My 1st grader still can't say his R sound. Is it time for speech therapy? YES!!! Did you know there are 21 different types of R sounds in English (Er, Ar, Ear, Ire…)? That is a lot of R’s for a child to master!
The average age of mastery of the R sound is between ages 3 and 6 (source). If your child is still struggling to consistently use a correct R sound by the end of Kindergarten, it is time to get to work. Delaying therapy can sometimes lead to greater difficulty correcting the sound, as children form a hard to break, habitually incorrect motor pattern. Speech-Language Pathologists are especially skilled in treating this pesky sound, and intensive one-on-one therapy is the most effective and efficient way to help your child move ahead in their speech skills.
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