Is your child struggling with being able to say the /R/ sound? Is the sound absent from words like “run”, and “rake”, or sound distorted and more like the /W/ sound “wun” and “wake”? If so, your child is not alone! In speech therapy we work on this sound often with our elementary and older clients. We start with talking about the steps needed to make an /R/ sound. To achieve an /R/ sound, our students are asked to:
* First, make a slight smile with their lips.
* Secondly, to place the sides of their tongue between their back molars on both sides of their mouth.
* Thirdly, gently bite down on their tongue in back of their mouth to hold it in place.
* Lastly, they are asked to round their lips if they are trying to produce an /OR/ sound.
Achieving the back tongue placement is super hard for many of our clients. That is why we use more familiar sounds and words to elicit the correct placement between the back molars in our speech therapy sessions. For example, we try to growl like bears, sound like roosters and produce words that end in “ng” e.g., “sing.”
Please feel free to download these FREE /R/ Elicitation Technique worksheets at any time. We hope that they will help to naturally bring each child’s tongue back in their mouth and between their back molars so that they can feel how and where the /R/ sound is made. Recognizing where to place your tongue is a huge step in learning how to routinely produce the /R/ and post vocalic /R/ sounds like; /ER/, /AR/, /OR/, /AIR/, /EAR/ and /IRE/. Words that include the /R/ following a vowel are: “fur”, “stir”, “star”, “far”, “shore”, “store”, “parents”, “fair”, “beard”, “year”, “choir” and “fire.”
Wondering what age your child should have mastered some of these /R/ words? Here’s a chart and click HERE to read more about the /R/ as posted by Christine Ristuccia, author of the Entire world of R at the Say It right website: www.sayitright.org
|AGE OF TYPICAL ACQUISITION||CONSONANT SOUNDS||EXAMPLE|
|Age 5||prevocalic or consonantal /r/||red|
|6-7 years||vocalic /r/||Ernie
Want to print out these four handy worksheets? If so, just right click on each picture and click on the top choice that reads: “Open image in new tab.” Lastly, go to image, right click and you will see a print option on the list. Please print out each picture one at a time.
Thank you to our clip art artists for providing the pictures in these worksheets. Best wishes to you all! Sincerely, Manda & Shanda, SLPs
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC