Which Entire World of R products do you recommend?

The Entire World of R™ is the pioneer in vocalic /r/ remediation. The Entire World of R™ is a complete prouduct line designed to treat /r/ articulation disorders. There are over 30 products in the complete product line.

One of the most frequenty asked questions are which products to get. The answer depends on what your specifc circumstances. For example: Are you just treating one or two students?; Are you a parent working with your child over summer vacation?; Are you new to working with children?; Do you have a large caseload of /r/ articulation disorder students?

Many people have similar questions, post your question and we’ll try and steer you in the right direction.


  1. I need some help in selecting a program to purchase for my grandson. He is five years old and in kindergarten. He’s reading very well at an advanced third grade level. He has speech problems articulating his “r’s” and “l’s”. His parents would like to work with him over the summer to see if they can help him overcome this problem. He knows how to use the computer. I really can’t spend over $80. Would you suggest something please that might help him. Thank you.

  2. Maureen,

    First a caveat, the “r” sound is one of the later developing sounds, so many speech-language pathologists (SLP) will not even attempt remediation until first or even second grade, so your grandson is by no means behind his peers. That’s not to say you cannot work on the sound, just he might not be mature enough

    The Entire World of R Instructional Workbook has a good overview of how to treat /r/ and also 21 sections of worksheets that your grandson could work on. So if you just wanted a single source this would be a good buy.

    If you are interested in something a little more interactive and more background information, consider The Entire World of R Premium Pack. It includes our latest book The Entire World of R Book of Elicitation Techniques, provides an indepth look at /r/ and how to treat it, as well as The Entire World of R Say & Sequence Playing Cards which you can make phrases and sentences in addition to just drilling single words. The cards are paired you so can also play games such as Go Fish and Memory. The cards provide a lot of flexibility for practice.

    I hope that helps.


  3. I am writing seeking advice about product selection. I am working with a 12 yr boy who has been receiving speech treatment since he was 3 years old. He’s new to my caseload and his primary speech issue at this point is /r/. I am able to elicit a correct production of /r/ in some contexts, but not in all. I am looking at the Instructional workbook and the Book of Elicitation Techniques and I’m trying to decide if one of these products would be of help in his treatment. I am a mom of 2 taking on private clients as I can and I unfortunately don’t have an unlimited budget so I want to make sure that I am making the best choice in products. Would you recommend one of these books for use with my middle school client or is there another product you would recommend? He’s beyond the picture cards, etc. and not super thrilled to be doing therapy. I want the materials I use to be fun and age appropriate.

  4. Rebecca,

    The EWR Book of Elicitation Techniques is designed for you the SLP, to provide a methology and strategies to evaluate and remediate /r/. It incorporates all the knowledge gained since with launched The Entire World of R in 2000. The Instuctional Workbook has a how to section as well, but it’s real value is on the 21 sections of worksheets that has exercises for single words, phrases and sentences for each of the 21 different types of vocalic /r/. The Book of Elicitation Techniques has worksheets but they are designed to help elicit the sound and not really to correct it.
    If you are not familiar with the EWR program and will be treating other children, I’d recommend to get the Book of Elicitation Techniques, because the concepts will be a real timesaver. You can get it individually or bundled with the Advanced Screening or with the Say & Sequence Playing Cards (with which you can make up sentences and play games) http://www.sayitright.org/vocalic_r_combination.html http://www.sayitright.org/EWR-071.html. Both combinations will save you money.

    I’d suspect that if you follow our protocols, and the boy makes progress and his motivation will increase noticably. We are working on some middle-school specific products, but they will not be ready until the fall. In the mean time, you can get the EWR Probe Lists and make your own materials (word lists, sentences, etc.)

    Hope that is useful.


  5. Dear Say It Right,

    I have just ordered your materials, and I am in the process of familiarizing myself with the various components that I ordered (EWR Instruc. Wkbk, Adv Screen, Elicitatiion Probe). Please help me understand the differences between when you would recommend using these three screening devices … I have written the devices and my understanding of the use of your materials. Please confirm/clarify. Thank you.

    Regular Screening-when I first see a student, and want a broader overview of /r/ production.

    Advanced Screening-(I realize that this is a much more detailed screening but not sure how to determine to choose the regular screening over this screening).

    Elicitation Probe-when a student showed no success in either of the screenings for any contexts in which /r/ was produced correctly. This probe might find a phonetic context in which /r/ is actually produced correctly and therefor can be a place to start therapy.

    Thank you,

  6. Karen,

    You have it right basically.

    The single page Entire World of R Screening Kit should be used:
    1) When you need a quick assessment of which vocalic /r/’s the student can produce.
    2) When you can determine by single words (and some follow-up modeling) which allophone to target.
    3) When you need a communication tool with the student, teacher and parents.

    Some SLPs have great ears and can quickly determine which areas need work and should be targeted. Therefore they can use the single page screener. If you have only average ears, then it will still guide you to understand that the student can say 4 of 21 different /r/’s (for example). You might not know the best starting place (of the 4), but it gives you a broad snapshot of the student’s capabilities and what you have to deal with.

    The Advanced Screening for R provides much more detail and degrees of production for each sound, so making judgments is more objective (55% vs 22%). If your ears aren’t as attuned to /r/ or if you want a more accurate gage of the response to intervention (RtI) then this is tool is better suited. It takes longer but is more accurate.

    The Elicitation Probe is used to:
    1) Determine between 2 or 3 different sounds (AR initial vs OR final vs EAR final) to probe areas of success so you can select an intervention target.
    2) Determine potential allophones to work on for an intervention target, or
    3) To find areas of potential when a child can’t say any /r/’s correctly. There must be some sound that is better to start with and this will help you uncover it.

    Hope that helps.

  7. My question is similar to an earlier one, but from a parent’s perspective. My son is 13 and has been in speech therapy since he was 4. Currently the R is the only sound he really still has trouble with. At the beginning of the school year, I forwarded a link to your site and a copy of the article explaining all the R sounds to the therapist at his school. According to my son, who read the article, this is NOT how his therapy has ever been approached- he’s always gotten word lists with a mixture of all the variations. The therapist said it WAS the same as she’s been doing, then proceeded to drop him from her case load on the excuse that he’s unmotivated and not progressing. (True, but after 9 yrs who can blame him?)

    Since it is now up to me to keep him working on this, what products would you recommend for parental use? As is the case with most people, limited budget is an issue. Games work very well for us, but I need more guidance in the actual production of the sounds than game instructions would provide. I can also make games myself if provided with appropriate words and phrases.

  8. Wendy,

    It’s unfortunate the response you got. You might want to try and kick it up a notch to get the services your son deserves.

    For a parent approaching speech therapy for the r sound, just like for a speech-language pathologist, the best resourse is The Entire World of R Book of Elicitation Techniques. It’s goes into more detail on how to evaluate and treat–similar to the article your refered to, but more indepth.

    Some of the tenets of the strategy are particularly important: 1. pick only one target at a time. 2. pick a target that is the most nearly correct sound to start with. 3. pick only one target at a time. (yes, I repeated because it’s an important point). The Book of Elicitation Techniques obviously discuses in more depth.

    The Entire World of R Probe Lists is a dictionary for R. It lists by phoneme (sound) and word position (begining of work, middle or end). This is a great (and cheap) way to create lists and games to practice with.

    Hope that helps. Best of luck,

  9. I have been looking for some info regarding this and today I came across your presentation on this. Though, I do not have most of the issues, I believe I have an issue with front /st/ blends, final /st/ blends, final /s/ blends, and final /sts/ blends. I wanted to eliminate this issue because when I pronounce words with these blends, people don’t understand it right first time. I have to repeat it.

    Do you have a trg material or exercise material I can purchase to practice and eliminate this issue?


  10. Our best source for you is The Entire World of S & Z Instructional Workbook. It’s written for speech-language pathologists to treat frontal and lateral lisps (problems saying /s/). It provides worksheets for all the different combinations. It includes our complete strategy on how to approach treating /s/ and /z/. Since it covers all combinations the number of worksheets for anyone sound is only 2 or 4 pages (just so you know what to expect).

    We have other books and materials that work on these sounds as well. You can find everything on /s/ and /z/ by clicking here.

  11. I work with middle and high school students. Currently, the student with /r/ issues on my case load are aged 12-18. I was wondering what products you recommended for older students as articulation materials tend to look very young. I don’t want my student to be put off by the looks of the materials.


  12. Good question. We’ve been getting more and more requests for materials for older students. We’ve been listening to your requests. Many of our recent /r/ materials are aimed at an “older” audience.

    We just released The Entire World of R Idioms (and one for S & Z as well). This is targeted directly for your students. This book can be used for stand alone language practice as well as combined with articulation.

    I’d also recommend The Entire World of R Probe Lists. This is just a listing of words by phoneme and word position. You or your students can use this for drilling practice or to make your own materials.

    Our EWR Say & Sequence Cards are also really versatile for any audience, especially if you challenge your students to make up stories using the included bridge cards.

    Finally, keep an eye out for Solve Then Say R. It contains over 275 pages of carryover practice activities (word find, sentence scramble, fill-in, etc.) all of which are geared for “older students” (ages 8 and up). It should be available in early Feb 2008.

  13. I am implementing RTi at my school and I am looking into your program as a possibility for artic delays. Your website states that your programs are ‘researched-based’, but I do not see where that is shown on your website. Other pages discuss evidenced-based. Can you give me some information about the research that has been done on your programs to prove their effectiveness?


  14. Hello,

    My son is 4 and is on his 3rd set of ear tubes to improve his hearing. The ear tubes do seem to correct his hearing difficulty and clear up his speech, but there are still some sounds that are not coming:

    bird is board
    dirt is dohrt
    hurt is hoirt

    What would you suggest for his age and also that doesn’t make too big of a deal about it? He’s annoyed when we don’t understand right away, and recently another 4 year old asked why he says some words so funny. I don’t want to make it a big deal but I want to get on this before it becomes a multi-year problem or a social liability. He’s shy enough as it is!

    Thank you so much!

  15. Rick-

    We did research almost 4 years ago and the data is contained in the Entire World of R book of Elicitation Techniques.

    The research demonstrated that utilizing the Phonetically consistent approach was effective for most students.

  16. Hi-

    The examples of words that you have given me are er medial stressed words.

    I would purchase The Entire World of R medial stressed card deck and play a Go-Fish or Memory game with the words. This will be fun as the pictures are cute and colorful and he won’t even realize that you are practicing his /r/ words. Great vocabulary building also!

  17. I just started working with an 8 year old for the summer at the request of his mother because the school therapists say that his articulation is not bad enough to receive therapy in the schools. The student has both a frontal lisp and troubles with /r/ production. I have ordered your instructional workbooks for /r/ and for /s/ & /z/. I am waiting to receive them in the mail. My question is: What problem do I treat first, the lisp or the /r/? My initial thought is to treat the lisp first because it impacts intelligibility more than the poor /r/ production. What do you think?


    • Hi Tricia-

      I would administer both screenings for /r/ and /s/ and /s/. Next, listen to him in conversational speech and determine which sounds the most severe, the /r/ or the /s/ and /s/. It also depends on how many /r/ allophones were misproduced. I would tend to treat both phonemes at the same time because the sounds are distinct enought that they student most likely will not get confused. Each student is individual, however and you have to determine what approach he will improve with.

      Good luck!

  18. Hi
    I am an SLP in PreK to 5th grade. So I have varying levels of R/vocalic R issues. I just happened upon your program(s) and it seems wonderful. I need to know where to start and what books I should buy. I also have students with lisps-lateral and frontal. If I could get info on this as well. This will be out of pocket but if it works, I’m willing to invest in it. Also will you be doing any work shops on your program or are they available anywhere?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Sharon,

      The best place to start for /r/ is The Entire World of R Book of Elicitation Techniques. This has the complete strategy on protocols on how to evaluate and treat vocalic /r/. If you have a little more to spend, I recommend The Entire World of R Premium Pack, since it’s such a great deal and gives you more flexibility. From there it’s really up to the type of therapy you like to perform. We have stories, card decks, flip books, games, and software.

      For frontal and lateral lisps treatment, you should try The Entire World of S & Z Instructional Workbook. With this we start with the exploded /t/ [ts] and work on alveolar target exercises, such as /ls/ and /ns/.

      I’m doing two workshops at ASHA in Philadelphia. You can check out the convention schedule for more information. You can become a Facebook Fan for more timely information on events and specials.
      We also have the new The Entire World of R Multimedia Training Course which is a self-paced tutorial on treating /r/. The great thing about this course is that you get to see 5 different therapists working with 20 different students on treating /r/.

      Hope that helps.

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