'R' Made Simple




"My fourth grade student has gone from 50% unintelligible to 100% intelligible in prevocalic 'r'. I'm amazed!!!" Read more reviews below.

The 'R' Made Simple program is an entirely different approach to ‘R’ remediation. One that will give your students the ability and the confidence to produce any ‘R’ sound in any context. One that can be applied to any word with the ‘R’ sound, including all dialects. One that is unique, yet easy to teach and simple for the students to learn.

The foundation of this program is the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet. It takes the English alphabet and reorganizes it into 3 categories: UP, DOWN, & SLIDE. Categories are based on the position of the tongue prior to the production of the 'R' sound. Students learn to identify the sound heard, look at the alphabet, and then decide if it’s an UP, a DOWN, or a SLIDE.

This approach, combined with sound discrimination training and motor planning instruction, will help to move students to 'R' proficiency at the conversational level while also strengthening language and literacy skills. Designed to help students begin in therapy as well as for students with distortions persisting after expected development. Target ages: 7-18 years. Made in the USA. In-Depth Training Available >

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See how 'R' Made Simple is used in a Therapy Session

  • Integrates into all situations.
  • Complete and comprehensive program.
  • Easy to teach strategies are simple for students to learn.
  • Reduces the number of ‘R’ contexts that need to be taught.
  • Targets articulation, language, and literacy goals simultaneously.
  • Incorporates auditory, visual, and sensory modalities in all learning activities.
  • Students take ownership by setting own goals and working toward achievement.
  • Includes manual explaining this approach plus practice materials and drill sheets for articulation, language, and literacy.


  • Understand 'R' Made Simple Methodology.
  • Identify Up, Down & Slide alphabet.
  • Identify correct tongue placement for each alphabet category.
  • Analyze letters, words, picture cards, poems, and stories to improve speech, language and literacy skills.
  • Correction of the 'R' sound in words, phrases, sentences and conversational speech.

How much time is required?

  • About 15 minutes to complete a lesson.

What's Included

'R' Made Simple Kit:

  • 144 Picture cards
  • 40 Verb cards
  • 29 Individual letter cards (3 are blends)
  • 4 Alpha positioning cards
  • 3 Tongue position cards
  • 1 Lesson indicator card
  • Manual (more information listed below)
  • CD with manual & reproducible worksheets (more information listed below)
  • All contained in a sturdy box: 5.25" x 7.25"

'R' Made Simple Manual:

  • Contains instructions on how to categorize 'R' as Up, Down, or Slide for successful motor planning.
  • Explains how sound discrimination training combined with motor planning can overcome barriers related to spelling, pronunciation and dialect.
  • Discusses how to incorporate language and literacy lessons with 'R' articulation therapy sessions.

'R' Made Simple CD contains:

  • 11 'R' Focused Poems
  • 4 Pretest Sheets
  • 49 Drill Practice Worksheets
  • Personalized Therapy and Organizational Ideas
  • Program Instructions

Click here for sample cards and CD pages >

R Made Simple Alphabet Reference

Target Audience

Children ages 7 - 18 years old.


Nancy L. Geruntino, MA, SLP, has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 30 years providing services in private practice, clinics, and public school settings. For the past 12 years Nancy has been developing and perfecting a new intervention technique for ‘R’ remediation. Years of observing children failing when traditional therapies were used to remediate ‘R’ provided the motivation for Nancy to develop a ‘R’ remediation program that addresses all ‘R’ sounds in all contexts.

Through the creation of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet, this program can help speech-language pathologists teach students and clients how to categorize ‘R’ sounds into one of these categories to improve tongue motor planning and the pronunciation of ‘R’ to overcome barriers related to pronunciation, spelling and dialect. Nancy is the recipient of many school district awards including one for creating a speech improvement program for kindergarten students. She is also the author of 14 children's books. Nancy hopes that wide implementation of her program during the early school years will eliminate 'R' problems in middle school and high school.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is author of the "R Made Simple" program published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Nancy Geruntino has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Customer Reviews

"I have been using 'R' Made Simple for one particulat student consistently for the last two weeks! He's a fourth grade student and has a very atypical 'r' presentation. I service my students on a 6-day cycle, so he varies between 2 to 3 sessions. If you are not familiar with the program, I cannot tell you enough about it! He's gone from 50% unintelligible to 100% intelligible in prevocalic 'r'. I've been working with him for two years! I'm in awe of his progress! Overall, the program separates the 'r' sounds into three positions: up, down, and slide. The sounds are paired with phonemes that cause the tongue to move into these three positions. I'm able to cue him when he's talking about the words and sounds he hears! He's also learning to self-correct! I'm amazed!!!" - Sarah M., SLP, 9/28/2017

"Love the program! This particular student went from 34% accuracy on the pretest last spring to 84% on the post test last week. Even he said 'wow!' and you know how hard it is to impress 6th graders!" – Laura T., SLP, 5/10/2017

"HUGE 'Thank You' because this program has been working wonders! My clients are making such great progress and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for them!" – Sholeh S., MA, CCC-SLP, 4/9/2017

"I have several students for whom 'R' Made Simple was just what they needed. These students had been in therapy for 1-2 years and were making progress. They just couldn't get the finishing touch. I have also noticed that the concept of focusing on just the sounds that are heard and not the spelling has made a big difference in student's ability to maintain correct /r/ in more complex words." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 2/22/2016

"I have only utilized the 'R' Made Simple program for 4 months and it works with the most stubborn vowelized /r/. During therapy, the students critically think about the motor plan and hearing themselves articulate correctly. Students that became proficient with the motor plan used the picture cards to create stories and shared them with one another. Each student graded each other based on correct vs. incorrect production as pseudo-therapists. I have already dismissed 2 students as a direct result of using this program. Thank you." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 2/12/2016

"This program has made marked progress with several children. It's much more effective then 32 different targeted variations of /r/." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 2/11/2016

"I used the program with two clients, a 10 year old and a 24 year old and it was the missing link to their treatment. Both, who came to me with severe /r/ issues, no longer have any /r/ issues." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 2/11/2016

"I've seen success with all of my students with the "tongue push"...right out of the gate! I am still working the program in it's entirety and I love it." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 2/11/2016

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"I've already had success using 'R' Made Simple! This particular 10-year old was not achieving success with other programs. With 'R' Made Simple, he quickly understood the rules and started applying them to his productions. What a significant change in a brief amount of time. Awesome!" – Speech-Language Pathologist, 9/1/2015

"Very creative and relevant to my job." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 8/28/2015

"I like the sound analysis grouped into three categories for effective co-articulation and color coding." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 8/28/2015

"I can start using this method/program on Monday with easy to follow instructions." – Speech-Language Pathologist, 8/15/2015

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