How to Elicit (Teach) the /r/ Sound {Part Two: Materials and Products for /r/}

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.)

Materials for treating the R

Visual Aides

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!).


    The Tongue-LifteR 2

  • 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.

Kids Books



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.

TpT Products

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.

FREE Products

Paid Products (All under $5.00)

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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  1. Carrie Manchester says

    Thanks for compiling such a thorough list! (And thanks for including my activity as well!)