Nancy Barcal and Mike Molina had a rewarding and heartwarming day on April 20! They provided information about stuttering and cluttering on behalf of the National Stuttering Association, Sacramento-Roseville chapter, to more than 600 people at the Access to Care Fair at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. A Touch of Understanding (ATOU), a Granite Bay nonprofit, hosted this event — the eighth annual — to provide the community with information, resources and services for people with special needs. Through its Youth Force, ATOU has presented active disability awareness programs to more than 57,000 Northern California students in the past 17 years.
Both stuttering and cluttering affect a person’s speech fluency. There are many variations of stuttering, including speech interruptions. A person who clutters usually presents rapid, irregular speech often accompanied by inappropriate pausing and inflection. More than 3 million Americans — 20,000 in the Sacramento area — have a stuttering disorder. You can find helpful positive information about stuttering, cluttering and other speech issues at this website, the local Stuttering Association chapter’s website, www.sactovalleyspeech.org, or by calling Granite Bay Speech at 916-797-3307.
The photos, from A Touch of Understanding, show highlights of this great event. The photo at right shows our booth with Nancy Barcal helping visitors. The spin wheel — the round sign with its back to the camera — was made by a youth member of the National Stuttering Association and was a big hit. Attendees spun the wheel to answer questions about stuttering, and everyone received a prize. The colorful painting, above, was a children’s art therapy project.