The Phonic All Star speech and literacy Program is an innovative teaching program developed by Katrine Elliott, Speech Pathologist, in her 20 years of private practice on the Gold Coast.
These memorable Australian Phonetic Alphabet Critters are making learning something special for kids with speech and literacy challenges.
Zippy Bumble Bee (z), Sidney Snake (s), Portia Candle (p), Bobby Ball (b) and fellow Phonic All Stars started as a novel set of puppets to make speech therapy exciting as the centre of any Speech Pathologists kit given that they represent the speech sound grid for the individual 46 phonemes (speech sounds).
The Program interfaces the arts, with entertainment from puppets, music and bright resources with the clinical sciences, being based on solid principles of development and therapy in articulation, phonology, phonological awareness, auditory processing and literacy. Over the 12 dedicated years of its development, it was to Katrine’s surprise, that The Phonic All Star Program sculpted itself into a comprehensive teaching program for speech and literacy that has attracted the interest of speech pathologists, schools, teachers, and even investors over the years throughout its development due to the notable impact that was seen on literacy education and communication skills in the children it supported.
This and the speed of correction in the children’s programs (effectively reducing costs of therapy) weren’t in the early design…but are benefits from the maturation of time for the program to evolve from years of tinkering-adding-evaluating…then implementing.