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Coarticulation for the R Sound

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Get ready for success with the R Sound! This set of worksheets targets final vocalic AR and initial prevocalic R, and you’re going to love it!

What is coarticulation?

Coarticulation is the idea that the sounds you produce are impacted by the other sounds around it. By carefully selecting your target words, you can use this to your advantage when teaching students to say the R Sound. 

Who should use these worksheets? 

If a student is able to say initial prevocalic R but struggles with final AR words (car, bar, star, etc.) these worksheets are for you! Similarly, if your student can say final AR words, but has difficulty with initial R words, these worksheets would also be a great fit. 

What is included in this set of worksheets? 

  • Syllable level practice sheets (2 pages)
  • Word level practice sheets, pairing two words together (4 pages with picture support, 9 pages without pictures) 
  • Fill in your own words/drawings template (1 page)
  • Coarticulation web graphic (1 page) 
  • Sentence level practice sheet (1 page) 
  • Directions sheet and paper car to cut out and use if desired (1 page) 

Please note that most of this packet uses the word “CAR” followed by initial R words to practice. Why? Because this word facilitates lifting the back of the tongue for production of the R sound. This makes this worksheet set ideal for use with a small toy car, and I recommend including one in your therapy session. This is a digital download (pdf worksheets) so a toy car is not included but a paper car you can cut out and use is included. 

If you are interested in a comprehensive, step-by-step workbook for teaching the R sound, you will also love my book titled I Can Say the R Sound. It pairs well with this coarticulation packet. 

If you have any questions, please email me prior to purchasing at

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Based on 10 reviews
Miranda H.
You HAVE to get it!

I’ve got several /r/ kids and when I say I’ve tried it all, I mean- I’ve tried it all. I’ve tried popular programs and packets and NOTHING was consistently working the individual kids. I initially downloaded a sample and I was hooked. Now, I’m not saying it works for every kid- a couple of the programs are helping some of my kids. This product is helping the ones who I’ve tried the other programs/packets with and just couldn’t get a good /r/. We tried the sample and those kids have started to find their /r/ and it’s made a HUGE difference.


Coarticulation for the R Sound

Heather H.

Awesome! And super helpful!

Brooke S.

Coarticulation for the R Sound

Lauren B.
Excellent resource for final vocalic /r/

Thank you for this resource! And for making it a freebie! I use this constantly with my students who are working on final vocalic /r/ sounds. I also enjoy your articulation videos and they have been a life saver since we are providing more virtual services due to COVID. Thank you, thank you Meredith!

Bess P.

Coarticulation for the R Sound