Why are postvocalic R's so hard for our kiddos to produce????? My theory is that it is because they have to concentrate on saying two different sounds everytime they say the word. The first sound is the vowel, that can bring their tongue in the back of their mouths for some, and in the middle and front of their mouths for others. The second sound is the tricky /R/ sound that brings their tongue in another position right after they got done with that vowel sound!
How do you produce a /R/ sound???? Here are the steps!
First, elevate and flatten your tongue and move it back so that the sides of your tongue are touching the inside and bottom part of your upper teeth on each side of your mouth. (Whew, that wasn't easily said, and I know it is not easily done)!
Now, slightly pucker your lips so that the corners of your lips come in just a bit when you produce the sound.
1) Please be patient! The correct production will take a while for your brain and articulators to master.
2) Practice over and over again. Try for more than 300 sounds a day. This is the only way to get better at your sound and to make your brain make the connection on how to make the sound.
3) Please think about how and where you need to place your tongue and lips for each sound.
4) Please do your productions slowly and carefully. Going through them quickly and without thought is like not really practicing them at all.
5) In addition, we like to emphasize that they need to do their sound practice in front of a mirror so that they can always be closely monitoring their own productions. They need to watch their own mouths to make sure that their sound looks like the one that has been modeled for them.