Bumpy vs. Smooth Activity
Description: When we are working with younger children, we may need to just introduce the concepts of bumpy speech and smooth speech. Use a visual like this where you have something bumpy and something smooth. Then, provide tokens or something that the child can move from one side to the other. On this page, I like to put it in a plastic sheet protector and let the child color in the stars with dry erase markers. You can make this a listening activity or a production activity. For listening, have the child identify when you say something with bumpy or smooth speech. If it’s a production activity, you can either have the child practice bumpy and smooth speech when speaking words/sentences, or you can have the child identify when his spontaneous speech was bumpy or smooth. Just keep in mind that if you do some sort of a production activity, you’re moving away from indirect therapy and into direct therapy. That’s perfectly fine to do, you just need to know which type of therapy you’re going for.