Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Super Star Speech ~ Expanded Edition

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Have you ever wondered if you can give speech therapy at home? Since I began homeschooling 5 years ago I have thought about it quite a few times. Four of my eight children have had problems with their speech over the years. Two of them were in public school and received therapy there, but the other two have always been homeschooled. What then? How do you know what to do if you have no experience yourself?

Superstar Speech was written by Deborah M. Lott, a speech-language-pathologist who is also a homeschool mom, to help parents give speech therapy at home. She warns however, if your child has many articulation errors, language delays, stuttering, a physical problem that impairs speech, or if you do not have the time to commit to doing speech therapy at home, then you should seek help from a professional speech therapist instead.

Deborah has written many books which are all available from, including this new Expanded Edition of Superstar Speech which combines all of these books into one spiral bound book with 315 pages.

Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple
Super Star R and L
Super Star S, Z, and Sh
Super Star Ch, J, and Th
Super Star Speech Supplement

I sure wish I had this book many years ago for my older kids, but I'm thankful to have it now. The book begins with an articulation test to determine the sounds your child needs help with based on their age. I already knew my 9 and 6 year old had problems with the /th/ sound, but I also discovered my 6 year old needed work on a few other sounds as well.

Permission is given to copy the forms in the book so you can use them with more than one child if needed. She helps guide you as you form a therapy plan just right for your child's needs.

Deborah uses games as a way to practice troublesome sounds. My 6 year old especially enjoys this time spent alone with me. Deborah's advice to practice with both of us facing a mirror has been really helpful for my 9 year old son. He has always been a visual learner, so it makes sense that he needed to see a mouth forming the right sounds with the lips and tongue. I was correcting them a lot at home before, but now they have begun to realize when they make the wrong sound and stop and say it the right way.

Finding the time to give individual attention to each child has been challenging, but other than that Super Star Speech is easy to use and understand. I really appreciate how it is written so I feel like I know what I am doing when we practice. There are no fancy technical words that the average parent, like me, wouldn't understand.  Best of all it works and I am already seeing improvement after just a month. It is worth the time investment!

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Deborah has kindly offered my readers a discount! Receive a 20% discount on any print book with the coupon code "speech09" or a $5.00 discount on the ebook version at Currclick. The print book costs $39.95 and the ebook is $29.95 at regular price.

You can also find Super Star Speech on Facebook and be sure to visit the Super Star Speech Blog for updates and announcements as well as tips.

Disclaimer ~ I received this product at no cost in exchange for an honest review after using it in our homeschool. No other compensation was given. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

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