Many children will recognize the functional vocabulary in these books and will get excited to use the symbols and pieces!
Fluency Strategies
She designed these mini posters for a quick and easy way to introduce fluency strategies in therapy. Use the visuals during various activities to cue the student. Each strategy teaching poster comes with an description, a visual, and a practice task.
Thank you Mandi for all you do to contribute to our profession and to the world!!!! You truly MAKE it a better place.
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