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Old 02-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Saying the "R" sound

At what point is it crucial to be able to say the "r" sound? Any tricks to help him say it?

My ds is almost 2. R's end up as a W or Y sound (woad for road, watey for water, etc.). I've been working with him when we play (making the cars go rrr, rrrr) and having him try to mimic my mouth saying word with R's, but I'm just not sure how to help him any more, or if I should even worry about it just yet.

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Old 02-06-2011, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

R is one of the more difficult sound and one of the last to develop. DD#1 couldn't say R until about 2 1/2. So I am not an expert, but I wouldn't be worried yet.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

rrrr is actually one of the last sounds that are developmentally appropriate. Our school doesn't normally start speech therapy for "r" sounds until 2nd grade. So 6-8 ish years old is when you should expect that to be correct.

My son started speech in 1st grade (at 6) for his R's because they were actually hindering his reading. However, that was unusual in terms of therapy because we believed for him it was habitual, not developmental.

At this stage, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Certainly, continue to model the correct sound, but anticipate that he will improve as his motor function improves.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:10 PM   #4
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I said my Rs like Ws for long time. My elementary school started me in speech therapy when I was in 3rd grade. Even though the therapy was only an hour once a week, I quickly learned to correct myself. Anyhow, I'm no expert, but I wanted to let you know that I didn't get help for this until I was 7 and I got over it really well. I wouldn't worry too much just yet.
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rrrr is actually one of the last sounds that are developmentally appropriate. Our school doesn't normally start speech therapy for "r" sounds until 2nd grade. So 6-8 ish years old is when you should expect that to be correct.

My son started speech in 1st grade (at 6) for his R's because they were actually hindering his reading. However, that was unusual in terms of therapy because we believed for him it was habitual, not developmental.

At this stage, I wouldn't worry about it at all. Certainly, continue to model the correct sound, but anticipate that he will improve as his motor function improves.
Yep. I was going to say it's like 7 or so before they actually worry about Rs.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

Yep, ds just turned 4 and still says his R's like W. I wouldn't worry.
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

I also had speech therapy for "r's" and I was in 2-3 grade. I actually got my "impediment" from my Brooklyn Uncle, their "r's" aren't always clear, so in my case I don't believe that I needed the therapy as it was not hindering my learning or confidence, it just wasn't what the school thought it should be. What he hears is what he says. I would say don't worry until your doc worries, or his teachers, and then think about the true need for the therapy.
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

My 2 oldest boys (6 and 8) could not say R until just recently. I found out most ped's won't even give you a referral for speech therapy unless the child has reached his 7th bday. It is the most difficult sound to make, and the last to develop. At 2 yrs, it would be more uncommon for a child to be able to say it correctly than not.

A few tips from our ST:

Have child always drink w/a straw as it helps to develop that muscle that is needed to make the r sound.

ugh, all of a sudden I can't remember the other things :O I am drawing a complete blank!!!! I will have to look that stuff up and post again later! But anyway, you have some time before you have to worry about it!
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I went to speach therapy in second grade for that so I was about 7. I can say it just fine now
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We do monster sounds for the 'r' sound with our ds. RRRRRRock RRRack RRRats
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