'R' Made Simple




One program that addresses all 'R' sounds in all contexts!

The 'R' Made Simple program is an entirely different approach to ‘R’ remediation. This is a great motor planning program that categorizes speech sounds into three categories - UPs, DOWNs, or SLIDEs - based on the placement of the articulators prior to production of the 'R' sound. A mnemonic color-coding system aids students in learning the correct tongue placement for each category. Methodology generalizes to any word in any context and overcomes barriers related to pronunciation, spelling, and dialect to become automatic over time.

The 'R' Made Simple 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 beginning 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 >

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. Each category prompts proper tongue placement, and 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.

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)
  • Downloadable materials (as well as a CD) with manual & reproducible worksheets (more information listed below)
  • All contained in a sturdy box: 5.25" x 7.25"
  • Plus! A 30-minute training video to assist you in implementing the program.

'R' Made Simple Instructional 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 Reproducible Downloadable Materials / CD contains:

  • 11 'R' Focused Poems
  • 4 Pre / Post Test Sheets
  • 49 Drill Practice Worksheets
  • Personalized Therapy and Organizational Ideas
  • Homework Activities
  • Program Instructions
  • Data Collection

Click here for sample cards and CD pages >

R Made Simple Alphabet Reference

Target Audience

Ideal for SLPs working with 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 an ‘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 a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Nancy Geruntino is the 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 serve the middle school population and I have had more students dismissed over the past two years since switching over to R Made Simple! They tell me they can "feel" the difference between various /r/ sounds and where it's being produced in their mouth." Amy E., SLP (Mar. 2019)

"I love this! The R Made Simple is great for some students that have a difficult time with auditory feedback when they can’t quite discriminate sounds." Debbie F., SLP (Feb. 2019)

"I went to one of Nancy Geruntino's conferences last year and I bought the program after. I have been using it with my kids this year and am seeing much more progress than last year. I am very happy with the program so far. I would definitely recommend it!" Mary C., SLP (Nov. 2018)

"My student/patients who have struggled the most with /r/ have seen great success with this program. I’ve become a believer!"Carin B.H., SLP (Sept. 2018)

"I LOVE this program. It is SO fast and promotes coarticulation! It works best with bunched R instead of retroflexed.. but so far I’ve been able to use it with both."Amanda R., SLP (Sept. 2018)

"I like the R Made Simple program...worked great with articulation only students. Both of the two I used it with were highly motivated, in 3rd grade, and at grade level or above academically. Dismissed one in less than one year and the other will be dismissed this fall which is just over a year. He is ready to go now too. I think it would work great for middle/high school. It is a very different approach to working on R & teaches how to plan and coordinate to make the movements for R. Once the student gets it progress goes fast. It really helped with vocalic R's."Darci M., SLP (June 2018)

"I have had great luck with R made simple with older students."Nikki R., SLP (June 2018)

"The elicitation technique and the initial steps of the 'R' Made Simple program have worked great for all of my R kids."Kathryn M., SLP (May 2018)

"R Made Simple has worked very well with the students I have tried it with."Marky P., SLP (Dec. 2017)

"The results of 'R' Made Simple are amazing!!! Our kids are making faster progress than with the therapy we previously used." Lisa D.O., SLP (Oct. 2017)

"I have been using 'R' Made Simple for one particular 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 (Sept. 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 (May 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 (Apr. 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." – SLP (Feb. 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." – SLP (Feb. 2016)

"This program has made marked progress with several children. It's much more effective than 32 different targeted variations of /r/." – SLP (Feb. 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." – SLP (Feb. 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." – SLP (Feb. 2016)

"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!" – SLP (Sept. 2015)

"Very creative and relevant to my job." – SLP (Aug. 2015)

"I like the sound analysis grouped into three categories for effective co-articulation and color coding." – SLP (Aug. 2015)

"I can start using this method/program on Monday with easy to follow instructions." – SLP (Aug. 2015)

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