If you've got students like I do, who have mastered prevocalic or initial R, but are struggling to get vocalic R, you know how frustrating it can be.
Over the years, I have developed a few tools I love to use for vocalic R, as well as a 5-step session routine that has been working very well for me.
Step 4: Vocalic R Practice
Now that we have spent some time slowly shaping our vocalic Rs, I like to end the session by switching the activity away from the webs and doing some practice with other vocalic R words. This will still be drill, but as it will be a more difficult sound (than the prevocalic R) I will be moving more slowly and providing much more modeling and cueing to the students. I like to keep the web I used handy so I can refer to it and remind them to use coarticulation. In fact, the webs mentioned above come with a blank version that are perfect for this activity. You can write the words you use right on the web as you use them.
Again, I love the No Print Flashcards by Speech Therapy Fun for this, but I do like to mix up the activities a bit, so I often use pages from Peachie Speechie's I Can Say R Workbook, which is a great resource.
Let me start with how Kiwi Speech got its name. I currently live in Pittsburgh, but it took living in a few different states and countries to get here. One of which (and the one that is truly "home"), was New Zealand. When I was first starting my business, I wanted a name that represented who I was, but was also catchy and kid-friendly. A person from New Zealand is colloquially referred to as a "kiwi", hence, Kiwi Speech was born.
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