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

Early Intervention Tips! Use objects rather than cards

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Why do we use objects instead of picture cards with young children? Pictures only provide visual support, they become boring very quickly. Have you ever hugged a picture card? Probably not. Objects are more engaging because they connect many areas of the brain including tactile, texture, emotions, eye contact, turn taking, body movement, and interactive spontaneous play. Notice how the young girl is not very excited while talking about the pictures. She is bored after using only a few cards. As the video continues, watch how her face lights up and she spontaneously starts moving and talking about the objects when she holds them!

Children connect with objects better than pictures and learning is fun!

Don’t kill the love of learning by drilling your young child with picture cards.

When teaching young children, use objects and movement to  support speech and language skills.

At Granite Bay Speech, we believe in making communication successful by using age appropriate techniques.

Call us to schedule an appointment and learn the best tools to support your child’s communication skills!

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!