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.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.