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Techniques for Eliciting the R Sound in Speech Therapy : How to Make Teaching R Tongue Placement Easy for your Students

I have so so many R kids on my caseload right now. In that past, that statement would be followed with a mournful sigh, or possibly with me throwing my head back and shaking my fists in the air cursing, “why me!?” Let me tell you… I used to struggle with how to teach the R sound. Not anymore. . Years ago, for my own sanity, I began to develop a systematic approach to teaching the R. Does it work for every student? Of course not! Every child is different. Does it work for most of them? You betcha. . (Before you read any further, let me say two things: There is a freebie for you at the end of this post. It’s a helpful visual for explaining bunched vs retroflex Rs. In this post, I am specifically discussing retroflex R. The reason being I find about 80% of my students prefer retroflex and find it easier to produce. That being said, even if you’re working on bunched- keep reading this post! A lot of same ideas apply. .. If you are unsure of the types of R (bunched vs. retroflex), you can check out THIS helpful video. Or, again, keep scrolling

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