My eldest daughter still could not manage to learn to pronounce the letter r. Now it’s funny to watch a video of the time when she reads poetry or sings a song and this sound doesn’t work for her. But then we were not very fun. Closer to 5 years, we decided not to wait for everything to be fine by itself, and turned to a speech therapist for help.
Classes at the speech therapist
We were lucky, because on site we have a great speech therapist. There is no turn to a specialist, whereas in the kindergarten we were told to come only at 6 years old. And besides, it takes completely free. I already think that we will soon go to her with the younger daughter, since she practically does not speak with us.
Classes at a specialist were held 3 times a week, but the main work was done daily in our home, because speech therapist gave a lot of tasks that we had to perform.
What should worry parents
I would like to dwell on one more moment. Children who can not be p sound, replace it with another. If this is sound l, then there is no particular cause for concern. Gradually, after classes with a speech therapist, he will be replaced by the letter that is needed.
But we are adults because we can not calm down and begin to repeat to the child: Say a fish, tell rr. As a result, the child begins to pronounce the sound wrong, this is the so-called throat p. This throat p is then very difficult to change to a normal sound and the child remains burry for a lifetime. Therefore, do not overdo it in training, this should be done by a specialist if there are problems.
Every day my daughter and I did articulation exercises to strengthen the muscles of the tongue. For example, in front of a mirror, we clatter with our tongue, like a horse is clattering with hoofs. Then they cleaned the teeth with the tongue – they were performed on the upper row with the tongue and on the lower row. In this case, you can not move the jaw. You can compete with the child, who further stretches the tongue.
I was very surprised by the fact that the speech therapist asked her daughter a huge written assignment, but apparently it was an important part of the treatment. For example, the daughter had to prescribe the lines of printed letters: p, w, w. Then she prescribed syllables with these consonants. In this case, it was necessary to continuously pronounce the sound that you write. By the way, after these exercises, the daughter began to read, not by syllables, but immediately the words completely.
We also learned tongue twisters. They were not necessarily associated with the sound r. For example, one that forever crashed into my memory: I bought a cuckoo cuckoo hood, as in the hood it is ridiculous.
Very little time passed (literally a month or two) and the daughter began to say the coveted letter. Thanks to her studies, she developed an excellent diction, better than me and my husband. Therefore, with this problem, I advise everyone to promptly contact a speech therapist.
Did you have problems with the letter p?