The /r/ sound is one of the most difficult sounds in the English language to pronounce. This is in part because of the dynamic muscle movement that is required, especially when considering the six different vowel controlled /r/ sounds. 5 Sets of 5 is for SLPs who want to help their students develop automaticity so that their students learn to develop muscle memory for the /r/ sound so that it becomes easier and easier to say this phoneme without having to think about it. A special focus of this program is helping the student to practice and develop the skills for separating the jaw from the tongue muscle in the very first activity. It is recommended that the SLP use simple tools to help the student develop this at the beginning stages (referring to 1st practice activity). The gist of the tool is to help keep the jaw open while the muscle builds strength in isolation. These tools would be placed between the upper and lower 1st molar/behind the cuspid (not too far backwards of the mouth). They include a tongue blade turned sideways, a cork, a fruit loop or cereal of similar size, a sucker or lollipop, etc. Of course, learning to not move the lips is equally important! The way it is to be used is to be reviewed and practiced in therapy first and sent home for homework to be returned by the end of the month. Then, you are free to do any an all additional activities during your therapy sessions to continue to develop the skills necessary for /r/, but the critical work is able to be done at home in less than one minute a day! If they are doing it, you will DEFINITELY see a difference!