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Old 02-07-2011, 04:44 AM   #11
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I was in speech therapy for my R sounds until 4th grade. To tell you the truth,I still had problem with Rs up until junior high, and sometimes would even slip up in highschool. I could easily say Rs at the beginning of a word (Rat, Rock, etc), it was the words with Rs at the end (car, far)

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Old 02-07-2011, 05:03 AM   #12
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Ditto the other posters. My ds is in speech, and he'll be 6 in a couple of months. He still substitutes W for R, but they aren't working on that now. Right they they are working on his K and G sound. They come out as a D, plus they are working on multiple sounds, like st, sc, and so on. He's not really old enough for the R/W thing to be an issue.

As an aside, my youngest, who will be three soon, has perfect articulation. She says K's and G's better than her older brother. It's too cute! She overemphasizes the K's, so they are Kah. "More milk-kah."
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:18 PM   #13
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I wouldn't be worried. My son is almost two also and doesn't talk at all. Well, that's not fair, he's starting to mock people and have babble conversations with himself. So if making R sounds is on your radar you are doing good
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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Thank you, everyone. I feel much better.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #15
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

My son(turned 5 last dec) is in speech therapy, he is in a phonological program which helps to correct the letters being pronouce incorrectly. For example he used to say "tat" for "cat", that is called fronting, putting a different letting in front.

Speech pathologists said by age 3 they should not be doing this. He has been in a program through the school district which is awesome.

I'm volunteering tomorrow so I'll ask her about the r sound.

That is what he is working on right now, there are 4 and 5 yr olds in his class btw.

If it's just one sound then maybe it's not as much a problem, my son had a ton he has worked on and can say most of them correctly now or at least when corrected, like S, F, K, G, SN, ST. R is one of the last and now we are on sentences.

So they use tactile cue's to help the kids say the sound. For example, S you make a trail like a snake down your arm(child does it to their arm) and exaggerate the S. For P, you puff up your cheek and POP your finger off the cheek. For SP, like spoon you do both.

So here's the R:

place the tips of both index fingers on the side of the lower jaw near the back teeth. As you say /r/ move your finger tips up along the jaw lines towards your ears.



When you( and your child) use the cues with R words or whatever the problem letter is, then it makes a huge difference. The movement kinda helps them know physically where to make the sound for most of them and it also reminds them to correct themselves. My son often corrects himself now.

In case you are wondering we also get flashcards from them with sounds we are working on, like now it's rack, rake etc, we get words to read to them with the letter(sometimes begining letter, sometimes ending letter) and they listen to words on headphones in school at a listening station, projects with the letter.

Check with your school district to see if they evaluate and even your local school he will be going to so they might be able to have speech set up for him for kindergarten.

My nephew is 10 and just started speech for a lisp(very fast progress btw as he's older and motivated) because kids makeing fun, so it's better to get things done when younger IMO.

Hope that helps, I'll update with what SP says about age of R should be spoken correctly.
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oops just read he's only almost 2, wouldn't worry about it until after 3, but I think the cue would help and make a R group of toys etc to practice on.
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Thanks for typing all that up, Leanbh! I'll definitely try the cue with him. (I'm sitting here doing all the motions while I'm reading).
I guess he is still pretty young, but I didn't want him to learn to say things the wrong way and have it be a hard habit to break by the time it matters, you know? I'm glad to know it can take a little longer.
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Hi,

I asked today and it is one of the later letters to be able to say, they are not even concerned with it as much at this point(kids are 4 and 5) and work on others first.

I think even just overemphasising(sp?) the rrrrrrr will eventually click with him.

I know L is a late one too and my ODS(who's very articulate in speech btw at 7)could not say it at one of his ped check ups(think age 4) and she was not concerned, he would say wolllipop instead of lollipop. Sure enough he got it about 2 months later as we would ask him to say it every now and then.

I think if YOU just keep saying it right and rrrrr, then he should get it when it's the right time. In fairness that one is a hard cue compared to some of them!
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Re: Saying the "R" sound

My name was "Wanda" until I got speech therapy in 2nd grade. I have three friends (in their 20s) that still can't pronounce their "R"s because they didn't have speech therapy at their school.

I still remember the sentence I had to learn: "Roger Rabbit ran around the tree"
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