Many of us in the hearing loss community have experienced speech-language therapy. I myself had to take speech classes in elementary school. I always struggled with the r sound because it ended up sounding like l instead. I remember my speech therapist would have me pronounce the sound and drawing it out, like rrrrr. Even today, when I spell out my name on the phone, I have to say “R as in rabbit” so the other person doesn’t confuse it with L. As an extra challenge, my pronunciation of rabbit sounds like Elmer Fudd’s “wabbit”! I’ve had that problem for as long as I can remember.
Have you ever had speech-language therapy of any sort? What were the challenges you faced, and how did you deal with them? Are there certain words and sounds you struggle with? Share your experiences and tips at this week’s Open Chat Night.
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