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Production of the /r/ Sound

Posted by Casey Roy on

Hi Vanessa,

I recently participated in your webinar and I thought you would be a good person to ask a therapy question. I'm a TalkTools Level 2 therapist and I'm treating privately and collaborating with another SLP to help her son with a distorted /r/. 

We have finished bite blocks, chewy tubes/grabbers and I feel confident his jaw is stable. We are starting horn #8. He appears good with straw #8 and the straw D. He likes sensory input and we use cool lemon swabs for improved sensing of the back of tongue side spread which we are seeing improvement. Lip and tongue disassociation is our focus. 

I was wondering what the correct cue for lips when we attempt /r/ in isolation? His mom prefers to use the "don't move the lips" or lip retraction without movement when I introduced the "freeze" /ee/ to /r/ technique. In the past that is what I did, but now I feel that slight movement is ok and is needed for him. I'm wondering what position of the lips (protruded or retracted) is best for the mentalis muscle for /r/ production. I'm also wondering the exact role of the mentalis with /r/ production. This is a child again who needs high sensory input. I haven't been successful with finding the answer online.

I appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you for your blogs, webinars and inspiration!

Lesley Larive, M.S., CCC-SLP
Omaha, NE

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