'R' Made Simple & Articulation Theatre Books





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'R' Made Simple 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.

As you continue working on articulation, incorporate the Articulation Theatre Books for an easy and creative way to target multiple sounds simultaneously in a group setting and with success! Features playfully illustrated, no-preparation play scripts targeting R, S, L, Sh, Ch, Th.

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What's Included

'R' Made Simple

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 >

Articulation Theatre Books:

  • Set of 6 Articulation Theatre Books
  • Each book focuses on a specific sound (R, S, L, Sh, Ch, Th)
  • Each book contains:
    • Playfully illustrated speech scripts targeting a different sound
    • 10 matching plays
    • 133 pages
    • 6" x 9"
    • Softcover
    • © 2015

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Target Audience

'R' Made Simple:

Children ages 7 - 18 years old.

Articulation Theatre Books:

  • Children ages 8 - 15 years old.
  • Ideal for group therapy — great for schools and private practice.
  • Appropriate for mild cognitive impairment.


Claudia Doan, MS, CCC-SLP, has worked in the field of Speech-Language Pathology since 2008 after receiving Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degrees in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of the blog Creative Speech Lab and has several years of experience working for school systems and in pediatric clinic settings. Claudia is the recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Mentoring Pair Award for original research in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and is a Sertoma International Scholar in Communication Disorders. She is the author of Articulation Theatre Books and Language Theatre Books published by Northern Speech Services.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Claudia Doan is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Claudia Doan is the author of Articulation Theatre Books and Language Theatre Books published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Claudia Doan has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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

'R' Made Simple

"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." Read full review – Shannon from Speechy Musings

"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)

"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)

"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! 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)

"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 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)

Articulation Theatre Books

"I love Articulation Theatre." Shannon K.S., SLP (Sept. 2019)

"I use the Articulation Theatre books all the time!!!" Lindsay J., SLP (Sept. 2019)

"I love the Articulation Theatre set." Tammy M., SLP (Sept. 2019)

"I just got Articulation Theatre. It's really great. The kids seemed to like it!!!"  Randi W., SLP (Feb. 2019)

"I got Articulation Theatre this year. I like it for my older kids who are ready to generalize sounds into reading context. Then we can talk about the stories using the vocabulary with their target sounds." – Elisa S., SLP (Feb. 2019)

"I love these! I use the Artic Theatre books to make inferences. I cover the passage and have them read the words and make a smart guess to figure out what they think the passage would be about. And use for artic- more like a warm-up. I think you need to have discussions after reading each passage and have students monitor their speech sounds while discussing. They can be modified for how you want to use them. But better for carry over." – Debbie F., SLP (Feb. 2019)

"These books are amazing! So fun!"  Jessica C., SLP (Mar. 2018)

"My students have really enjoyed the Articulation Theatre Books in therapy this year! They particularly love the I'm Sorry and Insults sections...we always end with compliments and fan mail! Thank you for bringing new life to my speech sessions -especially for my older students and those nearing dismissal who are at the sentence and reading levels!" – Jenn B., SLP (Nov. 2017)

"My students LOVE Articulation Theatre Books!"  K. Schafnitt, SLP  (Dec. 2015)

"My students made measurable progress due to their increased motivation to practice scenes. Their frustration decreased and liveliness increased as they acted out these entertaining plays. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I found the books' organization, use of colors to target sounds, ease of use for group therapy and motivating humor to be extremely helpful."  Colleen Cull, MS, CCC-SLP   (Aug. 2015)

"My students became jovial and eager to engage in the lesson. This atmosphere was helpful in therapy to encourage them to self-monitor. They continue to maintain the progress made, which is a testament to the increased motivation they experienced when using this thoughtfully organized, fun and motivating program."  Patricia Amodei, MS, CCC-SLP   (Aug. 2015)

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