The Phonic All Star Program

Speech Therapy made fun!

Speech Therapy with the Phonic All Stars

Portia Candle from the Phonic All Stars making Speech Therapy and Literacy Therapy exciting for kids

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 or Teachers kit given that they represent the speech sound grid for the individual 46 phonemes (speech sounds).

The puppets themselves have been handmade by Katrine Elliot, Speech Pathologist, to demonstrate each speech sound using the tongue, lips, jaw, voice and even breath. For example, Zippy Bumble is able to place his tongue behind his teeth and he vibrates a buzzer in his throat to represent the voice box to teach the sound “zzzzz”  for the letter “Z” which is made in this manner. Vonnie Vacuum Cleaner places her top teeth on her bottom lip to demonstrate the “vvvvvv” sound for the letter “V”. All the consonant characters (m, n, ng, p, b, t, d, c-k, g, f, v, s, z, sh/zh, th, h, ch, j, w, r, l, y, x, and qu) have a fully studio produced soundtrack that also features how each speech sound is made including being laced with feature words beginning with that target sound eg. S- secret salesman, sit, sell you anything. The Program comes with a family teaching program with the Teach-me-speech-sounds Book which is now available as an eBook.

Tell me about the Phonic All Star Speech and Literacy Program?

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.
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 13 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.

How does the Phonic All Star Program work?

The Phonic All Star Program has been developed by a speech pathologist specifically for speech therapy as it is the central program that supports the “How to fix series…” which are a series of speech therapy and literacy intervention programs that support the “in the clinic’ and “online” speech therapy method of intervention. The program provides a step by step series of activities that assist in the correction of specific conditions that a speech pathologist would be helping you with in your clinical sessions.

Phase 1 of the Phonic All Star Program involves developing the scaffolded structure of acquisition of specific skills for correct speech production and later, literacy development. Specific equipment has been developed for each skill including but not exclusive to the brief list below. Resources are available to purchase separately, however are best used with your child or student under the instructional Phonic All Star program given the thought and design behind the program for a specific purpose of speech and literacy therapy. The Program can be tailored to also be used by teachers and kindergarten teaches in their educational setting. Equipment has been developed specifically for this purpose.

Phase 2 of the Phonic All Star Program involves providing an internet platform for our Australian Phonetic Alphabet Critters which will be launched in conjunction with the Speech Pathology On Line consultancy program ( and e-CLASS comprehensive teaching programs ( and the “how to fix series…”.

These How to Fix…programs will be made available soon and aim to reach kids that need the support the most no matter where they are located. The internet based training site will facilitate families, teachers and speech pathologists to access training, resources and support by the integration of a resource library, video footage of therapy in action and consultative support where needed.

What is the point of difference between the Phonic All Star Program and other literacy and phonics programs?

Speech therapy-Phonic All Stars

Toby Tap teaching kids the “t-t-t” sound in speech therapy. Put your tongue behind your teeth.

What inspired the development of the Phonic All Star Program?

The original design of the Phonic All Star Program was to serve a purpose to bridge a desperate financial and human resources gap from restrictions in Speech Pathology services that are understood nationwide. These are:

  • funding restrictions from the government
  • long waiting lists to access government support for speech therapy at the Community Health and Education Department levels
  • limited Speech Pathology clinician availability whether in private practice or the public sector
  • challenges with accessibility to speech therapy due to distance for people living rural and remotely

Even after 20 years of clinical practice for Katrine Elliott, the developer of the program, the frustrations lie in that children still continue to suffer from these limitations to accessing the help they need despite therapy being well understood to make significant changes to children’s capabilities and lives if not completely correcting the condition being treated.

There is a cure for many speech and literacy impairments… Speech therapy.

We just need to have access to the children to help. These barriers needed to be addressed.

In the days that TV ruled, The Phonic All Star puppets were hand created by Katrine to be the faces on TV for kids to fall in love with while they learned vital information assisting speech and literacy development. The internet platform came to town over the years of development offering a more flexible stage for the program to be contained and provided the possibility of reaching a greater audience within flexible time frames at low production costs. Watch our “clubhouse” of information as we roll this out over time to bring this directly to the families by the online teaching series in collaboration with Online consultation and support from a Speech Pathologist.

Take the time to have a look at the Zip It Up for kids sponsorship fundraising program which is Optimal Communications solution to an ongoing zipped up purse from the government to support children with speech and literacy impairment. Either take the “Zip IT Up challenge” of silence for the day to feel what it is like to have a communication impairment and the impact it has on a person’s life, or take the “Have A Chat” experience if your job and life can’t create that inconvenience in your day. However, don’t forget to appreciate that you are doing a job that you wouldn’t have a choice to do if you were speech and literacy impaired…thus making the point that speech, communication and literacy capabilities are not a luxury item in our lives.

How does the Phonic All Star characters teach children social, emotional and psychological skills interfaced within the speech and literacy program?

Developing children’s Psychological, Behavioural,Social and Emotional Skills




So what Phonic All Star resources can I get to help my child with their speech or literacy?

Click on the clinks below to take you to a page about the resources that are currently available to the public.

The Teach Me Speech Sound eBook and ManualTeaches all 26 consonant speech sounds. This instructional manual features a Phonic All Star character, their hand signal for therapy, and teaches how this speech sound is made in the mouth
The Phonic All Star Music Cd’sWe have now completed a soundtrack for each Phonic All Star character and their feature sound. The first CD called “Cruisin’ with the Consonants” features the speech sounds…m, p, b, t, s, z, v, w, r, y, j and hThe second CD just released called “The Carnivale of Sound” features the speech sounds …n, ng, d, f, sh/zh, th, ch, r, l, x and q.

The Phonic All Stars Flashcards

(level 1)

These 46 brightly coloured cartoon  flashcards are absolutely central to the Phonic All Star speech and literacy as they represent the 46 speech sounds making up the Australian phonetic alphabet. There are 24 consonants and 22 vowels. These cards are used in multiple speech therapy activities to “build the speech sound grid” which is a vital step to correction of the speech and literacy impairment.These are the cards we flip and practice for accuracy and race for speed!The cards are sold with instructional information about the method and purpose of therapy.
The Phonic All Star Spelling Choice Flashcards (Level 2)These level 2 Phonic All Star flashcards have a different designa nd purpose in the program. They welcome children to learn about spelling conventions and spelling choices that each speech sound demonstrates (eg. vowel “er” can be spelled er/”her“, ur/”burn”, or/”world”, ir/”girl”, ear/”pearl “)…These cards are a tool to link this level of spelling skill for spelling that starts to get confusing for kids. They are the central tool among a kit of resources that support children in learning their literacy skills. They are best used in conjunction with the “speech sounds folder Guide or wall poster” that connects the speech sounds to the cards on a guide that the children can use in their classroom and when doing their home work.
The Phonic All Star Folder guides and wall chartsThe Phonic All Star folder guides and Wall Charts are used to support student with their literacy whilst actively at work in the classroom or at home. They summarise the Phonic All Star characters and the letter and speech sounds that they teach.There are two types:`The alphabet letter Guides: Teaches students information about the 26 alphabet letters, their symbols (graphemes), 21 consonants, 5 vowels, upper and lower case letter relationship, long-short vowel relationships, the alphabet sequence and digraphs (th, sh, ch, ng) whilst supports them by hinting the associated speech sound using the Phonic All Star character. The reverse side lets them fly solo without the cues.The Speech Sound Guide: Teaches the 46 speech sounds which include 24 consonant phonemes, 22 vowel phonemes and 2 mixture sounds (x-q). These are divided into groups based on how the speech sounds are created (manner of speech production). The individual character images connect to a number which identifies it to the level Flashcards housing the spelling choice/variation information for literacy lessons. This is a MUST HAVE resource for children with dyslexia and dysgraphia to support them in the act of their writing and reading on their desk.Folderguides: These are A4 sized designed to go in the students folder between clasesWall charts: These are A3 sized designed to go on the wall or for student to work on the desk with.
The Phonic All Star Chunks ProgramThis program is designed to be part of the “How to fix…speech, How to fix…reading, How to fix …spelling, How to fix …writing” series. These are a set of resources designed as activities to enable strategic and structured corrections in the brain. The content is 20 A4 card program with a response form which student practice to build aspects of their speech and literacy systems in their mind to enable correction to occur.
The Phonic All Stars StickersA4 stickers available for you to make praise and rewarding home practice exciting and special for your child or student. These feature bright photographic images of the Phonic All Stars puppets with reward captions to make the effort in learning fun!
The Phonic All Star Level 2 Spelling variation Table-matsThe Phonic All Stars level 2 spelling Tablemats are A3 double sided full colour-laminated spelling and reading activities developed to support children who are at the level 2 stage of the Phonic All Stare Literacy Program. One side features a Phonic All Star character and their story for the student to read. It features the target sound (eg. the vowel “er) to be taught and all the spelling choices/variations for that sound. (eg. vowel “er” can be spelled er/”her“, ur/”burn”, or/”world”, ir/”girl”, ear/”pearl “)…The reverse side is a spelling activities whereby the student decides the spelling choice for a word list that is mixed up specific to that sound(eg. “er”). They are designed for repeat usage to consolidate the spelling words. ‘

Supplementary teaching aids such as sound teaching posters, speech sound production manual, jumping sound floor frieze, and music CD soundtracks make the learning fun and inclusive at a group level.

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