Welcome to Speech Therapy at Home: R Home Articulation Practices. This is your home page for all things R. Please bookmark or add to your favorites so you can refer back to it as your child progress through each level.
R...the dreaded R! Many children have difficulty saying R and it happens to be very tricky to teach as well. Even speech therapists struggle with this sound. However, don't let this discourage you! I will walk you through how to say and teach R.
R is a relatively later developing sound, usually acquired by 8 years of age. Some children master this sound earlier; but it is normal to make errors up until 8 years of age.
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In order to teach R to your child effectively, you must know how to say R yourself. It is important to understand the mechanics behind making the sound. Once you have the language to describe how to say R, you will be better able to teach your child.
I will teach you tactile, verbal, and visual cues as well.
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There are many ways to teach R to a child. First, I will explain tips on how to teach correct tongue and lip positioning. Next, I will explain the elicitation techniques for which I have had the most success during my years of practice. Your child will most likely respond better to some techniques. Feel free to use the ones that help your child the most.
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Congratulations! Your child can say R. Now, you are ready to work on saying R correctly in words.
At this level, it is important to practice saying the sound in the beginning (initial), middle (medial), and end (final) position. Your child's mouth has to coordinate and move muscles differently depending on where the sound falls within a word.
This stage may last longer than the previous and that is to be expected. However, don’t get stuck here if your child misses a word here or there. 100% accuracy is rare and not necessary!
Once your child is able to say R correctly in words (drill practice) and during flashcards games, you are ready to move on to the functional games listed here. This is the most exciting phase since this is where generalization really starts to happen. Here, your child will learn how to say R correctly in connected speech.
In order to encourage carryover of progress, you will be throwing away all speech cards and practicing saying R in sentences while playing natural games!
Visit R Sentence Level Games to get started
Below you will find a copy of all the materials given throughout the R section. Refer back to this section for quick printing!