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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

NEED your HELP!! Any advice? Ideas?

I have two "w" sayers when they should say "r"...any advice or ideas on how to work on saying r's correctly?? I have researched this online, but have yet to find any good ideas for practicing saying r's correctly. Here is an example of what is happening when the kids say their r's...instead of sounding like rabbit, it sounds like wabbit. I would not be concerned so much, but my six year old has not grown out of this, so I don't think my four year old will either. Have an idea, leave a comment:).

9 comments:

Ali said...

A good start would ne to not allow the kids to watch Elmer Fudd, it has been known to cause fudd syndrome in small children and even adults.

The Herd said...

Very funny Ali! I will have to think about that one...Dropping Elmer Fudd would be hard!

Lauren said...

There's a little girl at our church (6) who has the same problem. Whenever I'm with her, we "roar" like a bear and work on it until it's RRRRR instead of some other sound. She thinks it's hysterical and doesn't even realize that we're working on the R sound.

One time, we were out passing out tracts and she saw this guy in a weird costume. She looked at me and said "Wow... that was scawey." It was so cute, but it won't be cute when she's 16.

3boys1girl said...

It is not uncommon to mispronounce R's up until about age 8 (per the speech therapist my son went to.)It apparantly is one of the harder sounds to "get" as it has many forms.

Tori said...

I have no idea! My daughter who is 10 has a problem with R but hers is different. We moved to Croatia when she was 2 and now when she speaks English she uses the Croatian R sound. Sounds like she has a British accent of something. I'm looking forward to reading the comments here.

2lilreds said...

My suggestion was going to be exactly what Lauren said! When I thought about how my mouth is when I say, /r/, my teeth want to be together. When you say /w/, you bring your lips forward and round them. So, to practice /r/, have your kids clench their teeth together and roar at you. I was going to suggest roaring like lions, but hey, bears work too! Whatever your kids will enjoy. :)

I'd suggest thinking, yourself, about how you form your /r/ and /w/ sounds - you will be able to feel how your mouth forms the sounds, and hopefully explain it to your kids, too. Or at least get them to practice the /r/ correctly, if you don't want to explain things like tongue position, LOL!

The Sparks Circus said...

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lori

The Cornwell Family said...

Well after going through speech therapy with my 2 oldest, I would say that the "r" is not a concern with the speech therapists until 8 for girls and 9 for boys. It is one of the hardest sounds and many just outgrow it. It doesn't hurt to work with them, but don't be real nrevous about it.

Ginger said...

Actually, /r/ is a concern to Speech Language Pathologist at the age of 6. The book "The Wizard of R" is great for this! Cured my 7 yo nephew of his w's. :)