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Natural Tongue position for /r/ - Vocalic R

There are two tongue positions for the /r/ sounds. Neither tongue position is superior to the other. 50% of the population uses what is called the retroflexed /r/ which is the tongue tip curled up and back like a backward C or sleeping bag, the second tongue position is the retracted /r/ which is the center of the tongue humped up like a mountain. Tongue positions can be determined by finding a key word on the Entire World of R single word, Entire World of R Advanced Screening tool or the new Comprehensive R Screening available in downloadable format.

See the video for yoga poses that can be used by the speech pathologist to demonstrate how the tongue positions look and students can do the poses to feel in their body how the positions are made.

Vocalic /r/: 2 Tongue Placements for /R/


The Entire World of R (Vocalic R) Products:

The Entire World of R
Advanced Screening
SKU: EWR-037 Price: $43.99
The Advanced Screening for /r/ is the most comprehensive and advanced screening for vocalic /r/ ever created. Know exactly which vocalic /r/'s (r-controlled vowel) and in which context your students are having difficulty. Complements the protocols from The Entire World of R Book of Elicitation Techniques. Comes with pad of 30 (11x17") forms, student copies, results forms and Elicitation Probe for all consonantal-vocalic combinations. Screening all 32 different /r/'s --vocalic, blends, prevocalic (initial) and /rl/. Includes lots of forms for easy assessment of /r/ articulation disorders.
compre-r-screening-small.png Comprehensive R Screening (Digital Download) SKU: ST-004D Price: $23.99
This screening form is the ultimate /r/ screening in digital format. The goal is to assess 32 /r/ allophones until you find a correct production and to measure /r/ productions in single words, phrases, sentences, and structured conversation (reading stories). This product differs from the EWR Advanced Screening in the following] ways: No stimulus book, a digital download, contains medial and triple /r/ blend words. There are stories for prevocalic /r/, initial /r/ blends, medial /r/ blends, vocalic /r/ and a carryover story which contains all of the /r/ sounds mixed into one story.
The Entire World of R Single Word Screening Form (Digital Download) SKU: SF-000D Price: $19.99
Download the original 21 word one-page screening form. Quickly and easily evaluate all 21 types of /r/. Divided by vocalic phoneme and by initial, medial,and final word positions. This is a Digital Download only. Easy print from your computer.