“How to Teach a Child to Say the “R” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons”

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 10 customer ratings
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This “Help Me Talk Right” book focuses on the “r” sound. It presents an easy to follow, proven step-by-step method of correcting those pesky “r”s. All the tools and techniques you need for “r” sound correction are included.

Free of technical jargon and easy to use, this book is for speech pathologists, speech assistants, and parents who wish to teach a child how to say the “r” sound and use it in conversation. Everything you need to know about teaching a child to say and use the “r” sound is clearly shown in a step-by-step format. Each lesson builds upon the successes of previous lessons so that the child is challenged to use the “r” more often until she is able to use it in conversation. The book comes complete with worksheets, suggestions for games and fun exercises, and a certificate of achievement.

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Excerpted from Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the “R” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons by Mirla G. Raz.

Place the mirror in front of you and the child. Look in the mirror with the child and say, “Now you are going to make a muscle with you tongue. Watch me first.” Show the child how you lift your tongue tip up and back. Demonstrate this for the child again. Now tell the child that it is her turn to make a muscle with her tongue. Tell her you will do it together first.

Table of Contents

One: Tongue and Teeth Positioning
Two: Producing the RRRRR Sound
Three: Final RRRRR in Simple Syllables
Four: Initial RRRRR in Simple Syllables
Five: Final RRRRR in Simple Words
Six: Initial RRRRR in Simple Words
Seven: Pairing Initial RRRRR Simple Words
Eight: Pairing Final RRRRR Simple Words
Nine: Medial RRRRR in Simple Words
Ten: Final RRRRR in Simple Sentences
Eleven: Initial RRRRR in Simple Sentences
Twelve: Blends
Thirteen: Sentences Using Initial, Medial, and Final RRRRR and RRRRR in Blends
Fourteen: Using RRRRR While Playing
Fifteen: Using RRRRR in Conversation
Certificate of Achievement
Appendix A: Worksheets
Appendix B: Activities & Materials

10 reviews for “How to Teach a Child to Say the “R” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons”

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandra K. Krichbaum, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

    I was especially pleased with the step-by-step instructions with exact details to correct the “r” sound… which include clear expectations at each level. The creative and fun suggestions during each lesson make this a pleasant experience for adult and child. This is a much needed book for children having difficulty with the “r” sound.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Practical Homeschooling

    It’s a miwacle! At least that’s what I hope Help Me Talk Right: How to Teach a Child to Say the “R” Sound in 15 Easy Lessons will be. Renee Mathis gave a glowing recommendation to Mirla G. Raz’s earlier book, Help Me Talk Right: How to Correct a Child’s Lisp in 15 Easy Lesson. Now I see why. With very clear lessons, from tongue positioning with the “jelly spot” to practicing initial and final “r”s in single words, phrases, and sentences, any parent can use this book. With the built-in games, worksheets, and activities, any child will be happy to go along.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

    The program is sequential, very specific, and easy to follow… Directions are written simply for a parent or layperson.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cloud Nine “Deb”

    Have not completed the whole book with my daughter yet, but already she is making great progress. The book is written such that it is easy to follow and breaks down the chapters in easy manageable exercises with visible results as you go along.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is something we are still working on, but has taught us a lot about using the “R” sound properly and our child is making progress. It may help you avoid getting a speech therapist, but may not. Would recommend trying it since it has a lot of very useful information.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peggy K Beaulieu

    I was skeptical at the title. Remediating the R sound isn’t easy or usually that quick. However, to clarify , it is 15 LESSONS over many sessions. I ordered this for parent friendly information and hand outs and it is perfect for that. The author does stress that many children need professional help for R. I would be delighted if a parent came to me with their child using this book and wanting assistance with instruction of R and I am now using this book with the families of the R kids I have on my caseload. Once the child is mid-way thru the lessons,(Correct R at the word level) it is ideal to have more and more practice at home, especially once established that they are not practicing an incorrect R. This manual is perfect for trransistioning children from therapy to home carry-over. Thank you, from Peggy, Speech Language Pathologist.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    K. McClung

    I am very pleased with this book! My 7 yo son was saying his R sounds by lesson 7. We’re continuing on through to the end of the book, but he is saying his R sounds perfectly now. We did this at home without the help of a speech therapist. He was very frustrated with practicing R sounds before using this book & hated practicing speech. I will be purchasing the book for S sounds next.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vikki Jenkins “Homeschool Mom”

    This book actually lays out a lesson plan on how to teach your child to pronounce his “r”‘s. I am most grateful. The step by step instructions make teaching this sound easy. My son for the first time is making his “r” sounds. I would recommend this book to everyone.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kellie Henkel

    this book is pretty good. A little wordy for the Speech Language Pathologist, but for a parent or assistant – it is very clear cut. I wrote up a quick summary of the book for me to reference in 2 pages. It does work 🙂 I was finally able to elicit a good /r/

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Our son started going to speech over two months ago. We didn’t really notice any change at all. My husband found this book on Amazon and thought it might be a good try at helping him with his “R” sound after reading all the positive reviews. We purchased this book and he has come so far due to this book! In just two weeks it is amazing how well he can pronounce his r’s. He loves practicing with us. The book explains how to form your mouth and your tongue to say it correctly and has the person immitate you on how it should be pronounced correctly. Just the basics in the first few lessons made a world of difference. We highly recommend this book to anyone that has problems pronouncing their r’s.

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