Back To School- Tips For School Success

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Going back to school after a long summer break can be stressful for everyone! Granite Bay Speech is here to help you say “GOODBYE” to those lazy summer days, and “HELLO” to juggling homework, music lessons, sports, and social lives. Create a smooth transition to school with our tips and resources. This is part 2 of our BACK TO SCHOOL blog series. If you missed part 1, read it on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/GraniteBaySpeech) or on our website (http://www.granitebayspeech.com)!

Establish a consistent location at home for backpacks and homework.

Make sure backpacks are filled with essentials and leave it in an obvious place the night before school. Develop a routine for after school activities and homework. Create written checklists to avoid miscommunication. Post daily or weekly schedules using a different color for each child. Use write on wipe off boards for items that change frequently. Hang small white boards to door handles or use Velcro to post at eye level to create a “can’t miss it” reminder.

Agree on a homework schedule.

Establish a set time frame for children to do their homework. Use a timer to set expectations.  Allow your child to sit in a chair, beanbag, or on their bed, as long as they are able to work successfully! Children are individuals and need individual accommodations. Our oldest daughter worked best sitting in her bean bag while listening to music. Our second daughter sat at a desk and preferred her room to be completely quiet and free of distractions; she often used earplugs to help her concentrate. Children need to learn how they learn best and by providing choices we encouraged them to respect their individual needs. Children also need physical breaks to release energy and get the blood flowing! Set a timer and encourage your child to stretch, run or do a crazy dance every 10-20 minutes to maintain maximum attention. Use more frequent breaks if your child is tired. Adjust the time based on age and personality.

Eat protein rather than carbs/sugar.

Avoid the sugar rush and help your child pay attention all morning by providing protein for breakfast. Add proteins to your child’s lunches and snacks; protein provides consistent energy versus carbohydrate and sugar snacks. Here are a few of our favorite snack ideas: Trail mix, slices of turkey and cheese rolled up, beef jerky or carrots with hummus.

Support learning and reduce stress with visual aids and free help from Granite Bay Speech

Use reference cards or reminders to follow the step by step process for completing a task, (“first do __then do__”).  Use Diagrams, Tables and Checklists to break complex tasks into less stressful activities.

Do you need a few tips or want to chat about developmental concerns? Do you need help obtaining therapy services from your school or medical health plan? Call us. We offer free phone consultations for your educational and medical concerns. Individual and group therapy is available at convenient hours.

Visit our wonderful website www.granitebayspeech.com to access tons of free handouts and visual supports! We have spent hundreds of hours designing our website with you in mind! Why spend time going from site to site when we have it all organized for you?

Have a wonderful school year and know we are always just a phone call away to chat with you!

American Family Day, August 6th 2017

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The first Sunday in August was established in 1977 as American Family Day. This day was created as a day for encouraging families to spend time with one another.  We have compiled a list of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy together!

Enjoy some free activities outdoors with a backyard BBQ and campout, find a shady tree and have a picnic in the park, or adventure around Folsom Lake by bike or boat.

Hoping to beat the heat? Try some fun indoor activities! Cook a meal together as a family, go bowling, watch a movie, try ice skating, laser tag, or Sky High!

Below is a list of other activities going on in Roseville for the month of August

August 10– Food Truck Mania 5-9pm

August 18– Friday Flicks (Star Wars – Rogue One) 8pm

August 19– Food Truck Cinema (Toy Story) 9:30pm

August 22– Sensory Storytime 11-11:30am

More details can be found at: http://www.roseville.ca.us/events/

Post on social media using #AmericanFamilyDay to encourage others to join in the fun! Tag us @GraniteBaySpeech to let us know what you are up to!

Making The Transition Back To School

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The stores are all ready for back to school… are you? As the start of school draws near, and back to school commercials frequent your television, it’s time to develop your new back to school game plan. Lazy summer days are gone, and juggling homework, music lessons, sports, and social lives are back. At Granite Bay Speech, we want to help you make the transition back to school and provide you with some tips on how to ensure the start of a great school year.

Add contact information for the school office and teachers to your smart phone and computer.

Before the first day of school check your school’s website or call the office for any important information. Obtain back-to-school checklists, important phone numbers, and e-mails such as the principal’s office number, the nurse’s office, and their teacher.

Establish school bedtime and morning routines one week before school starts.

Start a consistent routine of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day a week before schools starts. Sleep is essential for learning and you don’t want your children snoozing at their desk!

Calm the nerves.

If your child is nervous about starting a new school year, remind them that the other students are nervous too. Remind them about their favorite school subjects or activities; friends, lunch and recess always seem to be at the top of most students’ lists! If your child is starting a new school, try to attend all orientations available. If you are new to the area, walk around the school campus to help your child become familiar with the location of the bathrooms, the office and their classroom. If your child is nervous, volunteer to help his or her teacher decorate the room before the first day of school. Your teacher will appreciate it! In addition, Back to School nights are a great way for you to learn more about how you can support your child at home.

Another great way to calm the nerves and help your child prepare to go back to school is to read some books. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • It’s Time for School, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before 1st Grade by Natasha Wing
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
  • Berenstain Bears Go to School by Jan Berenstain

 

Be on the lookout for our next blog which shares more tips and tricks for establishing helpful habits for back to school success!

FLUENCYCOACH™ IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID!

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OBTAIN FREE STUTTERING HELP!

FLUENCYCOACH™ IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID!

 

 

FluencyCoach™ is a free app created to help improve fluency for individuals who stutter or clutter using delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency altered feedback (FAF). FluencyCoach™ was originally accessible using only Apple products; however, after years of testing and software development a new design has been released allowing Android and Apple users to experience the potential benefits of FluencyCoach™ on stuttering.

 

Learn more about how to improve fluency using therapy techniques and apps, by calling Granite Bay Speech. Schedule a free phone consultation with our director and owner, Nancy Barcal. Nancy is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and longtime volunteer for the National Stuttering Association (NSA). For over 35 years, Nancy has helped thousands of individuals achieve better fluency. Nancy will provide you with options to achieve better fluency using proven research based techniques and technology. Stuttering can be improved at any age. Call today and don’t miss this opportunity to reduce frustration and improve your fluency.

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Contact Granite Bay Speech Today!

Phone: (916) 797-3307

Email: info@granitebayspeech.com

Website: www.granitebayspeech.com

2530 Douglas Blvd. Suite 110

Roseville, CA 95661

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

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