Teaching ERL in Isolation & Syllables

In this lesson, you will be learning how to teach your child ‘ERL’ in isolation, or all by itself.

‘ERL’ can be hard for some children to produce.  It might sound like some version of ‘ULL’ or ‘EWEL’.  For instance, ‘girl’ might sound like ‘gull, or ‘gewel’.   As with all vocalic ‘R’ errors, the way to fix this involves proper tongue placement, holding the jaw still, and tightening up the muscles of the tongue.  

 

 

The ‘ERL’ sound is basically ‘ER’ plus ‘L’.  So make sure your child has learned how to produce ‘ER’ first, before working on ‘ERL’.   The steps for making the ‘ER’ part of ‘ERL’ (ER-L) are the same as in the previous ‘ER’ lesson, so I’ll let you review that video and I’ll concentrate here on the techniques that are unique to producing ‘ERL’. 

Basically, explain to the child that ‘ERL’ is just ‘ER’ plus ‘L’.   It can help to separate the ‘ER’ and the final consonant ‘L’ at first, and then have her gradually say them closer together until she gets it:  ER—L, ER—L, ERL.

When your child can produce ‘ERL’ in isolation with 80% accuracy, you can start on syllables or short nonsense words, like ‘SERL, DERL, BERL, FERL, and GERL’.  For example, for ‘S’, instruct your child to start with ‘S’ and then move the tongue back for ‘ER’, and forward again for the final ‘L’.

Review the steps for practicing syllables in the ‘ER’ lesson and apply them here as well.

Review the steps for practicing syllables in the ‘ER’ lesson and apply them here as well.

When your child can produce ‘OUR’ syllables correctly 80% of the time, you can move on to Initial ‘OUR’ in words.  From there, continue to work your way through all the ‘OUR’ levels, as outlined in the How to Teach Your Child Speech course. 

You’ve got this!