Fall FUNtivities!

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Fall FUNtivities! 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (goodness where did the time go?). We know being away from school is exciting for our kids, but it can also be difficult to keep them entertained during the week-long break. Here are a few fall-themed activities you can do with your family.

 

Leaf Artwork 

For kids who need a screen time break, encourage them to take a walk outside with you and admire the newly changing foliage. Collect a handful of leaves of varying sizes, shapes, and colors. Place the leaves under a blank sheet of paper and color over them with fall-colored crayons to make a leaf rubbing. For an added bonus, you can have your child describe the different colors they see and the texture of each leaf. It’s unbeLEAFable how simple and easy this activity is! 

 

Play With Your Food 

Have you ever told your child, “Don’t play with your food!”? For this activity, it’s highly encouraged! To go along with a Thanksgiving theme, have your child piece together different food items to create their very own turkey masterpiece. Provide a selection of snacks for them to play with and sample. Options can be anything from baby carrots, to bell pepper slices, to pretzels…the possibilities are endless. Feel free to get creative with it and most importantly, have fun! 

Apeeling Apples 

Apples are the fall fruit and there is a wide variety of them choose from at your local store or farmer’s market. Have your child sample different apple slices and describe their taste and texture. Are they sour, sweet, juicy, crunchy, etc. Drizzle in caramel sauce for an extra sweet treat!

 

Book it to the Library

If your child misses reading time, take them on a trip to the local library! The library offers free resources such as a selection of books, media, and even sensory storytime programs. Be sure to check the library hours listed to see if hours vary around Thanksgiving time. 

 

We hope you try out some of these activities! Check out our website at www.granitebayspeech.com for more blog posts.

 

Stuttering Expert Available

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Stuttering Expert Available

If you are interested in learning more about stuttering, you can learn from one of the best! Nancy Barcal has worked with stuttering and cluttering for nearly 40 years. Due to her high level of expertise, Nancy has been invited to answer questions about stuttering during the worldwide International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) organization’s conference.

The conference runs from October 1 until October 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day.

 

To participate, you must be logged in to ask a question. After you log in, select ‘New’; ‘Post’ from the top menu and enter the title and details. Be sure to set the category to ‘2019 Talk to a Professional’ on the right side of the page or your question will not display on this page.

Please join us as we participate in the 22nd Annual Online Conference for International Stuttering Awareness Day!

 

http://isad.isastutter.org/ 

A letter to my teacher…

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A letter to my teacher… from a student who stutters.

Elijah was once very shy about his stuttering. He has been in therapy at Granite Bay Speech and has become more confident, outgoing and able to voice his thoughts and feelings. Elijah understands that he is not defined by his stutter, and wrote this letter to his techers. He allowed us to share this letter with you and hopes it may inspire you or someone you know. Feel free to share!

Dear Teachers,

My name is Elijah I’m in seventh grade and I’m 12 years old. I’ll be 13 in September. I have played a lot of sports, including, soccer, lacrosse basketball and water polo. I decided to focus on the lacross. I might add water polo when I am in high school.

Another interesting fact about me is that I stutter. I have stuttered since I was eight years old. When it started I would get stuck on my words and try and push the sound out and that only made it worse. I went to speech classes and I am able to talk without getting stuck often. If you hear me stutter you don’t have to help me. I need you to wait until I’m finished talking and don’t try to finish my words. When anyone asks me about my stuttering I tell them, “it’s not a big deal, I know what I want to say so please be polite and don’t interrupt me.”

 If someone gets teased about their stuttering, I would tell them to just keep talking and use your speech techniques from your speech therapist. I try to stop pushing on my sounds and then use a little stretch on my vowel to ease into speech. Some days are tough speech days and I stutter more, especially if I’m tired or excited. I try to pause more often so I speak smoother and don’t lose my breath. I’ve learned to be patient and compassionate because I’ve struggled with stuttering. I think that’s why I am patient with older people. I’m proud of who I am!

Homework… Struggle or Success?

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Let’s talk about homework. Sometimes, the biggest struggle of the day is getting your child to focus on homework after a long day at school… understandably so! Who really wants to go home after a long day of school work, just to do more school work at home? We want to provide you with a few tips that might help aid you in navigating this process! 

 

Snack Time  

Everyone loves a yummy snack! Not only is it a great way to incorporate a break, but food keeps our brain functioning. Providing a healthy snack for your child can also help show them that making a healthy choice gives your brain the power to keep learning and working!

 

A Productive Work Space

It is important to provide a clean and creative workspace for your child while they are doing homework. Working around clutter can create a distraction for anyone, especially young children. Sometimes, the hardest part about homework time is keeping your child focused and on task. If they are in an area that is quiet and clean, they are more likely to be productive. 

 

Work Next to Them

When your child is doing their homework, try sitting near them or next to them while you are also doing something productive. Kids have serious F.O.M.O (fear of missing out) and they definitely don’t want to miss out on anything fun. So, while they are doing their work, maybe you can simultaneously do chores or work on “adult stuff” in the background! It will encourage your child to work hard if they see you working hard too. 

 

We hope this information was helpful! Please visit our website at www.granitebayspeech.com for more blogs!

Frontloading… Have you tried it?

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Now that the school year has started, you may be feeling overwhelmed… These are common feelings, however, we have tips to help manage the stress.

Have you heard of, or tried frontloading (pre-teaching)?  Frontloading is presenting basic information to your child about what they will be taught throughout the school year.

Frontloading has shown to help students maximize their time in the classroom by giving them just enough information so they understand the vocabulary and helps them to have a grasp on the information being presented. This can help reduce stress throughout the year.

We often frontload in our own lives without even realizing it. Many times we will watch a movie trailer or read the back cover of a book to gain more information before jumping into it. It helps us to recognize characters, plot, setting and gives a little foundation for what we are about to experience. Frontloading for our children is very similar.

As parents and teachers, we do not want to teach the entire lesson before students enter the classroom, instead give them a foundation. We encourage you to make frontloading a fun and engaging experience that students enjoy, rather than a long list of vocabulary words.

We have attached a website from the California Department of Education that has links to grade-level standards and curriculum.

https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/index.asp

We hope this information has been helpful! Please let us know if you have any questions! Always feel free to visit our website or call us.

www.granitebayspeech.com

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Tips and Tricks for Back to School Success!

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Have you noticed all of the “Back to School” gear in stores already? Going back to school after a long summer break can be stressful for everyone! New teachers, new routines, new struggles… don’t worry! 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. We want to help you create a smooth transition to school with our tips and resources.

 

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.

 

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. Some children work best sitting in their beanbag while listening to music. Some children need to sit at a desk with silence. Children need to learn how they learn best and by providing choices we encourage 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 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!

Meet Kelly and Paige!

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We are so excited to announce our wonderful team has expanded! We have two new therapists,

Kelly Anderson and Paige Jones!

 

Kelly Anderson

Kelly graduated from California State University of Sacramento with her Bachelors Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She has over 18 years of experience working with children and adults. When not providing therapy, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and dogs. She is a proud aunt to her niece and nephew. Kelly likes gardening, hiking and camping. In her spare time, she loves baking and trying out new recipes. We are thrilled to have Kelly as part of our team!

 

Paige Jones

Paige graduated from California State University of Sacramento with her Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Growing up, she received speech services, so she knows firsthand the difficulties of not being able to communicate effectively. When not providing therapy, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs. She has three nieces and two nephews, whom she loves! Paige loves basketball and anything Disney. We are excited to have Paige on our team!

 

Kelly and Paige look forward to meeting you and your family!

Q&A With Parents of Children Who Stutter

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These amazing parents have worked with their children and the Therapists at Granite Bay Speech to help their children effectively communicate in their community. It can be difficult when the world around us does not understand what it is like to stutter.

Aaron explains some important techniques that he has learned and implemented which help his son and his students who stutter.

  1. Lead by example and stretch your word first
  2. Repeat what the person says to let him know that you are listening
  3. Be patient
  4. Use non-verbal gestures demonstrating a stretch to remind him of his techniques

Watch the video to see how another parent explains her experience in the community with her son who stutters.

Most importantly, remember to respond to WHAT the person is saying, rather than HOW they are saying it. 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us!

916-797-3307

How to Effectively Communicate with People Who Stutter

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With National Stuttering Awareness day coming up on October 22nd, Granite Bay Speech has developed bookmarks and wallet cards that you can share to help spread awareness in your community. Each bookmark and wallet card outlines 5 tips to effectively communicate with people who stutter to ensure that all communication experiences are good experiences. These can be shared with classmates, friends, family members and teachers that may be unaware of some actions that might lead to a communication breakdown with a person who stutters.

 

Follow the link below to grab your free bookmarks and wallet cards!

 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-to-Effectively-Communicate-with-People-Who-Stutter-4136807