Sonoma County Office of Education


Springing Into a Speechtacular Event with Nancy Geruntino, M.S. CCC-SLP 'R' Made Simple

Learn an entirely different approach to R remediation. One that will give your students the ability and the confidence to produce any R sound in any context. One that can be applied to any word with the R sound, including all dialects, plus has application to language and literacy skills. One that can even eliminate the need for multiple R programs.

This seminar introduces the concept of the Up, Down, & Slide Alphabet. This method is unique, yet easy to teach and simple for the students to learn. Participants will learn to teach students to position the tongue to produce R depending on the letter and sound that precedes the R (UPs, DOWNs or SLIDEs). This approach, combined with sound discrimination training and motor planning instruction, will help students master R pronunciation at the conversation level, and address barriers related to spelling, pronunciation and dialect.

The components necessary to implement this program will be discussed, including how to establish student ownership of learning. Throughout the seminar, participants will view videos of students receiving instruction and practicing these techniques with success. Opportunities are included for drill practice and hands-on experience using the Up, Down & Slide techniques. In addition, participants will learn how to incorporate these methods into language and literacy goals. It is the presenters hope that wide implementation of these techniques during the early school years will eliminate R problems in middle school and high school. Focus is students ages 7 18.

Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on the Up, Down & Slide program for R remediation. Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage during this lecture.

Course Learning Objectives:

1. Identify correct tongue placement for each category and exercises to build muscle strength for the mastery of the 'R sound.
2. State the Up, Down, & Slide alphabet.
3. Categorize which letters and sounds belong in each category of the Up, Down, & Slide protocol.
4. Analyze letters, words, picture cards, poems and stories using the Up, Down, & Slide method.
5. Apply the Up, Down, & Slide methods to increase vocabulary and language skills.
6. Apply the Up, Down, & Slide methods to strengthen literacy skills.

(6.5 Professional Development Hours available)

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The fee for this class is non refundable.

When Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location 5860 Labath Avenue, Rohnert Park
Presenter Nancy Geruntino, M.S. CCC-SLP
Cost $120.00
Audience Speech-Language Pathologists & Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
Registration closes 03/26/2019
Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, (707) 524-2752,
Questions Andrea Wells, 2097704156,

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