Review: Super Star Speech
I was recently given the choice of reviewing Super Star Speech or one of the homeschool games from the website. I chose to review Super Star Speech because of our past experience with speech therapy. Josh began therapy at age four.
Because the therapy was free, though the school system, for county residents, we went that route at first. Ultimately, I began using an at-home speech therapy program with him because it just seemed a better use of our time than driving fifteen minutes one way for a half-hour therapy session with three to four other kids. Josh usually only wound up getting ten minutes (at the most) individualized instruction.
The at-home therapy worked well for us and, back in the day, I was constantly recommending therapy resources to other homeschooling families whose children needed speech therapy. Because of that, I wanted to take a look at Super Star Speech to see if I could add it to the speech therapy resources that I’d recommend to parents.
Super Star Speech was written by Deborah Lott, a licensed speech pathologist who holds a Master’s degree in education and speech pathology. The book is available as a ring bound book ($22.95), a spiral bound book ($18.95) or an e-book ($12.95). It contains:
- Articulation tests to identify problem sounds
- Instructions for teaching all the consonants except H, M, Q, W, X, and Y (not sure why those aren’t included, but you should know that they aren’t if these are your child’s problem sounds)
- Instructions for teaching the following digraphs: NG, SH, CH, TH
- 240 picture cards for articulation practice
- Games and activities for practicing sounds
- Great tips for teaching sessions, including how to encourage your child’s progress
- Fifteen suggestions for games and activities to make practicing any sound more fun
The book includes an articulation chart (also available on the Super Star Speech website) which lists common consonant and digraph sounds arranged by the age most children can successfully make them.
I thought Super Star Speech offered solid speech correction tips and a thorough therapy plan. Lesson plans are not included because each child’s speech therapy plans are unique, but blank lesson plan forms are included with tips on how to get the most of the therapy with your child. The wide variety of blank games included will offer lots of variety in practicing target sounds.
With its reasonable price, I would feel comfortable recommending Super Star Speech to families with children who have basic articulation errors. The book is not designed for kids with many errors, language delays or stuttering. Visit Super Star Speech to learn more or to look at the two books available for specific speech errors — Super Star R & L and Super Star S, Z, and SH.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
What would you recommend for a family that might have larger speech issues? We have already exhausted what our private insurance will allow for. And for the same reasons as you we don't want to go the public school route.
I would definately like to hear some other recomendations you have for other speech programs used at home. We have some articulation issues here and I though that program looks nice, but was wondering what other resourses you might recommend. You can email me if you'd rather not post publically chikadea at hotmail dot com thanks!
I'd be interested in knowing what resources you have used in the past. My two kids have both articulation issues and receptive and expressive language delays. Up until now we have used the public school system for therapy, but we have already decided that after school is out we will begin doing therapy at home. I've heard good things about the Straight Talk program. Have you by chance used it?
I'd also love to know the logic resource that you were using with your daughter. It sounds like something that I could use with my daughter.
The other speech program that we have used is Straight Talk by Marisa Lapish, who is also a speech therapist. It is also a very good resource, perhaps more thorough than Super Star Speech, but without as many activity ideas. I think the two could complement each other nicely.
Jennifer, unfortunately, I don't have an experience with larger speech issues. My son had articulation delays, which was addressed in Straight Talk.
Kim, I'm not sure what logic book you're referring to unless it was the book from The Critical Thinking Co. that I reviewed recently. Is that it?
Oops — I think I combined your post with another post I read today where someone said a logic book had really helped with her daughter's expressive language problems. Sorry!
Thank you so much for reviewing and posting this! I did not even realize that there were at-home programs we could use for speech! I will be checking out both of these resources that you've mentioned.
Thanks for your review! I enjoyed reading your impressions of Super Star Speech. Regarding the sounds not taught–m, h, w, and y are very easy sounds that few children have trouble with. Q and X are actually blends (kw and ks), not separate phonemes.
Great review! We are using Super Star R and L. Loving it:)