'R' Made Simple

#RMS100

$93.00


Description

R Made Simple will give your students the ability and the confidence to produce any 'R' sound in any context.

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Treat ‘R’ without worrying about the production of prevocalic ‘r’, stressed or unstressed vocalic ‘r’, blends, or diphthongs.

Learn an entirely different approach to R remediation!

R Made Simple introduces students to the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet. This method is easy to teach, fun to learn, and most importantly it reduces the number of contexts that need to be taught! It addresses ALL ‘R’ sounds in any word no matter the context! And overcomes barriers related to pronunciation, spelling, and dialect.

Students learn to analyze words for the sound that precedes the R, and identify that sound as an Up sound, a Down sound, or a Slide sound – regardless of spelling. Each sound category has a corresponding tongue position that students learn and use to successfully execute the production of R. Ages 7-18 years. Made in USA.

How It Works:

  1. Students learn the UP, DOWN, & SLIDE Alphabet.
  2. Students are taught the corresponding tongue position for these 3 categories.
  3. Students then identify the sound preceding the ‘R’ as an Up, Down, or Slide, plan the correct movement between the two sounds, and execute the production!

"I love R Made Simple because it is different! So many 'r' approaches out there feel so similar but with different word lists. This one doesn't feel that way! To me, that means this might 'click' with a kiddo who hasn't had success with other programs in the past."

– Shannon, SLP

R Made Simple Therapy AlphabetThe UP, DOWN, & SLIDE Alphabet.

Meet the Author

What’s in the Box?

Everything you need to implement the program!

  • Instructional Manual
    • 8 Articulation Lessons
    • Language Lessons
    • Literacy Lesson
  • 144 Picture Cards
  • 40 Verb Cards
  • 29 Individual Letter Cards (3 are blends)
  • 4 UP, DOWN, SLIDE Alphabet Positioning Cards
  • 1 Lesson Indicator Card

Includes Interactive Reproducibles via Download!

  • Pre/Post Tests
  • Drill Practice Worksheets
  • Data Collection Sheets
  • 'R' Focused Poems
  • Homework Activities
  • Over 120 pages of fillable reproducibles in all!

Plus! Your purchase includes a 30-minute training video to guide implementation.


Target Age Range: 7 - 18 years

Designed to help students beginning therapy as well as for students with distortions persisting after expected development. 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.


"I have been using 'R' Made Simple for one particular student consistently for the last two weeks. Prior to this, I've been working with him for two years! I'm in awe of his progress in only two weeks! He's also learning to self-correct! I'm amazed! If you are not familiar with this program, I cannot tell you enough about it!" – Sarah M, SLP

R Made Simple Program


"I like the set lessons and the clear breakdown for students. The students like feeling successful as many of them have struggled with /r/ for awhile." G.C.

"I can start using this method/program on Monday with the easy to follow instructions." – M.H.

"My students who have struggled the most with /r/ have seen great success with this program. I’ve become a believer!" – C.B.

"The results of 'R' Made Simple are amazing!!! Our kids are making faster progress than with the therapy we previously used." – L.D.

"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!" – S.S.

"I love the breakdown of the up/down/slide sounds. The reproducible worksheets make planning a breeze and help a lot with data tracking. We make things interactive by color-coding the up/down/slide sounds. My students feel success when they identify the right sound, and it really helps them to visualize/feel the correct movement." – A.G.

"I love how efficient working through all of the R variations has become now. It is so much easier teaching right off the start from a UP tongue position. The visuals and cards are a huge hit with my students." – S.C.

"I used this in the public school system and recently bought it for myself now that I have a private practice. This is what I have been teaching for years, but with R Made Simple, everything you need is in one box. And data sheets and stimulus items are available for printing or to use on the computer and save. It really is simple to teach the 'r' sound when you only have to focus on coarticulation. Kids learn quickly if the sound before the /r/ is an up, down, or slide sound and can prep the articulators as needed. Brilliant!." – L.D.

"I like this straightforward program. It is easy to learn. I used this method after feeling frustrated with my first R client. I needed something simple to help me get a fresh start. My clients like the interactive pieces that came in the set and the visuals." – M.L.

"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!" – L.S.

"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." – D.L.

"Love this program! This particular student of mine went from 34% accuracy on the pretest to 84% on the post test last week. Even he said 'wow!' And you know how hard it is to impress 6th graders!" – L.T.

"I really enjoy the worksheets and online materials provided with this product. They have been very helpful for therapy services and at-home practice. Students love setting their own goals and working for a prize. I had my students set a goal out of 20 and if they achieved their goals they could earn monopoly money which they would save towards a prize to take home at the end of the school-year." T.W.

"RMS is a novel approach to teaching /r/ for kids that don't get it easily, as some kids need to approach it from a different angle. My students love the games we play with the different cards." M.S.

"Rarely do I find myself saying, 'I cannot think of a way to improve ...!' but I find myself thinking exactly that with this product!! I like how well it is explained, the thoroughness, the 'flashcards' and the worksheets/homework, and the ease of remembering the 3 'r' types - ups, downs, slides!" A.W.

"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." – A.E.

"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." – A.R.

"I am a myofunctional therapist and talk a lot about the tongue with my patients. I love that they have an understanding of where their tongue is in their mouth when saying the different r sounds. My patients love that they now have a road map on where to place their tongue." A.S.

"I have followed the 'R' Made Simple program. My students analyze words to determine if it is up, down, slide or combo. They use the thumb exercises and practice, practice, practice. They have been successful with this program." T.S.

"I like how this method breaks the sound into different aspects within the oral cavity for ways of producing the /r/. Once my students learned the types of /r/, and became self-aware, they enjoyed marking their /r/ sounds in words and passages." K.W.

"I love R Made Simple because 1) It is different! So many 'r' approaches out there feel so similar but with different word lists. This one doesn't feel that way! To me, that means this might 'click' with a kiddo who hasn't had success with other programs in the past. 2) It's portable! 3) It teaches how to coordinate and plan the movements associated with producing 'r', a difficult skill to teach! 4) It's easy to implement and honestly works really well! All of the kiddos that I tried it with had good success. I should note that they were all kids that were fairly 'burned out' on working on 'r' in the other ways I had tried, and appreciated something different." – Shannon from Speechy Musings

"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." – D.F.

"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!" – M.C.

"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 and 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." – D.M.

"I have had great luck with R Made Simple with older students." – N.R.

"The elicitation technique and the initial steps of the 'R' Made Simple program have worked great for all of my R kids." – K.M.

"R Made Simple has worked very well with the students I have tried it with." – M.P.

"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. Prior to this, I've been working with him for two years! I'm in awe of his progress in only two weeks!! 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! If you are not familiar with the program, I cannot tell you enough about it!" – S.M.

"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."

"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."

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

"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 its entirety and I love it."

"Very creative and relevant to my job."

"I like the sound analysis grouped into three categories for effective co-articulation and color coding."

Related Online Training Course:

Also available is a 3-hour in-depth online training course related to this approach. Offered for 0.3 CEUs.

More details here >

"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

The R Made Simple Program:

  • 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.

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Special Combo Offer! 

Save $46: 'R' Made Simple  Articulation Theatre Books

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What's Included

Everything you need to implement the program!

'R' Made Simple 5.25" x 7.25" Box:

  • Instructional Manual
    • 8 Articulation Lessons
    • Language Lessons
    • Literacy Lesson
  • 144 Picture Cards
  • 40 Verb Cards
  • 29 Individual Letter Cards (3 are blends)
  • 4 UP, DOWN, SLIDE Alphabet Positioning Cards
  • 1 Lesson Indicator Card

'R' Made Simple Reproducible Downloadable Materials:

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

Plus! 30-minute Training Video

Click here for sample cards and reproducible pages >

R Made Simple Alphabet Reference

Target Audience

Ages 7 to 18

For SLPs working on remediation of the R sound with children ages 7 and up.

Author

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 like the set lessons and the clear breakdown for students. The students like feeling successful as many of them have struggled with /r/ for awhile." G.C.

"I can start using this method/program on Monday with the easy to follow instructions." – M.H.

"My students who have struggled the most with /r/ have seen great success with this program. I’ve become a believer!" – C.B.

"The results of 'R' Made Simple are amazing!!! Our kids are making faster progress than with the therapy we previously used." – L.D.

"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!" – S.S.

"I love the breakdown of the up/down/slide sounds. The reproducible worksheets make planning a breeze and help a lot with data tracking. We make things interactive by color-coding the up/down/slide sounds. My students feel success when they identify the right sound, and it really helps them to visualize/feel the correct movement." – A.G.

"I love how efficient working through all of the R variations has become now. It is so much easier teaching right off the start from a UP tongue position. The visuals and cards are a huge hit with my students." – S.C.

"I used this in the public school system and recently bought it for myself now that I have a private practice. This is what I have been teaching for years, but with R Made Simple, everything you need is in one box. And data sheets and stimulus items are available for printing or to use on the computer and save. It really is simple to teach the 'r' sound when you only have to focus on coarticulation. Kids learn quickly if the sound before the /r/ is an up, down, or slide sound and can prep the articulators as needed. Brilliant!." – L.D.

"I like this straightforward program. It is easy to learn. I used this method after feeling frustrated with my first R client. I needed something simple to help me get a fresh start. My clients like the interactive pieces that came in the set and the visuals." – M.L.

"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!" – L.S.

"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." – D.L.

"Love this program! This particular student of mine went from 34% accuracy on the pretest to 84% on the post test last week. Even he said 'wow!' And you know how hard it is to impress 6th graders!" – L.T.

"I really enjoy the worksheets and online materials provided with this product. They have been very helpful for therapy services and at-home practice. Students love setting their own goals and working for a prize. I had my students set a goal out of 20 and if they achieved their goals they could earn monopoly money which they would save towards a prize to take home at the end of the school-year." T.W.

"RMS is a novel approach to teaching /r/ for kids that don't get it easily, as some kids need to approach it from a different angle. My students love the games we play with the different cards." M.S.

"Rarely do I find myself saying, 'I cannot think of a way to improve ...!' but I find myself thinking exactly that with this product!! I like how well it is explained, the thoroughness, the 'flashcards' and the worksheets/homework, and the ease of remembering the 3 'r' types - ups, downs, slides!" A.W.

"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." – A.E.

"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." – A.R.

"I am a myofunctional therapist and talk a lot about the tongue with my patients. I love that they have an understanding of where their tongue is in their mouth when saying the different r sounds. My patients love that they now have a road map on where to place their tongue." A.S.

"I have followed the 'R' Made Simple program. My students analyze words to determine if it is up, down, slide or combo. They use the thumb exercises and practice, practice, practice. They have been successful with this program." T.S.

"I like how this method breaks the sound into different aspects within the oral cavity for ways of producing the /r/. Once my students learned the types of /r/, and became self-aware, they enjoyed marking their /r/ sounds in words and passages." K.W.

"I love R Made Simple because 1) It is different! So many 'r' approaches out there feel so similar but with different word lists. This one doesn't feel that way! To me, that means this might 'click' with a kiddo who hasn't had success with other programs in the past. 2) It's portable! 3) It teaches how to coordinate and plan the movements associated with producing 'r', a difficult skill to teach! 4) It's easy to implement and honestly works really well! All of the kiddos that I tried it with had good success. I should note that they were all kids that were fairly 'burned out' on working on 'r' in the other ways I had tried, and appreciated something different." – Shannon from Speechy Musings

"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." – D.F.

"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!" – M.C.

"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 and 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." – D.M.

"I have had great luck with R Made Simple with older students." – N.R.

"The elicitation technique and the initial steps of the 'R' Made Simple program have worked great for all of my R kids." – K.M.

"R Made Simple has worked very well with the students I have tried it with." – M.P.

"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. Prior to this, I've been working with him for two years! I'm in awe of his progress in only two weeks!! 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! If you are not familiar with the program, I cannot tell you enough about it!" – S.M.

"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."

"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."

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

"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 its entirety and I love it."

"Very creative and relevant to my job."

"I like the sound analysis grouped into three categories for effective co-articulation and color coding."

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