Practical Strategies for /r/ Articulation Disorders for Prevocalic /r/

Since prevocalic /r/ misproductions are often characterized by gliding or w/r substitution that is an issue that should cease at around age five. Many times it remains an issue beyond the preschool years.  I have seen many SLP’s administer intervention for prevocalic /r/ by instructing students produce an er in front of the prevocalic /r/ sound as in the words red, becomes errrr red.  Unfortunately, this becomes habitual for students and...

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Practical Strategies for students with /r/ Misproductions/Speech Sound Disorders

I am often asked the question of what to do when you have a student who had a phonological disorder and the only sound left is /r/.  Do you dismiss or continue intervention to work on /r/? As I posted earlier if a student substitutes w/r as in wed for red that is considered to be gliding which is age appropriate until age five.  After that, it is considered to be a disorder or needs to be addressed in intervention.  Most students can work on...

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The Importance of Conversational Speech Sample for Speech Therapy Evaluations and Intervention Sessions

  Importance of a conversational speech sample A fluency student of mine had a trienniel evaluation coming up.  I administered the Stuttering Severity Index  and did not notice any dysfluencies.  I was still seeing him for intervention and decided to walk around the track with another fluency student so we could engage in a naturalistic conversation.  I heard part and whole word repetitions during his conversational speech sample.  I...

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Common Developmental Errors for Vocalic /r/, Prevocalic /r/ and Initial /r/ blends

Common Errors for /r/ Use the Entire World of R Book of Elicitation Techniques and the Entire World of R Advanced Screening to determine /r/ misproductions Sound Common errors Expected age of mastery prevocalic /r/ substitution of w/r as in wed for red age 5 prevocalic /r/ substitution of v for /r/ Never acceptable  at any age. vocalic /r/ vowelization ca for car age 5 initial /r/ blends cluster reduction –...

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