The difficulty in producing the “r” sound is called “rhotacism” or “rotacism.” It is a type of speech sound disorder that affects the pronunciation of the “r” sound, which can be either a vowel or a consonant depending on the context in which it is used. Individuals with rhotacism may substitute the “r” sound with another sound, such as a “w” or an “l” sound, or they may distort the sound, making it sound like a combination of other sounds. R words speech therapy can be helpful in treating rhotacism and improving the ability to produce the “r” sound correctly.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to pronounce R?
- 2 Why Read Stories for R words speech therapy?
- 3 For the Boys
- 4 For the Girls
How to pronounce R?
To begin, try positioning your mouth by placing the tip of your tongue near the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth. This is a good starting point to create the “R” sound.
Next, round your lips into a small circle, as if you’re saying “oo”. This lip position helps to form the sound and make it more clear.
Now comes the tricky part: making the sound itself. To do this, push air out of your mouth while keeping your tongue in the same position. As the air passes over the sides of your tongue, it creates a vibration or rolling sound that we recognize as the “R” sound.
Why Read Stories for R words speech therapy?
Reading stories with lots of words containing the “r” sound is one technique that speech therapists may use to help individuals with rhotacism improve their ability to produce the “r” sound correctly.
This technique is called “reading with emphasis,” where the therapist will emphasize the “r” sound in the story and encourage the individual to listen and repeat the words containing the sound. This technique can be helpful in increasing awareness of the sound and helping individuals learn to produce it correctly.
However, it is typically just one component of a comprehensive treatment plan that may also include exercises to strengthen the oral muscles used in speech production, drills to practice specific sounds, and other techniques tailored to the individual’s specific needs.
Nevertheless, here are the stories your children can use for their practices.
For the Boys
Action: The Race to the Finish Line
There were two boys named Ryan and Riley who loved to race. They both had fast bikes and were always looking for a challenge. One day, they heard about a big race happening in the nearby town and decided to enter.
The race was a tough one, with lots of hills and obstacles. But Ryan and Riley were determined to win. They lined up at the starting line with the other racers and waited for the signal.
“Ready, set, go!” the announcer shouted, and the racers took off. Ryan and Riley were neck and neck, pushing themselves to go faster and faster. They weaved in and out of the other racers, dodging obstacles and making sharp turns.
As they approached the halfway point of the race, Ryan suddenly hit a rough patch of road, and his bike swerved out of control. He crashed into a ditch and tumbled off his bike. Riley was in the lead now, but he didn’t want to leave Ryan behind. He skidded to a stop and ran back to help his friend.
“Are you okay, Ryan?” Riley asked, checking to see if Ryan was hurt.
“I’m okay, but my bike is busted,” Ryan said, pointing to his broken bike.
Riley looked around and saw a pile of spare bike parts nearby. He quickly got to work, using the spare parts to fix Ryan’s bike. “There, good as new,” Riley said as he finished the repairs.
Ryan was grateful and determined to catch up to the other racers. He got back on his bike, and they both took off again. They were now even more determined to win.
The last leg of the race was the toughest, with a steep hill leading to the finish line. Ryan and Riley pedaled with all their might, pushing themselves to the limit. They could see the finish line in the distance and knew that they were close.
As they reached the top of the hill, they saw that they were neck and neck with the other racers. It was going to be a close finish! They pushed themselves even harder, pedaling faster and faster.
Finally, they crossed the finish line, with Ryan just barely ahead of Riley. They both collapsed on the ground, exhausted but thrilled with their victory. They high-fived each other and hugged, knowing that they had done it together.
From that day on, Ryan and Riley were known as the best racers in town, and they knew that they would always be there to help each other out.
Comedy: The Robot’s Birthday Party
There was a boy named Roger who built a robot named Rusty. Rusty was Roger’s best friend, and they did everything together. One day, Roger realized that Rusty’s birthday was coming up, so he decided to throw him a surprise party.
Roger invited all of Rusty’s robot friends to the party. There was Robby, Rosie, R2D2, and even Wall-E. Roger decorated the room with balloons and streamers and made a big birthday cake for Rusty.
When Rusty arrived at the party, he was very surprised. He had never had a birthday party since birth! All of his robot friends shouted, “Happy Birthday, Rusty!” and Roger led the group in a song.
Then, it was time for Rusty to open his presents. He tore off the wrapping paper and found a shiny new wrench from Robby, a set of gears from Rosie, and a new motherboard from R2D2. When he opened Wall-E’s present, he found a bunch of rusty bolts and screws. “Uh, thanks, Wall-E,” Rusty said, trying to be polite.
Everyone laughed at Wall-E’s silly gift. “At least it’s in the theme of the party,” Roger joked.
After opening the presents, Rusty blew out the candles on his cake and made a wish. Then, the robots all dug into the cake and enjoyed the sweet treat.
The party was a huge success, and Rusty was so happy to have such great robot friends. He hugged Roger and said, “Thanks for the best birthday ever, Roger!”
Roger smiled and said, “Anytime, Rusty. You deserve it.” And with that, the robots all said their goodbyes and promised to do it again next year.
Thriller: The Haunted Roller Coaster
Once upon a time, there was a group of friends named Rachel, Ryan, and Rebecca who loved to go to amusement parks. They would go on all the rides and try to outdo each other with their bravery. One day, they heard about a new roller coaster that had just opened at a nearby park. It was supposed to be the scariest ride yet!
Excited to test their courage, the friends made their way to the park. They got in line for the roller coaster and waited anxiously for their turn. As they climbed into the car, they noticed that the ride was old and creaky, with rusted metal and peeling paint.
The ride started off slow but soon picked up speed as it zoomed around sharp turns and plunged down steep drops. Rachel, Ryan, and Rebecca were screaming with excitement, but then something strange happened. The ride suddenly stopped in the middle of a dark tunnel, and the lights went out.
At first, they thought it was just part of the ride, but then they heard strange noises coming from the darkness. It sounded like whispers and footsteps. Suddenly, the car started moving again, but it wasn’t going in the right direction. It was going backward, back up the steep drop they had just gone down.
They screamed as the car picked up speed, hurtling backward through the dark tunnel. They could see shadows moving around them but couldn’t make out what they were. The car suddenly jolted to a stop, and the lights came back on.
They looked around and saw that they were no longer on the roller coaster. They were in an old, abandoned amusement park surrounded by rusted rides and broken attractions. They tried to get out of the car, but it was stuck.
Just then, they heard a chilling laughter coming from behind them. They turned around and saw a ghostly figure, wearing a tattered old uniform, standing in the shadows. “Welcome to my park,” the ghostly figure cackled. “You’ll never leave!”
The friends screamed in terror as the ghostly figure started to move closer. But then, they heard a familiar sound. It was the sound of a roller coaster coming toward them. They turned around and saw that the haunted roller coaster was approaching, with their friend Robert at the controls.
Robert had been worried when they didn’t return from the ride, so he had gone looking for them. He saw the car stuck in the old park and came to rescue his friends. He drove the roller coaster car straight into the abandoned park and used the momentum to break the car loose.
The friends quickly climbed aboard the roller coaster, and Robert took them on a wild ride through the abandoned park, dodging ghosts and broken rides. They finally made it back to the entrance, where they were met by park security.
It turns out that the old, abandoned amusement park had been closed down years ago after a terrible accident on the haunted roller coaster. The park was rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of the people who had died in the accident. Rachel, Ryan, Rebecca, and Robert were just lucky to have made it out alive.
Adventure: The Quest for the Rare Ruby
There was a young boy named Rory who loved exploring. One day, he stumbled upon an old map that led to a rare ruby hidden deep in a jungle. Rory knew he had to find the ruby, so he set off on an adventure.
The journey was long and treacherous, with dense forests, deep ravines, and dangerous animals. But Rory was determined to find the ruby, so he pushed on. He crossed rickety bridges, climbed steep cliffs, and swam through raging rivers.
After days of traveling, Rory finally reached the spot marked on the map. He saw a giant stone statue with a ruby embedded in its forehead. But as he approached, he heard a loud growl. He turned around and saw a giant jaguar blocking his way.
Rory tried to run, but the jaguar was faster. Just as the jaguar was about to pounce, Rory remembered a trick he had learned from his grandfather. He stood still and made himself look big, like a bear. The jaguar hesitated for a moment, giving Rory enough time to grab a nearby stick and start waving it around like a sword.
The jaguar backed off, and Rory took the opportunity to run toward the statue. But as he reached the base, he realized that there was a riddle carved into the stone. The riddle said:
“To find the ruby, you must be wise
And look beyond the statue’s eyes
Find the right path, and you shall see
The ruby is shining bright and free.”
Rory thought for a moment and realized that the answer to the riddle was in the statue’s eyes. He looked closely and saw that the statue was looking towards a hidden path. He followed the path and finally reached the ruby.
He held the rare ruby in his hand, marveling at its beauty. But then he heard another growl. He turned around and saw the jaguar again. This time, he knew he couldn’t outrun it. So he stood his ground and held out the ruby.
The jaguar sniffed at the ruby and then licked Rory’s hand. Rory realized that the jaguar wasn’t trying to attack him. It was just protecting its territory. Rory smiled and held out his hand, offering to share the ruby with the jaguar.
From that day on, Rory and the jaguar became friends. They traveled together, exploring new places and having adventures. And Rory learned that sometimes, the greatest treasure isn’t the rare ruby but the friendships we make along the way.
Heroism: The Brave Rescue
Rex was a brave firefighter who lived in a small town. One day, a huge fire broke out in a nearby building. The building was old and made of wood, and the flames were spreading quickly. The townspeople were in a panic, but Rex knew he had to act fast.
He rushed to the fire station and gathered his team. They loaded up their trucks with hoses, axes, and other firefighting gear and raced to the scene of the fire. When they arrived, they saw that the building was already engulfed in flames. But Rex didn’t let that deter him.
He led his team into the building, despite the intense heat and smoke. They crawled on their hands and knees, feeling their way through the darkness. They could hear people screaming for help, but they couldn’t see anything.
Suddenly, Rex spotted a woman in a room with flames all around her. She was trapped and couldn’t move. Rex knew he had to act quickly. He grabbed his axe and smashed through the wall, creating a hole big enough for the woman to crawl through.
He pulled her out of the room and carried her to safety. But he knew there were still others trapped inside. So he returns to the burning building, determined to save as many people as he can.
Rex and his team worked tirelessly, breaking down doors, smashing through walls, and pulling people out of the building. They rescued a family of four, a group of elderly residents, and several pets. The townspeople watched in amazement as Rex and his team brought each person to safety.
Finally, after several hours, the fire was under control. Rex and his team had saved everyone who was trapped inside. They were exhausted and covered in soot, but they were heroes.
The townspeople cheered and thanked Rex and his team for their bravery. Rex smiled humbly and said, “It’s all in a day’s work.” But deep down, he knew that he had risked his life to save others. He felt proud and honored to be a firefighter, and he knew he would continue to serve his town with courage and dedication.
For the Girls
Fantasy: The Enchanted Rose
Princess Aurora lived in a magnificent castle on the edge of a dark forest. She was known throughout the kingdom for her beauty, her kindness, and her love of flowers. Her favorite flower was the rose, and she had a vast garden filled with every type of rose imaginable.
One day, as Princess Aurora was walking through her garden, she noticed a peculiar rose bush. The roses on this bush were unlike any she had ever seen before. They were deep red and seemed to shimmer in the sunlight. As she approached the bush, she noticed a tiny fairy perched on one of the petals.
“Who are you?” asked the princess.
“I am Rosalind, the fairy of the enchanted rose,” replied the fairy. “This rose bush is magical, and it has the power to grant wishes.”
“Really?” said the princess, intrigued.
“Yes,” said Rosalind. “But there is a catch. You must be pure of heart and selfless in your wish. If your wish is pure, the rose bush will grant it. But if it is not, the rose bush will wilt and die.”
The princess thought for a moment. She knew that she had everything she could ever want. But there was one thing missing: her people were suffering from a terrible drought. The crops were withering, and the rivers had dried up. Princess Aurora knew that her wish would be to end the drought and bring water back to the land.
She closed her eyes and made her wish. When she opened them again, she saw that the rose bush was glowing with a bright light. Suddenly, a powerful gust of wind blew through the garden, and raindrops began to fall from the sky.
The princess watched in wonder as the rain fell harder and harder, drenching the dry earth and nourishing the thirsty plants. The rivers began to flow again, and the crops began to grow. The people of the kingdom rejoiced, and they knew that their kind and selfless princess had saved them all.
From that day forward, Princess Aurora tended to the enchanted rose with great care, always mindful of its power and the responsibility that came with it. She knew that she had been blessed with a great gift, and she vowed to use it wisely for the good of her people and the kingdom.
Fashion: Harper’s Hipster Look
Harper was a girl with a passion for fashion. She loved to experiment with different styles and trends, always pushing the boundaries of what was considered fashionable. Her favorite look was the hipster style, which combined vintage and modern elements to create a unique and quirky vibe.
One day, Harper decided to create her own hipster look for an upcoming fashion show. She spent hours scouring thrift stores and vintage shops for the perfect pieces to complete her outfit. She found a retro red beret, a rust-colored corduroy skirt, and a plaid shirt with a ruffled collar.
However, the pièce de résistance was the pair of round, wire-rimmed glasses that she found at a vintage eyewear store. They were the perfect accessory to complete her hipster look, and Harper knew that they would make her stand out on the runway.
The day of the fashion show arrived, and Harper stepped out onto the runway with confidence and swagger. She strutted down the catwalk, her red beret tilted to the side, her corduroy skirt swishing with every step. Her plaid shirt billowed behind her, and her wire-rimmed glasses caught the light, making her eyes sparkle.
The audience was mesmerized by Harper’s hipster look, and she received a standing ovation when she finished her walk. She knew that she had nailed the hipster style, and she felt proud of herself for taking a fashion risk and succeeding.
From that day on, Harper became known as a fashion trailblazer, always coming up with new and innovative looks that combined vintage and modern elements in unexpected ways. And every time she put on her round wire-rimmed glasses, she remembered the day when she rocked the runway with her hipster look and felt like the coolest girl in the room.
Cooking: Rory’s Raspberry Recipe
Rory was a girl who loved to cook. Her specialty was desserts, and she was always experimenting with new recipes and flavor combinations. Her favorite ingredient was raspberries, which added a tangy and sweet flavor to any dish.
One day, Rory decided to create a raspberry tart recipe that would showcase the delicious flavor of her favorite fruit. She spent hours in the kitchen, measuring and mixing uring, tasting, and tweaking until she had created the perfect recipe.
Her raspberry tart recipe called for a crust made with crushed graham crackers and ground almonds, a creamy filling made with cream cheese and whipped cream, and a topping of fresh raspberries and raspberry sauce.
The tart looked and smelled delicious, and Rory couldn’t wait to share it with her friends and family. She served it at a dinner party, and everyone raved about the tart’s rich and creamy texture, the tangy burst of raspberry flavor, and the satisfying crunch of the almond crust.
From that day on, Rory’s raspberry tart became a hit in her community, and she was known as the girl who could create the most delicious and decadent desserts. She continued to experiment with new recipes, always adding her signature raspberries to create unique and flavorful dishes that would delight anyone’s taste buds.
Family: The Rodriguez Family Reunion
The Rodriguez family was a large and boisterous clan with members scattered across the country. They didn’t get to see each other often, but when they did, it was always a special occasion filled with laughter, love, and lots of delicious food.
One summer, the Rodriguez family decided to hold a reunion at their grandparents’ farm in the rural countryside. Everyone was excited to see each other, catch up on old times, and share their favorite family recipes.
When the day of the reunion arrived, the farm was bustling with activity. The cousins played tag in the fields, the aunts and uncles gathered around the picnic tables, and the grandparents sat in their rocking chairs, watching the happy chaos unfold.
The smell of hot dogs and grilling burgers wafted through the air, and the sound of laughter and chatter filled the space. But the highlight of the reunion was the family potluck, where everyone brought their favorite dishes to share with each other.
There was Abuela’s arroz con pollo, Tia Rosa’s refried beans, and Cousin Roberto’s spicy salsa. And for dessert, there was Auntie Maria’s rich and creamy flan and Grandma’s homemade rhubarb pie.
As the sun began to set, the family gathered around a crackling bonfire, roasting marshmallows and singing old songs. They reminisced about the past, talked about their hopes and dreams for the future, and shared stories of love and loss.
And at that moment, the Rodriguez family knew that no matter where they went or what they did, they would always be connected by the strong bond of family love.
Adventure: Rosie’s Race Across the Rainforest
Rosie was a daring and adventurous girl who loved to explore new places and discover hidden treasures. She had always dreamed of going on an epic adventure, and one day, she got her chance.
Rosie learned about a mysterious and ancient artifact hidden in the heart of the rainforest, and she knew she had to find it. She packed her backpack with all the necessary supplies and set out on a journey that would take her through dense jungles, treacherous rivers, and towering mountains.
As she traveled deeper into the rainforest, Rosie encountered all sorts of creatures, from colorful parrots to slithering snakes. But she was determined to reach her destination, and nothing could stop her.
One day, she stumbled upon a hidden temple covered in vines and overgrown with lush vegetation. She knew she was getting close to her goal. She followed the clues she had collected, navigating the temple’s twisting corridors and solving its ancient puzzles.
Finally, Rosie reached the heart of the temple, where she found the artifact she had been seeking. It was a gleaming golden statue adorned with precious jewels and intricate carvings.
But as soon as she picked it up, she heard a loud rumbling sound. The temple began to shake, and Rosie knew she had to get out of there fast.
She raced back through the temple’s corridors, dodging falling debris and leaping over gaps in the floor. She emerged from the temple just as it crumbled to the ground behind her.
Rosie may have faced danger and uncertainty on her adventure, but she knew that the thrill of discovery was worth the risk. And as she held the priceless artifact in her hands, she felt a sense of satisfaction and wonder that she knew it would stay with her forever.
Written by: Sittie Ashia Said
Edited and Medically Reviewed by: Dr. Juhairah Magarang-Said