Sunday, April 25, 2010

Super Star Speech

As a 2nd year member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to review many homeschool products over the next several months. The only compensation that I receive for my review is the free product. I feel truly blessed to be participating in this review group and I'm looking forward to trying out more products and giving you my honest opinion.

I can very vividly being called out of my first grade class and sitting in the hallway with a speech therapist as she patiently taught me to curl my tongue when I pronounced the 'r' sound. I had been teased and teased by my sisters...they would laugh and say, "Say 'car' again!"...."Caw!!!" I would say. I just couldn't hear the difference. Thankfully, after a few months of weekly visits with the speech therapist, I was pronouncing my r's correctly.

H4 (who will be 5 in May) has also always pronounced her r's incorrectly. To be quite honest with you, this hasn't bothered me much. I always felt like it would eventually go away and if it didn't, I could sit down with her and help her to 'curl her tongue'. However, as she has gotten older with no signs of loosing this speech error I have begun to wonder if really could help her. Add to that the fact that we have had great concern for our littlest Baby L...since he was born with some health issues that caused overall low muscle tone, we have been seeing a speech therapist since his first month.

All this to say that I was quite pleased to have the opportunity to review Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple by Deborah Lott. Deborah is a homeschool mom and a licensed Speech language pathologist a with Master’s degree in Education/ speech pathology. She had found that many parents needed a more affordable option to helping their children overcome speech errors and wanted to work with their children at home prior to seeking professional therapy which is why she created Super Star Speech.

Deborah has made it so easy for a parent to work with their child who is having speech issues. Super Star Speech includes clear instructions on how to teach sounds that your child is struggling with and how to give an assessment test to your child to see which sounds he/she needs to work on. She will also walk you through how to set up a lesson plans to work through the sounds. Also included are flashcards and games to play. H4 especially enjoyed these games. I can remember feeling embarrassed as a child that I wasn't pronouncing sounds correctly and I was concerned that H4 might feel this way as well. But making a game out of correcting her sounds has been so helpful and we are already seeing improvement with her. (Note: I should also mention that H4 is still young to be concerned about speech issues. From the Super Star Speech website: Errors are a normal part of speech development and many children do not have perfect articulation until around 7 or 8 years of age. )

Super Star Speech is so affordable at only $22.95 for a ring bound copy and$18.95 for Spiral bound. You can also purchase a downloadable copy at Currclick at up to 40% off the print versions.

You can also purchase additional Super Star books that specialize in certain sounds: Super Star R & L, Super Star S, Z, and Sh, and Super Star Ch, J, and Th. These books have additional games, activities, and flashcards and are well worth it in my opinion!

For more information, visit Super Star Speech and for more reviews of this product visit the TOS Crew. Pin It Now!

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