Speaking well enough to be understood has been near and dear to our family for several years now. It began when my second child, Joseph, was non-verbal at age 2. He could not even say MaMa or DaDa. Since that time we have learned what a help sign language can be, we have added several children to our family, and that same son had throat surgery so that he could speak and generally be understood. He was 4 at the time, and there were many sounds he could not make, many lingering speech issues.
Joseph is now 5 1/2, and has picked up some of the sounds he could not make before, but not all of them. His next youngest sibling, Emma, has a different speech issue. She has a habit of not saying the sound at the end of many words. She just leaves it off. We, like many one-income families, cannot afford expensive speech therapy, but we also did not have the tools to work with our children effectively at home.
I was very excited when the opportunity to review products from Super Star Speech came! We received the following in e-book format(print formats available at a different price):
Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple ($12.95) – The basic speech therapy handbook, with an articulation test to pinpoint weak areas for each child, specifics for teaching each sound, games, activities, and a lesson plan sheet to plan lessons for your individual needs.
Super Star R & L ($12.95) – A book specifically focusing on the R and L sounds, with games specific to working with a child on those sounds.
Super Star S, Z, & Sh ($12.95) – A book specifically focusing on therapy for the sounds S, Z, and Sh, with games and activities specific to those sounds.
Super Star Ch, J, & Th ($12.95) - A book specifically focusing on therapy for the sounds Ch, J, and Th, with games and activities specific to those sounds.
Finally I had the tools to help my children improve minor speech issues at home! I had no prior background in speech therapy, but with these books it was easy to know not only what to do, but how to model and practice each sound. The articulation test also explains which sounds should be mastered by what age in a typically progressing child, which was helpful. I was able to see where my son really needed to focus on first, the sounds he should have learned at a younger age but had not.
There are included word cards using the sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words and these have a drawing for my non-readers. Some of the board games require reading, so we can simply adapt them or save them for later. I liked being able to work on the specific speech issues of each child, and that with the cards and games I could even combine my children into the same game, drawing from different card piles.
The only possible drawback I found is that I need to make the time to play the games and practice the sounds. If I don’t take my job seriously there is no one to make sure it gets done.
I really appreciate the opportunity to review the Super Star Speech products, they are something we will continue to use in our home.
Disclaimer - I received these products for free to review.