Review: Super Duper Publications
What is Super Duper Publications?
A company started by a speech-language pathologist that creates fun and engaging speech-language pathology games, flashcards, activities, and more!
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What Carrie Thinks:
Most of the time, I love their open-ended materials so I can adapt my therapy in the moment. Their flashcards, fun decks, story starters, and magnetic barrier games are great for that. But I also love their specific games to use once or twice a month as a fun way for my clients to practice and generalize their skills in a different way. The awesome part about Super Duper is they have multiple different products for each skill, so you can pick and choose whether you like more open-ended products or more game-like activities.
Super Duper’s line of educational materials covers all areas of speech-language pathology in addition to occupational therapy, physical therapy, autism, education, and more! Their ready-to-go therapy materials are beautiful, well made, engaging, fun, and thorough. They have many different types of products available from flashcards to books, software to games.
For our review, Super Duper has been kind enough to send me seven free products to review. These products show a variety of the different types of materials they have available. I will include specific reviews of these seven products in the next section:
These products are great for speech-language pathologists who work with kids on a variety of skills. They are also easy for teachers and parents to use as well so they could be loaned out for home practice or classroom carry-over. They have materials that are great for working with children of all ages.
What Is It?
Therapy materials, games, worksheets, programs, tests, and more! Focusing on all different types of skills, disorders, and therapies.
- Augmentative/Alternative Communication
- Auditory Processing
- Basic Concepts
- Brain Injury
- Critical Thinking
- Motor Speech
- Oral Motor
- Phonological Awareness
- Social Skills
- Spanish Materials
I have been very impressed with the quality of the materials that I have received from Super Duper. All of the materials are strong enough to stand against the wear and tear of small children.
Super Duper has items priced as low as a few dollars and up, though their large programs and curriculums can cost hundreds of dollars. Most of the products probably fall in the $30-$60 range, though.
Super Duper has been gracious enough to grant all of the members at The SLP Solution a 10% discount on all purchases! To claim your 10% discount, become a member!
How to Purchase:
You can purchase items from Super Duper on their website at www.superduperinc.com. You can also find them at most state/national conferences within the US and you can even order a catalog to order from there.
How is it Delivered?
Items will be shipped to whatever address you specify. Shipping seemed speedy for my order and they offer free shipping over $75.
What if I want to return a product? You may return any product in good condition that doesn’t meet your needs within 90 days of purchase (except opened tests, test forms, oral-motor products, and software). We will give you a speedy exchange or full refund. We will replace open software with an exact copy, only if the software is defective.
Super Duper has a great customer service department. You can reach them by phone, email or fax and they have information about how to purchase with a purchase order or through your company/work, as well.
Amazon Ratings: Super Duper sells their products on Amazon too, and most of their products have an average rating of 4 or 5 stars (out of 5).
Facebook Reviews: At the time that I am writing this, Super Duper has 20 Facebook reviews with an average rating of 2.8 out of 5. It appears that almost all of the negative reviews on Facebook are related to a bombed marketing idea in 2017 where they were promoting a “Funzee Speech Girl” shirt (or maybe other marketing materials). The controversy was based on them referring to smart, intelligent women with a Master’s Degree as “girls”. Many felt degraded by this. I don’t see any negative reviews however about the products themselves and I don’t see any recent marketing efforts using the “Speech Girl” materials though the shirt does seem to still be available on their website.
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On Amazon: Super Duper sells their materials on Amazon and those do occasionally go on sale, but it seems to me that they are priced higher on Amazon than on the Super Duper website as a whole, so you’re probably better off shopping on Super Duper (unless you factor in the Amazon Prime free shipping).
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Specific Product Reviews:
I’m putting this one first because it is my favorite!! This game is great for working on SO many speech and language skills and it’s also super fun for the children. Here’s how it works. One child sits on either side of this easel (or you sit opposite your client). You each have the same background (which you can switch out between different pictures) and the same set of magnets. The goal at the end of the activity is for both boards to look the same (in terms of where the magnets are placed) but the children can’t look. They have to use great communication to tell each other where to put things. This game is made of high quality materials and is super appealing to children.
I seriously have so many ways that I use this that I can’t list them all, but I’ll list quite a few. Here are my ideas for this, in no particular order:
- Have your client practice their sound at the sentence or conversational level: This kit comes with a TON of magnets and scenes to choose from so it’s very easy to load up this activity with whatever sound your client is working on. For example, if your child is working on the /s/ sound in sentences, get out the grocery store scene and all of the magnets with /s/. Have your client say, “The sea horse is in the store” and repeat this for every /s/ word he puts in the store.
- Categorization/Vocab: There are a lot of different ways to talk about vocabulary with this set. You could bring out all of the magnets and help the child talk about which words belong and which don’t belong with certain sets (i.e., “This is a food item, it doesn’t belong in outer space”).
- Conversational Repair: When you have two children working together, they can work on asking clarifying questions and rephrasing to reduce confusion. For example, if one child says “put the astronaut by the rocket”, the other child might need to ask the clarifying question of “should I put it above or below the rocket?”
- Spatial Concepts: Your clients will have a lot of chances to practice spatial concepts like above, below, next to, under, near, etc.
- Negotiation/Cooperation: Sometimes it is helpful to tell the children that they have to work together to create the scene instead of just letting one child dictate where everything should go. Encourage them to find ways to talk through where to put everything when they disagree.
- Grammatical/Language Structures: If you’re targeting a specific language structure, you can use this activity to work on it at the sentence or conversational level. For example, if you’re working on the present progressive “-ing”, have the child say “The ____ is ____-ing” after each item that she puts on the board.
Ok, I’m going to stop there but I could go on and on. I am a HUGE fan of open-ended activities that can be used for a variety of skills. This allows you to have fewer materials and makes it easily adaptable so you can target whatever skill you’re working on in EXACTLY the way you need to. However, if you’re looking for a little more guidance when working on various skills, this kit also has an entire workbook (with CD) packed full of different worksheets and activities that you can use with this set for a variety of skills. They really thought of everything.
Clark Boys’ Review:
My children, ages 3 and 5 helped me review this product, as well. They both had a ton of fun playing this game. It really did a great job of getting them talking and communicating. And it made it very apparent when they weren’t communicating clearly enough. Here are their thoughts:
Jackhammer, Age 5:
- “It makes me want to play it all day long, every day long, all night long, every night long!”
- “I liked playing with the guys and putting the magnets in weird places.”
Optimus Prime, Age 3:
- “And I like throwing the magnets part of the game!” (We didn’t throw them)
- “I liked to put the magnets on top of each other”
I’m also pretty in love with this game! In case you don’t know about these, Super Duper has a whole line of Chipper Chat products that focus on a variety of different skills. So if you like this style, you should definitely look into getting more of them. They are simple enough that your clients will get in plenty of reps, but they are super engaging and fun so the children don’t realize they’re getting so much practice in.
Each Chipper Chat game comes with boards, prompt cards, metal-rimmed circular chips, and a magnetic wand (and some dice). You simply pull out a board for whatever skill the child needs to work on (my set here includes speech sounds) and the corresponding card deck. Then, you have several different options of how to play. I find that the children get pretty distracted by the magnetic wand so I save that for the end. I tell them that they have to fill their whole board up with chips before they can use the magic wand to clear them off again. For each card they complete from the deck, you give them one chip to place on a circle (on their board).
Since I reviewed the articulation one, I’ll explain how you could use this for articulation:
- Listening: Say the word out loud (while emphasizing the target sound) and have the child locate that item on their board. Once they find it, point out where their target sound is in the word and then let them put on their chip.
- Single Word Repetition: Have the child repeat the target word after you.
- Single Word Production: Speak the sentence on the back of the card and let the child fill in the blank.
- Phrases: Have the child use a carrier phrase to describe all of the items on the board that contain his target sound. For example, he could say “I see lizard. I see elephant”.
- Sentences: Ask the child to make up a sentence for each item they see on their board. For example, the child could say “The lamb is holding a bottle for her baby”.
- Structured Conversation: Ask the child to make up a story about several of the items on the board. For example, the child could say “Once upon a time, their was a lamb who was walking to school. The lamb found a baby bottle on the road so he picked it up and took it with him.
- Unstructured Conversation: Have a normal conversation with the child while playing this game (some words with the target sound are bound to come up).
Jackhammer (5 yrs):
- “I think Artic Chipper Chat is very awesome.”
- “It’s Google-plex Thumbs Up” (That’s a lot, by the way. He found out that Google Plex is a very large number and he’s kind of obsessed with it right now)
- “I like that you get to get tokens and you get to use that magnet”
- “I like about getting the ones that have those boys on it that’s crying”
- “Google plex thumbs down and thumbs up”
- “I like getting to scoop up coins with the magic wand magnet”
Pirate Talk is a game that is specifically designed to target expressive and receptive language skills for ages 5 years and up. But I also just love that it makes a great reinforcer game for other skills, as well! The point of the game is for the children to sail their boats around the board and collect pirate coins (which my kids love). It also has an electronic spinner which is a huge hit. (And, as a side note, has a switch where you can turn off the sound, thank goodness!) As they go, you have the opportunity to ask them a question or give them a prompt so they can practice whatever skill they’re working on. The game comes with five sets of these language prompt cards. Each card has a picture scene on one side and then has prompts on the other side for the following skills:
- Repeating Sentences
- Answering Questions
- Following Directions
- Description Prompt (Come up with a spontaneous sentence/paragraph)
- Social Communication
You could most certainly work on other skills with this same game by either using different cards during that child’s turn (like artic card) or asking them the same prompts but listening for the child’s use of their sound or target skill during their responses.
Jackhammer, 5 yrs:
- “A hundred thumbs up!”
- “I like that I get coins and I like getting those! I also liked when I got a three on the spinner.”
Optimus Prime, 3 yrs:
- “This is a good game.”
- “I liked bouncing onto the boats!
- What was your favorite part? “Stepping on the spinner and bouncing off the ceiling into the boats.” (We didn’t actually do that…turns out 3-yr-olds aren’t great at game reviews)
Everybody loves a good game of Bingo! But I don’t know many people who love working on wh- questions! The problem with working on answering wh- questions is that you have to do it over and over again with each type of wh- question word before it will start to sink in. And that gets old quickly. I love this game because it gives you a full deck of wh- questions to ask (for when your brain runs dry) and also gives you a fun game to do it with.
I’m not going to explain how to play Bingo because I feel like that’s a pretty wide-spread one. But I will point out what I like about this game. I like that it is broken down by question type but also has an option to mix them together. When we’re teaching a child to answer wh- questions, it’s helpful to target one at a time. But eventually, you need them to be able to answer mixed wh- questions as they come along. This game has boards for the specific questions (and separate card decks for each) but it also has a “mixed wh- questions” board, too.
Another great use of this is for teaching a child to ASK questions with proper word order and form. That is a much harder skill to practice naturally so you can use this game and have your client be the “caller” and ask the questions. One of the suggested ways to do this is to lay the boards down on the floor and have the child toss a chip. Whichever square he lands on is the one he must ask a question for.
Finally, if you want to jazz this one up a bit, pull out your metal-lined chips and the magic wand from the Chipper Chat game and let your client go to town with that!
This is another favorite of my kids, probably because they’re obsessed with candy! This game is a sweet way to work on semantics/word meanings. (See what I did there??) In this game, children will take turns answering a prompt on a candy card and then will take the number of candies equal to their roll on the dice. The cool thing about this game is that it has six different card decks so each child could be working on a different semantic skill. Or, you could have some children working on semantics while another child is working from a card set from a different activity or deck.
Here are the semantic skills that are targeted in the card decks:
- What Belongs in This Group?
- What Do These Have in Common? (Naming Categories)
- Give an Action Word (Naming Verbs)
- What is This Used For? (Object Use/Function)
- Give a Describing Word (Adjectives)
- How are They Different?
- How are They Alike?
- Which One Doesn’t Belong and Why?
My boys had a great time with this game and really enjoyed the candies. They each worked from a different deck so I could customize it to specific language skills that were at their level. The only problem we ran across was that my 5-year-old lost and he REALLY hates losing. But, it gave us an opportunity to talk about “how big is your problem” vs. “how big is your reaction”. And as it turns out, losing this game was a level 2 problem and knocking your chair over isn’t a level 2 response. So we even got to have a teachable moment from the losing of the game. I’ve heard a LOT of other SLPs talk about how this is a favorite game in their therapy room. Here are my boys’ reviews (keep in mind my 5-yr-old just lost and the 3-year-old missed his nap this day and was becoming delirious. Yay parenting!):
Jackhammer, 5 yrs:
- “It was OK.”
- “I liked that I got to get candy.”
- “I didn’t like that I didn’t win any games ever.”
- Overall Rating: “One thumb up and one thumb down”
Optimus Prime, 3 yrs:
- ” I liked to juggle the candies” (We didn’t juggle them)
- “I didn’t like to throw balls because they hurt womens and childs and boys.” (Good thing we didn’t do that…?)
- Overall Rating: “100 Hundred up and Shine and Wuuup!”
This one may seem a little dull, but these are probably the therapy material from Super Duper that I use the most. That’s because I’m a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of therapist. I tend to let the children take the lead and I meet them where they are. But I also like to get A LOT of reps in. So for me, when I’m prepping a session, I’m most likely to simply grab the deck of cards that best corresponds to what I want the child to work on that day and run with it. Maybe we’ll play a game and get 5 cards in between each turn. Maybe we’ll turn these upside down on the floor and play memory. Maybe I’ll just see how many we can get through while I turn over a two-minute timer. Who knows? Not me, usually! I let the child decide.
And that’s why I love these cards. The tins make it super easy to store them and get them out again quickly. I also love that each word has a pair so you can do all sorts of pairing games like memory or go fish. I also love these little tokens that come in the big box sets like this, even though they are so simple. There’s just so much to do with these.
The cards are made of a high quality material and the images are big enough that younger children can see them easily. Overall, I love these cards and use them A LOT.
This is the first time I’ve seen the Hear Builder program and I haven’t used it with any clients yet but I love the potential of this as a homework and carry-over tool for clients! The way this program works is that you set up a profile for each of your clients and indicate which skill and level you’d like them to be able to work on. Here are the four areas covered by this program:
- Following Directions
- Phonological Awareness
- Auditory Memory
Then, the child can log on using any computer (with internet) or using an app on their tablet. You’ll be able to see how they did while they were practicing. This allows you to send this program home as homework or allow your clients to work on it at school during free time or other downtime.
I wouldn’t say that this would be something that would replace your therapy sessions (and I don’t think it’s intended to) but you could definitely use it to carry-over some of the skills you’ve introduced in therapy. While the program does briefly explain the skill before moving into the practice trials, it’s not going to stop and re-teach if the child is off track. So you would want to make sure that you go over the skill in therapy first before you assign it as homework.
I love that parents can use this to help their child carry-over speech/language skills with limited work on their part. Most parents I know are so busy and stressed that adding one more thing (like speech homework) can be too much. But if they just have to turn on a game and help their child when he gets stuck, that’s a win-win! And I also love that you can see what they did at home and how they’re doing in different settings.
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Having super fun materials at your fingertips that your clients love will reduce your stress some. There are still plenty of other stressors that we have to deal with, but I think finding engaging materials that target what you want to work on is a good chunk of the battle. And the fact that you don’t really have to prep most of these is gold! However, you do still have to find a way to pay for all of these!
I love how quick and easy your planning and prep can become when you have a variety of Super Duper materials to pull from. You can simply pull out a game that targets whatever skill you’re working on, or you can pull out a deck of cards and let the children select any game or material. Having a full selection of therapy materials like this could help with your planning and prep work quite a bit!
While you will need to spend some time on the shopping and initial set up of your Super Duper materials, once you have them, they’ll save you a lot of time on prep-work and planning. These games and materials are ready to go when you are so if you have enough, it’s just a matter of thinking about which game, activity, or card deck you’re going to grab.
Paperwork help isn’t where Super Duper really excels, but they do have a few tools that will help you out. They have a Data Tracker app that I know nothing about aside from the fact that it’s there. So that may help with paperwork if it is a good app. And they have a few screening tools that may help you with tracking progress. So yes, there are a few items here that may help but that is not their main focus.
I always feel a bit more confident in my sessions when I have engaging materials that I know will focus on the skill I need to target. But Super Duper materials are more about giving you engaging materials then creating trainings or coursework that will boost your knowledge. Most of their products come with idea books for how to use the material to target different skills, but you still need to know how to treat that skill in therapy.
The way that I see your quality of therapy improving is by having more engaging materials that will help you target skills more easily (and in a way that kids are excited about). You will get better buy-in when you have fun activities for the children to work on. It is also helpful to work on skills in multiple different ways, and Super Duper has a lot of different materials that focus on the same skill in different ways.
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Disclosure: Carrie Clark and The SLP Solution received free products from Super Duper for use in this review. No other financial relationship exists.