Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Super Star Speech

Speech was something that I knew was going to be a concern in my family. My husband, his father, his brother, and my stepson all had to go to speech class growing up and they all hated it. However, as an educator on the elementary school level, I knew the importance of speech and correcting it at an early age. That's why as soon as I noticed my daughter struggling and getting frustrated I had her evaluated. And sure enough she has an articulation issue.

Now she is in regular speech therapy and being the proactive mom I am, I'm constantly looking for products and resources to help her with her speech. So I was excited to try out Super Star Speech! It's a great way to try out speech therapy at home.

The Super Star Speech  materials have been designed by a speech-language-pathologist to assist parents in helping their children achieve developmentally appropriate speech and to provide some of the necessary resources to do speech therapy at home. The focus of these books is the correction of articulation (speech sound) errors.

There are four different Super Star Speech books to choose from depending on your child's specific issue. There is the Super Star Speech (pretty comprehensive for most articulation problems), The Super Star R and L, Super Star S, Z, and Sh, and Super Star Ch, J, and Z. 

My Take: My daughter is super young so her main problem is labeled as articulation but it's more of her leaving off constant sounds and dropping letters. so I thought the general Super Star Speech book would be perfect for her. So what did I think? It has a great little articulation test in the beginning to use on your child. However, articulation tests with younger kids are hard to do. My daughter wouldn't cooperate and it was difficult to know what to write down. Deborah Lott, the author does a great job of directions but if this isn't your field it can still be difficult. In the case of my daughter, even the speech language pathologist had issues with testing her. I think it would be great to use with older children though. Second, there are tons of great flashcards that you can print out and use with your kids. I know this is a big thing with my daughter's learning and I've used a few of the cards with her. You can even let the kids color them to make it a more interactive learning experience. Here's a sample page:

 I also love the games. The only problem was some were a little too advanced for my daughter. Lots of the games the child needs to be able to read and she's just not there...yet...LOL. Here's a sample of one of the games:
You can use the word lists for this one. The objective is to get the bee to the hive. We just rolled a dice, went the number of spaces and I would read to her what was on the cloud. We actually used one of her word lists from speech class for this one. she loved it! 

Now for the not so positives. One, I used the ebook. I'm a fan of ebooks for printing out materials and reading books but when it's something that I need to flip back and forth with then it becomes a pain. I would suggest getting the print copy. Two, maybe these could have age levels included. I think it would be better if there was a preschool edition, elementary edition and so on. I know, I'm making more work for Deborah Lott but I can't help it. I'm always looking for a way to make it easier for the parents. 

Overall this is a great book and I would suggest using it with your kiddos. It's been a great supplemental resource for my family. I would however strongly urge, as does the author, that if you feel your child does have a speech issue then please take them to get evaluated as soon as possible. It's lots easier to correct a speech issue at a younger age than when they get older! =)

Buy it: The particular edition I reviewed retails for $22.95 (3 ring binder) or $19.95 spiral bound. The ereader version is $12.95. The other books are $28.95 each and also $12.95 for the ereader editions. I also have a code for you to get 20% off. It's mamabuzz and can be used when checking out.

And be sure to follow Super Star Speech on Facebook.

Disclosure: This is a MamaBuzz Media review. The product was provided by Super Star Speech for this review. All ideas and opinions are my own. I was not paid nor compensated in any other way.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review! It's helpful to read both what you liked and about what didn't work for you!

    D. Lott


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