Have you ever noticed that /R/ is one of the most difficult sounds for a child to produce. That's because a very challenging set of mouth movements is required when articulating that particular sound. The tongue needs to curl up and back in the mouth, while the voice box remains turned "on" to produce noise. The lips also should never touch, but remain fully puckered while articulating "R". A child can sometimes achieve one or two of the requirements such as successfully retracting the tongue back in the mouth or turning the voicebox motor "on", but may often lack the strength or may simply forget to pucker the lips. This often creates an Elmer Fudd like speech effect known as "liquid gliding" when the "R" sounds like a "W". In my professional experiences a child usually needs "at least 2 years" in a speech therapy program before the /R/ sound can be remediated and progress starts to carry over within spontaneous conversations. Also, there are several sound levels a child needs to master, including articulating the /R/ sound in isolation, syllables, words, multi-syllable words, phrases, sentences, multi-sentence level, and conversation. It's also important to focus on the different positions of a word (initial, final, and medial sound positions should be practiced for each target sound). So always remember to be patient when it comes to "R" sound remediation, for this program is a lot more comprehensive than first meets the eye. That's why I like to call it the "Roll With It" sound for not only does the tongue roll back, but each child also needs time and patience to be able to feel relaxed when rolling with the "R" sound strategies and practice! The moral of Aesop's fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare” is that consistent, dedicated effort will eventually lead to success. The same message rings true when it comes to practicing the "R" sound. Being slow and steady with one's dedicated articulation practice will ultimately win the speech race!