What is Articulation?

By | Speech and Language | No Comments

kim tanner articulation

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!

By | Uncategorized | No Comments


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?


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


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


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!

By | Speech and Language, Stuttering | No Comments

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.

Video Dialogue Below:

Nancy: So, Elijah, how old are you now?

Elijah: I’m 10.

Nancy: And when’s your birthday?

Elijah: September 17 2006

Nancy: You’ll be 11 this September?

Elijah: Yep

Nancy: You made this book when you were about 8 years old.

Elijah: Mhm.

Nancy: And what does the book tell, the story about what? The story about how you fought?

Elijah: How I fought stutter monsters.

Nancy: That’s right. And we made this book up when we were together. Okay so, let’s talk about it. It says my book, can you read that?

Elijah: My book about winning the battle by Elijah Silberman. I made this book when I was 8 years old and now I’m 10.

Nancy: Cool, and what are you looking at right now on the picture screen?

Elijah: The pictures that I made when I was 8 years old.

Nancy: Tell the people on the video what they look like.

Elijah: They look like little stick people.

Nancy: Good, and what are they trying to do?

Elijah: They are trying to get into my castle.

Nancy: and what is your castle? Your castle is protecting…?

Elijah: Protecting me from stuttering.

Nancy: Yes, and where are the stutter monsters.

Elijah: On the other side.

Nancy: Good. On the outside, right? And what are they trying to do?

Elijah: They are trying to break in.

Nancy: That’s right they are trying to break in.

Nancy: Tell me the story here. We’re going to read it. Once…

Elijah: Once upon a time, the army of stutter monsters tried to attack my castle where I keep smooth speech.

Nancy: Good, and then?

Elijah: I guarded the castle, but some of the stutter monsters snuck in.

Nancy: Good. And can you describe this picture right here? You told me about it a minute ago. The stutter monsters are digging what?

Elijah: They are digging a tunnel.

Nancy: And it’s underneath the-

Elijah: Underneath my castle and they are trying to get through, but I’m shooting them with my bow and arrow.

Nancy: And how did you earn your bow and arrow?

Elijah: By practicing.

Nancy: Here’s another guy! Okay. Read the rest of it. They would… We’re talking about the stutter monsters, right? So, they would attack…

Elijah: They would attack my throat. They tried to close my throat.

Nancy: And you have a nice picture here.

Elijah: That’s me.

Nancy: That’s wonderful.

Elijah: (laughing)

Nancy: It’s a picture of you! And, what did you put here?

Elijah: A vest.

Nancy: Yes, and what’s it doing to your throat?

Elijah: Choking me.

Nancy: Yeah, it’s like choking you. It’s like a vest on your throat going stifled noise

Elijah: Yeah stifled noise

Nancy: Now, did you tell your throat to close? No.

Elijah: No.

Nancy: What happened? Part of your brain has a tiny little… Like a little bump. A little glitch. And it made the wrong signal. And it set it down, and it told your throat to-

Elijah: Stop.

Nancy: To stop, right? And to close. And you said, “Hey! Wait a second. I didn’t tell my throat to close. Would you please stop telling my throat to close?” And the only way to teach your head to stop sending those close signals is to stop sending those close signals is by doing what?

Elijah: Stretching.

Nancy: Good. Excellent. Good. Gasps Look at this. What is this person. You have a picture of a guy stuttering, right? So, if this is you, what does it say?

Elijah: I-I-I want- I want to go home.

Nancy: First you had a lot of I’s here, “I-I-I-I”, and then you stopped. There’s a line there. And then you said “I want to go home” and you stretched.

Elijah: Yup.

Nancy: See you started to stutter, but then you said “Nuh uh, I’m going to stop that pushing-

Elijah: Yup.

Nancy: and I’m going to stretch”. Perfect. Look at this, can you read it?

Elijah: They tried to repeat the sounds even though I told them to stop.

Elijah: Then I discovered weapons to fight the stutter monsters.

Nancy: Yes.

Elijah: I started to stutter, but then I fought back by stopping the push.

Nancy: Yes, and look at this picture. What do you have here?

Elijah: A bow and arrow.

Nancy: And?

Elijah: A vest.

Nancy: And?

Elijah: Uniform and a sword.

Nancy: Look what else you added!

Elijah: A cannon.

Nancy: You have a great big weapon now! Okay, so you have a cannon here and you earned that by practicing, right?

Elijah: Yup.

Nancy: And what are all these?

Elijah: They’re cannon balls.

Nancy: And how did you earn those?

Elijah: Practicing.

Nancy: Yes, and what are you shooting at?

Elijah: A stutter monster.

Nancy: Look at this, look at this! The next-

Elijah: -weapon I developed was to stop and stretch. Then I added bouncing my voice up and down like a yo-yo.

Nancy: Good, excellent. And what did you draw at the top here? You drew a…

Elijah: I drew a yo-yo, and stop, and stretch.

Nancy: Perfect. So, you have a stop sign and then a hill to stretch on.

Nancy: So now look at your castle. Look at how big that is.

Elijah: Yeah, it’s huge.

Nancy: It’s huge and look at how thick that wall is because you did tons of practicing.

Elijah: Yup.

Nancy: So now, listen to this one. Read the rest of it dear.

Elijah: My smooth speech is inside the castle.

Elijah: Inside the castle walls in my brain. I build big walls so the monsters can’t get in and attack.

Nancy: Good, now look at this! Okay, I build-

Elijah: I build walls thicker and higher when I practiced using my weapons. I built my weapons by 1.) Stopping the push 2.) Stretching 3.) Pausing.


2018 Granite Bay Speech Media Award

By | Community Events, Stuttering | No Comments

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

john with award
“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

By | Speech and Language | No Comments


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

By | Back to School, Speech and Language | No Comments

Back to school - success final


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

By | Community Events | No Comments

American Family Day Final

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

By | Back to School, Speech and Language | No Comments


Back to school 2 Blog graphic final


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!


By | Stuttering | No Comments





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.

teens talking

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