Hello Twin Speech, Language & Literacy Blog readers. Today’s guest post is geared towards speech language pathologists who may be interested in learning more about treating /R/ sound related disorders. The author of the Say It Right books, Christine Ristuccia, M.S. CCC-SLP, is sharing some of her wisdom. She has spent 16 years speaking about /r/ disorders and has asked hundreds of therapists what issues are the most frustrating while working with students with /r/ issues. Shanda and I have found her suggestions invaluable when helping to treat our speech therapy students struggling with the tricky /R/ sound in all of their prevocalic (before a vowel), postvocalic (after a vowel) and R blend (broom, drive, free) contexts. It’s tricky for our students to place the base of their tongues between their upper molars, while also requiring their tongues to ridge up to produce these sounds with the addition of correct airflow! Please believe us, that any tricks of the trade are worth learning to help our speech students and that is why we are in full support of SLPs learning from Christine’s books and courses.
Here’s more about Christine:
Christine Ristuccia, M.S. CCC-SLP, received her Master of Science degree in communicative disorders at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA and a Bachelor of Science degree in health sciences from San Diego State University. Christine is an experienced school-based speech-language pathologist who has worked with a wide range of communicative disorders ranging from preschool to adulthood. Christine founded Say It Right in 1999. Say It Right is an ASHA approved provider and offers several online courses for ASHA CEU credit. Her phonemic approach to /r/ remediation, The Entire World of R, sets the standard for efficient, successful correction of /r/ articulation errors. Christine is the author of several books and has spoken throughout the United States on articulation disorders.
How long will it take to remediate an R for a student who started with no accurate R in any context?
How long does the remediation process take?
That depends upon the student and using and tracking correctly produced /r/ words for warm-up and homework practice to reinforce good /r/ production habits. To learn more about the Entire World of R , take the /r/ Makeover Course to become as master /r/ remediation speech-language pathologist.