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Q: My client has an initial position /r/. But I’m having a difficult time getting it in final position. How can I get this final /r/?
Use his initial /r/ to teach the final /r/. I do it like this:
- Select a word that starts with /r/ that he can say well, like “rock”. And select a word that ends in /r/ that he cannot say, like “car.”
- Have the client say them in sequence: “Car-Rock.”
- The trick is to have the client DELETE his incorrect final /r/ in “car.” He will say “Ca…Rock.” Now he has the sequence. Have him say this sequence slowly and carefully, listening to the sequence.
- Now teach him to blend the vowel of “c…” with the /r/ of “rock.” Prolong the vowel in “ca…,” and teach him to slide from the vowel to the /r/ in “rock.” Teach him to make the sequence seamless: “Caaaaaarock.”
- Then drop the “ock” from “rock,” and the client will say “car.”