Surviving a Technology-Driven World

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We are using electronic forms of communication more than ever, but do mediums such as texting, emailing and posting on social media truly count as “communicating?” Technology has changed our lives in many ways. While it has helped us accomplish great things, it has also changed how we communicate with others. Experts in the field are concerned about the current communication trend as the overuse of popular technology may lead to diminished speech, language and hearing abilities.

 

Statistics

 

  • 68% of 2 year olds use tablets at home
  • Every 30 mins of daily screen use increased the risk of expressive speech delay in children ages 6 months to 2 years by almost 50%
  • 44% of kids under 6 would rather play a game on a technology device than read a book or be read to
  • 48 minutes is the average amount of time spent on a mobile device per day by children under 8
  • 78% of teens check their devices at least hourly
  • 4 out of 5 smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up

While the statistics are alarming, there are ways we can help combat the issue.

 

Tips For Managing Tech-Time

  • Find at least one or two opportunities during the day to create tech-free times
  • Plan activities to keep children entertained rather than relying on technology
  • While educational apps do teach new skills, remember that children learn best through talking, conversing and reading
  • Social interaction is important so try to make tech use a group activity, such as while playing with family members or an online game with others
  • If young kids need their own tech devices for certain reasons, consider using one with features that provide extra security and limit content
  • Set screen time limits and keep track of the usage yourself or use devices that turn off automatically
  • Be consistent in implementing the rules you set for tech usage
  • Be sure to model the safe tech habits you want your kids to take after
  • Learn signs of communication disorders and ask for help from a Speech Language Pathologist if you notice something that may spark any concerns or questions.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Please contact us at 916-797-3307 or visit our website at www.granitebayspeech.com 

Sources:
Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative
National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
ASHA: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 198,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.

Spring into Fluency with this great deal!

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Spring Into Fluency!

Spring is the season of renewal – and it’s the perfect time to stop, reflect, and reassess where you are with your goals.  If improving your fluency is one of those goals, we can help!

For a limited time SpeechEasy is offering a $500 discount on ANY SpeechEasy model, AND a $250 rebate on your SpeechEasy evaluation.  That’s a combined $750 in savings!  There has never been a better time to take the next step in reaching your goals.

These amazing offers end on July 15th, so act fast.

Contact us at Granite Bay Speech for more information!

916-797-3307

 

 

 

My child has difficulty remembering and paying attention. What do I do?

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My child has difficulty remembering and paying attention. 

What do I do? 

We are excited to feature this blog on the Granite Bay Speech website written by our colleague and friend, Kathie E. Ekemo, Ph.D. CA Licensed Psychologist PSY29127. Dr. Kathie Ekemo specializes in psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults.

As seen on a Sussex Directories Inc site

Children with attention difficulties may:

  • Have a short attention span or difficulty paying attention
  • Be distracted or have trouble focusing if there is a lot of noise around
  • Be fidgety
  • Be easily frustrated
  • Have negative feelings about school or difficulty with academic performance.

These symptoms of inattention are shared by multiple disorders, and

may be the result of:

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • A visual processing disorder
  • Sensory integration difficulties
  • Language Disorders
  • A central auditory processing disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Various medical conditions/syndromes or injuries (e.g. brain injury)
  • Learning disability (attention)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Other causes

A psychologist can help parents to figure out any difficulties that may be causing attentional problems, as well as providing treatment recommendations.  These screenings typically include checklists, and/or testing.  Once the source/s of the attentional problems are identified, Kathie Ekemo, Ph.D and Granite Bay Speech coordinate treatment to benefit clients and achieve better outcomes.  Many auditory challenges, for example, can be assessed and are successfully treated by a speech language pathologist.  Care may also be coordinated with your medical doctor, a visual therapist or occupational therapist.

We would be happy to answer any of your questions!

Please feel free to contact Kathie E. Ekemo, Ph.D. at 425-308-7982 or message Kathie through www.Psychologytoday.com 

You may also contact Nancy Barcal M.A. CCC-SLP at Granite Bay Speech at 916-797-3307 or visit the website at http://www.granitebayspeech.com 

Why is Pretend Play Important?

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As adults, we often reference the occurrence of pretend play as just that… play! But, we may fail to recognize the critical role that play has in the cognitive, social-emotional, and motor development of our children. Let’s take a closer look at pretend play’s benefits and the positive effect it has on our little ones!

Imagination utilized in play activities requires strong problem-solving skills – higher level, cognitive thinking is necessary to not only imagine, but bring characters, settings, and plots to life! When children are setting the scene for their pretend play scenarios, they pull information from their experiences, which allows for the creation of memories and improves their memory-recall abilities.

Research shows that pretend play promotes the development of social-emotional skills, where children are actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles that they witness in everyday life. It provides opportunities for children to make sense of the situations they observe and to ‘test out’ new ones that may be confusing, scary, or anxiety-provoking.  Through imaginative play, dolls or figurines can become a ‘version’ of a child, providing a safe way for them to express new ideas, feelings, and emotions.

Our children incorporate language in play and feel the power of their words. They learn to read social cues, take turns, initiate and engage in reciprocal conversation, control impulsivity, and recognize emotions. Through the development of these abilities, they are also increasing their ‘theory of mind’ – the capacity to take another’s perspective and understand the feelings of others to feel empathetic.

Amazingly enough, motor skills are also enhanced through pretend play. Gross motor skills are required for actions such as, making animal figurines jump or airplanes fly through the sky, and fine motor skills are needed for activities such as dressing dolls, carefully placing items in dollhouses or building, or piecing together tracks for a train. The concepts of grouping and categorizing are also enhanced, which can be demonstrated through scenarios of grouping food items together to create a meal or a grocery store.

Granite Bay Speech believes in the power of pretend play and we encourage its’ utilization for all children. Contact our office for more information and tips for expanding your child’s imagination.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” -Albert Einstein

Call our office at: 916-797-3307

Meet Mike Molino… The Newest Addition to Our Wonderful Team!

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Michael Molino, M.S., CF-SLP

Michael is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. He received his Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). Prior to earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2014 from CSUS, he served in the US Navy for more than 20 Years.

Michael’s clinical skills encompass many facets of speech and language disorders, such as:  expressive and receptive language delay, articulation, apraxia, phonological processing, accent modification, Autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Social Pragmatics, Stuttering, and Cluttering. He also has experience with aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, mTBI, and neurogenic disorders. Michael holds a letter of clinical competence for Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing and is licensed as a Schools Audiometrist.

Michael has personal experience with communication disorders and received speech therapy services for many years as a child/adolescent for stuttering. His passion has always been to provide clients with skills that will help them communicate effectively in academic, work and social settings.

Michael has received specialized training in Stuttering disorders from Eastern Virginia Medical School Fluency Shaping Program. He has been an advocate and mentor for individuals who stutter for more than 20 years. He is the Southwest Regional Chapter Coordinator and Sacramento Chapter Leader for the National Stuttering Association. He has attended numerous stuttering conferences and workshops. Michael is currently an online host for Stutter Social, which connects people who stutter from around the world. Discussions often revolve around stuttering-related issues, but sometimes they just chat about their day or a good movie. He is highly respected in our field and we are honored to have him join Granite Bay Speech.

What is Articulation?

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Articulation skills are most commonly referred to as “speech skills”. Articulation refers to the process of two areas of the body touching to form speech sounds. When we speak, a set of very complex and coordinated movements allow us to form sounds which are understood by others. More than one hundred muscles have to contract and relax to begin and end each syllable.

We would be happy to answer any of your questions!

Please feel free to give us a call at 916-797-3307 or visit our website at www.granitebayspeech.com 

Forbrain is now available at Granite Bay Speech!

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Forbrain is Now available at Granite Bay Speech!

Improve three critical speech and language areas with one device! Forbrain is a device which helps to improve your attention, speech, and memory. Forbrain helps children and adults develop their talents and potential by using their voice.

Why use Forbrain?

Attention

Forbrain’s dynamic filter trains the brain to be more attentive, improving not only attention, but auditory processing and sensory integration.

Speech

Forbrain helps individuals improve speech fluency, pronunciation, sound discrimination and rhythm, resulting in clearer and more effective communication.

Memory

Forbrain helps to improve short term memory, which impacts reading, writing and even chatting.

How does it work?

Bone conduction

Bone conduction transmits the sound of your own voice 10 times faster and with greater clarity than air conduction.

Dynamic filter

The dynamic filter enhances specific frequencies of speech and constantly surprises the brain to increase memory, attention and sensory processing.

Auditory Feedback Loop

Forbrain corrects the way you hear your own voice leading to better speech production and increased confidence.

 

What are people saying about Forbrain?

“By hearing their own voice, they gained confidence in speaking words out loud”

“After some weeks of use of Forbrain, there is definitely a difference in the clarity of his speech”

“I have seen tremendous improvement in her reading comprehension and reading rhythm”

“Forbrain has been a very successful tool and consider it such a blessing to our family!”

 

Want to give Forbrain a try?

At Granite Bay Speech, we are committed to utilizing the latest research based techniques and technology to help advance speech and language skills at any age. We have researched Forbrain and believe this is a wonderful tool to improve attention, speech and memory skills.

Forbrain is now available to purchase and use independently at home OR use in your sessions at Granite Bay Speech!  Contact us to learn more about the opportunity to improve your attention, speech and memory skills.

Email us at info@granitebayspeech.com

Call us at 916-797-3307

My Battle Against The Stutter Monsters!

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This video is a story about a young boy winning the battle against stutter monsters. This book was written by Elijah Silberman and his Speech Therapist, Nancy Barcal M.A. CCC-SLP.

This book is about how Elijah fought the stutter monsters. At first Elijah feels his stuttering is choking his throat. His words feel blocked and won’t come out. He repeats sounds many times before he is able to talk. Elijah is getting very frustrated. He doesn’t know how to stop his stuttering. He decides to go on a quest. He learns skills with the help of his Speech Language Pathologist, Nancy Barcal. In the book, “My battle against the stutter monsters” Elijah protects his smooth speech behind the walls of his castle. He does his best to keep the stutter monsters out of the castle by practicing therapy techniques. He earns his many weapons to protect him from the assault of the stutter monsters. He earns a shield, armor, a sword, cannon, cannon balls, a bow and arrows, He uses these weapons to shoot at the stutter monsters and destroy their power over him. He takes control and practices many hours to beat them. In the end he discovers that he is powerful. Elijah learns that even if a few stutter monsters sneak into his castle he is still in control and doesn’t let it bother him. He says what he wants and doesn’t let stuttering stop him from talking. He has a positive attitude and knows how to stand up to teasing and is proud of conquering his fear of stuttering.

 

2018 Granite Bay Speech Media Award

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We were pleased to present  John Gomez with the Annual Media Award! Here is what he said about it.

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“This is a very Special Award that comes from Nancy Barcal of Granite Bay Speech! Nancy runs a Speech-Language Pathology private practice in Granite Bay, CA. She and her business have championed WHEN I STUTTER since the very beginning. To receive this award from such a pillar in the community and a friend is a tremendous honor!”- John Gomez

To learn more about John’s incredible movie, WHEN I STUTTER, visit his website at http://www.whenistutter.org