Yesterday I shared with you a TON of tips on how to elicit the /r/ sound. Today, I am sharing with you materials and products you can use to treat the /r/ sound in therapy! From manipulative devices to books to programs to TpT products, there are a lot of fun ways to target this sound! (This post contains Amazon Affiliate links.)
As I mentioned yesterday, many of the books/programs that I share below have visual aides to help you show children how to produce the /r/. I LOVE the Jumbo Mighty Mouth Hand Puppet from SuperDuperInc and use it ALL THE TIME.
Proprioceptive Elicitation Tools
Yesterday I went over all these items. Here are the links for these items again for your convenience.
- Speech Buddies: Commercially available manipulation devices
- Tongue LifteR: Commercially available manipulation devices, similar to Speech Buddies (well, similar in nature..I have never used either so I have NO idea how they really compare to each other!).
- Dental Floss Method: Pam Marshalla shares information on how to use a dental floss pick to help manipulate and position the tongue. Click the link for more information or pick up her book Successful R Therapy
- Pam Marshalla’s Cake Decorator Tips: Pam Marshalla shares her tips on using these to elicit speech sounds…you can read her tips on her Facebook Page
- Dum Dum Pops or Tootsie Pop Mini can be used to touch/rub areas of the mouth to teach placement and awareness.
- Flavored Tongue Depressors can also be used in the same way as DumDums (but I find kids prefer the candy! Way more motivating!)
Books and Programs
There are many books and programs out there on the subject of the /r/. I personally own several different items and use aspects of ALL of them in my sessions when working on the /r/. Here are some that I recommend or your fellow SLPs have recommended.
- Successful R Therapy: Fixing the Hardest Sound in the World by Pam Marshalla. As I have mentioned before..this is the most comprehensive book on how to elicit the /r/ sound that I have ever read. There is a TON of information in this book! This is not a “program” like some of the others I am going share, but rather a book full of information to help you understand why a child is having difficulty producing the sound and how to teach the sound. According to the description on Amazon: “Excellent for student and professional SLPs. Facilitate correct R in the most difficult clients with this unique blend of oral-motor and traditional articulation therapy. Understand how the jaw, lips, and tongue work for correct R production. Understand the difference between the Consonantal and the Vocal R, and between a Tip R and a Back R. Motivate clients to participate and succeed in R therapy.” GREAT read, and I highly recommend it.
- The Entire World of /r/ Series by Christine Ristuccia and others from Say it Right. I have some of the books in this program and love them! This program breaks down the /r/ into the different types which I find is the best way to tackle this sound.
- Step up to /r/ by Leslie Sparkuhl from LinguiSystems. I just heard about this program, but have not used it yet. According to the description: “The programmed approach combines the best features from the Modified Cycles Approach (Hodson & Paden, 1990), the Sensory Motor Approach (McDonald, 1964), and Motor Learning Theory (Skelton, 2004) to help students master all the variants of /r/ and vocalic /r/ production. Use it for pull out sessions and to meet the needs of groups with varying levels of competency.”
- Vocalic R to Go by Beverly Plass from LinguiSystems: I have this workbook and use it all the time when working on vocalic /r/. This is another that separates the /r/ into the different vocalic /r/ types.
- Turn and Talk R by SuperDuperInc: This is a flip book that can be used to work on /r/.
- Let’s Hear it for /r/! This is a Webinar provided by Dawn M. Moore, CCC-SLP. You can check out the handout and info on the course by following the link and scrolling down to the “Articulation Information.” This method uses coarticulation to address the /r/ and I have used Dawn’s method’s in my sessions as well.
- The Pirate Who Couldn’t Say Arrr! This is such an adorable book written by Angie Neal, MS CCC-SLP. Miss Speechy at Speech Time Fun shares how she uses this fantastic book in therapy. Check out her post HERE.
- Webber Vocalic /r/ Photo Cards: These are great for working on the different vocalic /r/ sounds.
if you’ve been following along a while, you KNOW that I don’t do apps! So I asked some of my fellow SLPs to weigh in on these and here are some that were recommended:
- R Intensive by Smarty Ears This one was recommended several times and it looks like it retails for $19.99 and is available on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad.
- R app by Pocket SLP This one retails for $4.99 and is available on the iPhone, iTouch and the iPad.
- Articulate It by Smarty Ears This is a general Articulation App that retails for $38.99 and is available on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad.
- Articulation Station Pro This is another WELL recommended general articulation app that retails for $49.99 and is available on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad.
I have just started getting into TpT more, and there are SO MANY awesome products our fellow SLPs create and sell there! Here are a few to choose from…some I have used (with a different sound set) or were recommended to me.
Paid Products (All under $5.00)
- “Art of R” Card Game by Natalie Snyders
- R Bingo by Jenn from Crazy Speech World (SLP Gone Wild) Who doesn’t love Bingo?? I like to use mini M&Ms as markers…super motivating!
- Whack a Sound by Jenna of Speech Room News I have used this game with a different sound set and my clients have LOVED IT.
- Mirror-TIC R by Teach Speech 365 of Teach Speech 365
- Rattlesnake Roundup R by Mrs.Tslp
- Match it Quick- Vocalic R by Courtney of PSST…Let’s Talk
- Artic Dice 6: Vocalic R by The Buckeye Speech Path. I have not used this specific set of artic dice but I have used other sets by this creator and I love using them both in the speech room (you can laminate them) or as homework.
So tell me now…what are YOUR favorite resources and products for the /r/ sound? Let me know so I can include them in the post!
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