Groups and Camps for Children and Teens Who Stutter

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Groups and Camps for

Children and Teens Who Stutter

 

At Granite Bay Speech, we are dedicated to helping individuals become confident communicators. We offer groups and camps for children and teens, ages 8-18, who stutter or clutter. Members choose activities based on their interests.  Activities may include: making movies, PowerPoints and educating others about stuttering, sharing fun social activities or creating art projects. Practice speeches, presentations, and interviewing techniques.  Individuals become confident communicators, regardless of their level of fluency. Group members learn from one another and often form lifelong friendships.

If you are interested in joining one of our groups or camps, please contact us today!

2530 Douglas Blvd., Suite 110  Roseville, CA 95661   
(916) 797-3307
info@granitebayspeech.com 

www.granitebayspeech.com 

“When I Stutter” is an official selection for the Cleveland International Film Festival!

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From the depths of hopelessness to heights of redemption, these stories will change how you view stuttering. “When I Stutter…” is a movie which depicts a wide variety of people who stutter. The audience has the opportunity to see and hear individuals as they share their stories about how stuttering has impacted their lives. From avoiding their name and living in silence, to speaking with confidence. We believe that more awareness can and will make a positive difference in the lives of those that stutter and the community. We appreciate the time and effort John Gomez devoted to create this incredible movie; knowledge is power. Sharing the truth about stuttering dispels myths and bullying and fosters compassion and understanding! Help Granite Bay Speech promote this amazing movie! Keep checking our website http://www.granitebayspeech.com to read updates about a movie screening of “If I Stutter…” in Roseville, CA during the summer of 2017!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2029967010/when-i-stutter/posts/1822126

Tips to effectively communicate with people who stutter (PWS):

  1. Do not make remarks like: “Slow down,” “Take a breath,” or “Relax.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning.
  2. Listen attentively and respond to what he or she says — not how they say it. Telephone conversations may be especially difficult for PWS.
  3. Use natural eye contact, wait patiently until the person is finished talking.
  4. Do not finish sentences or fill in words for the person who stutters.
  5. Speak calmly using pauses and an upbeat, pleasant tone of voice. Smile.

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Let’s Talk Fluency!

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Let’s Talk Fluency promotion: $500 Discount on SpeechEasy Comfort Fit model
The Let’s Talk Fluency offer begins March 3, 2017. During this promotion, SpeechEasy Comfort Fit models will be reduced in price by $500. Comfort Fit is the model preferred by over 80% of our SpeechEasy clients. SpeechEasy’s 0% financing option is also available during this special offer period.

This offer ends June 30, 2017. Let’s talk about YOUR fluency now. No coupon or special form is necessary in order to qualify for the savings.

 

Let’s Talk Fluency evaluation rebate offer $150
In addition to the product discount during the Let’s Talk Fluency promotion SpeechEasy is offering a $150 evaluation rebate during this promotional period. The rebate is valid for evaluations by Nancy Barcal at Granite Bay Speech between the dates of Feb. 16th, 2017 and June 30, 2017 only. To receive your rebate, simply request an appointment or information packet through the SpeechEasy website and the rebate form will be mailed or emailed to you.

Below is what you NEED to know:

  1. The promotion will be good for Comfort Fit purchases made between March 3, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
  2. During this time, the price of a Comfort Fit device is $4000, a $500 savings
  3. Clients can take advantage of the 0% Interest payment plans
  4. The offer cannot be combined with any other discount
  5. The evaluation rebate is $150 for any new SpeechEasy evaluation

 

That’s it! We hope this offer allows more clients’ access to SpeechEasy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 916-797-3307 or www.granitebayspeech.com and we’ll be happy to help!

 

Let’s Talk Fluency at Granite Bay Speech!

Promote language skills in toddlers using fun Bluebee Pals!

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What is cute, educational, and a great model for your child? A Bluebee Pal! Bluebee Pals are an easy to use Bluetooth stuffed animal that connects to your devices. At Granite Bay Speech, we understand that every child has a preferred mode of learning. Some children prefer learning visually, verbally, or physically. When our therapists use a Bluebee Pal, your child will be stimulated visually, verbally and physically. Visually, and verbally your child will watch and hear multiple models of their targeted goal through the therapist and the Bluebee Pal. Our Bluebee Pal is soft and durable, perfect for your ‘hands on’ learner! Your child is encouraged to be hands on with this therapy tool. Studies have shown that children have a higher success rate for imitation when given multiple models. We connect our Bluebee Pal to cutting-edge speech-language therapy applications providing an attention-grabbing model in conjunction with therapist models. At Granite Bay Speech, we promote communication skills using the most effective therapy techniques and technology! Call us to learn more about all the exciting methods and tools available for you to use with your child!

 

Stuttering And Blood Flow

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Brand new research was just published by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles involving people who stutter. This study was led by Bradley Peterson, MD, whom says they found “a critical mass of evidence” of a common underlying lifelong vulnerability in both children and adults who stutter. The Broca’s area, located in the frontal lobe of the brain, plays a key role in expressive speech. Researchers say that “Blood flow was inversely correlated to the degree of stuttering — the more severe the stuttering, the less blood flow to this part of the brain.” Read the full story here https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170103162356.htm

If you stutter, or know someone who stutters, Granite Bay Speech would love to provide you with information. Nancy Barcal, SLP and owner of Granite Bay Speech, has been awarded chapter leader of the year and has been volunteering regularly for the nonprofit National Stuttering Association (NSA) since 1983.

Stuttering is a speech disorder that is primarily neurological and physiological in nature. It’s not an emotional or psychological problem, and is not simply caused by nervousness. People who stutter make up about one percent of the population. About 1 in 30 children stutter at some point, and at least one-quarter of them do not outgrow it. Expert speech therapy, beginning as early as age 3 or 4, can give children who stutter a head start on recovery and may head off chronic stuttering.

There’s no cure for stuttering, but speech therapy by specialized speech-language pathologists has helped many people who stutter. Chronic stuttering in adults can be successfully controlled by long-term practice and stuttering management techniques.

Stuttering support groups complement speech therapy by building healthy attitudes toward speaking and stuttering. Surveys show that support group participation helps reduce the negative effects of stuttering and enhances the success of speech therapy.

At Granite Bay Speech, we provide you with individualized programs catered to your specific needs. We have resources for families, children and adults. Nancy Barcal has over 30 years of experience working with stuttering and cluttering. She has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her high level of expertise. She provides you with techniques and technology based on cutting edge research.

Tips to effectively communicate with people who stutter (PWS):

  1. Do not make remarks like: “Slow down,” “Take a breath,” or “Relax.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning.
  2. Listen attentively and respond to what he or she says — not how they say it. Telephone conversations may be especially difficult for PWS.
  3. Use natural eye contact, wait patiently until the person is finished talking.
  4. Do not finish sentences or fill in words for the person who stutters.
  5. Speak calmly using pauses and an upbeat, pleasant tone of voice. Smile.

For more information, visit our website at www.granitebayspeech.com

Superhero Social Skills

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At Granite Bay Speech, we are offering group classes to improve social language skills. This class will include two 60 minute Superhero themed sessions. Skills are taught utilizing the latest research based techniques.

Social Skills Groups           Ages 6-15

In the following social skills groups, students are taught how to interact appropriately with peers and through Superhero themed games and roleplaying.

For a limited time, we are offering these classes at $40 per session! Sign up today for this great deal!

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Justice League! Ages 6 to 9

Goals for this group may include: social rules, conversation starters, facial expressions, turn-taking, understanding feelings, body language, personal space, manners, non-verbal skills, understanding expressions, humor and sarcasm.

 

Avengers! Ages 10 to 15

Goals for this group may include: conversation starters, friendship building, body language, facial expressions, repairing communication breakdowns, manners, humor and sarcasm, social rules, and personal space.

 

Call us at 916-797-3307 or visit us online at www.granitebayspeech.com

SpeechEasy Season of Giving

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Season of Giving Offer- Limited Time! Get $750 off the two most popular SpeechEasy models
November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

To help make the holidays a lot brighter, SpeechEasy has made their two most popular models of SpeechEasy more affordable. During this special time of year get $750 off the SpeechEasy Comfort Fit or CIC models. This is a limited time offer. If the Comfort Fit or CIC isn’t the right option for you, you’ll be glad to know that our most economical models, the ITC and BTE, are discounted $250 during this promotional period as well. Remember, these offers are good for SpeechEasy devices purchased between Nov. 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017.

Get started now because our appointments at Granite Bay Speech fill up quickly during this time of year. Contact us soon!

Season of Giving evaluation rebate offer-Limited Time!
In addition to the product discount during the Season of Giving, SpeechEasy is offering a $250 evaluation rebate during this promotional period. The rebate is valid for evaluations by Granite Bay Speech between the dates of November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017 only. To receive your rebate, simply request an appointment or information packet through www.speecheasy.com and the rebate form will be mailed or emailed to you. This offer ends January 31, 2017. Rebate forms for this amount will be unavailable after that date.

Military Discount

Active duty US Military personnel are eligible for our special military discount.

 

CONTACT US TODAY! Call us at 916-797-3307

SpeechEasyPD Presentations

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Nancy Barcal will be sharing information about the SpeechEasyPD device at the meetings of Parkinsons groups in Roseville and El Dorado Hills this September. She will present tips for communication, demonstrate useful apps, and share information about the science behind the SpeechEasyPD device.

Presentation Dates:

Parkinsons group in Roseville: 9/6 1:30-3pm
-Location: Maidu Community Center- 1550 Maidu Dr., Roseville 95661

Parkinsons group in El Dorado Hills: 9/13 12-2pm
-Location: 3186 Four Seasons Dr., El Dorado Hills 95762

Please spread the news to all that may be interested, this is a useful device that can be very beneficial for those with Parkinsons looking to improve their speech. Hope to see you there!

Parkinson’s and SpeechEasyPD

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SpeechEasyPD and Parkinson’s Speech

The value of being able to communicate with others is paramount in our daily lives. Having the ability to express your wants, needs and thoughts clearly can often be taken for granted. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the ability to communicate effectively may no longer be an option. SpeechEasy can help. Nancy Barcal is a Certified SpeechEasy Preferred Provider and has been working with SpeechEasy for over 10 years.  She enjoys assisting clients with Parkinson’s in taking control of their speech and gaining back more of their freedom to communicate.

Since Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive disease, symptoms will change over time and present differently in everyone. Primary symptoms may include tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity, yet Parkinson’s can also have a profoundly adverse effect on a person’s speech and voice – thereby inhibiting their ability to communicate freely.

When a person’s speech is affected by Parkinson’s they may notice a decrease in their loudness, and decreased intelligibility. Their speech rate may increase and communication may become more difficult. Caregivers and friends may struggle to understand Parkinson’s speech patterns and frustration levels can rise for everyone.  If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s and your speech is affected contact Nancy to see if SpeechEasyPD might alleviate some frustration.

SpeechEasy is offering two discount programs which expire June 30, 2016!
$500 Discount on SpeechEasyPD Comfort Fit model: Let’s Talk Fluency
The Let’s Talk Fluency offer began March 12, 2016. During this promotion, SpeechEasyPD Comfort Fit models are reduced in price $500. Comfort Fit is the model preferred by over 80% of the SpeechEasyPD clients. The 0% financing option is also available during this special offer period. No coupon or special form is necessary in order to qualify for the savings.

$150 SpeechEasyPD evaluation rebate!
Beginning March 1, 2016, SpeechEasyPD has offered a $150 rebate for all SpeechEasyPD evaluations. The rebate is valid for evaluations by all SpeechEasyPD Providers, including Nancy Barcal at Granite Bay Speech. To receive your rebate, simply request an appointment or information packet through www.speecheasy.com/pd and the rebate form will be mailed or emailed to you.

An evaluation normally takes two to three hours. Once you have completed your initial evaluation and paid your SpeechEasyPD Provider for the evaluation, simply send a copy of your receipt along with the completed evaluation rebate form to SpeechEasyPD and they will mail you a rebate check up to $150 off the amount you paid.