Oh, the /r/ sound. If you work with speakers of non-Bostonian American English, you know that this sound can be tricky! Besides the two major production types- Retroflex and Bunched- you also have prevocalic and vocalic /r/ types! Also, as Dr Wayne Secord notes in his formative textbook Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians: "The articulation of /r/ is highly variable..." Understatement of the century, right there.
I've worked with many students and clients on that pesky/r/ sound, with parents who report that others think their child is speaking in a Boston or Southern accent, or is British. Over the years, I've compiled a list of my favorite go-to resources and elicitation techniques for /r/, since many clients work on it for quite a bit of time.
I've divided my resources into those for younger and older clients, since their goals and interests can be so different. I've also included a list of my favorite elicitation techniques at the end. Enjoy!
For non-readers/younger clients:
For readers/older clients:
For /r/ elicitation:
Those are my favorite resources and techniques. Let me know what you think! Hopefully these will help your clients say "world", "girl", and "squirrel" in no time!
Hi y'all! I'm Jill! I'm an SLP who loves to create and blog about fun, evidence-based resources that make the lives of busy SLPs easier.