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!
4/11/2021 08:50:40 pm
Thank you for this blog post. "Like a bit in a horse". Now, you're speaking my language!
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10/27/2022 10:41:54 am
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