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“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 to read updates about a movie screening of “If I Stutter…” in Roseville, CA during the summer of 2017!

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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Nancy Barcal Volunteers for Sac State Speech Pathology Students

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Nancy Barcal from the Sacramento Valley chapter of the National Stuttering Association, was recognized in their recent newsletter.The current National Stuttering Association newsletter gives Nancy Barcal a shout-out for her part in Sacramento State’s recent National Student Speech Language Hearing Association conference.

Nancy, an expert on stuttering and cluttering, spoke to the speech pathology students about how to provide the best care for clients who stutter. She represented NSA’s Sacramento/Roseville Chapter, which she co-leads.

The university often relies on Nancy’s expertise to help train its speech pathology students, and Nancy has been unstinting in donating her time and money to the Sac State program.

She frequently rearranges her office schedule to speak to classes – both undergraduate and graduate – and she invites students to her office for valuable free training with real clients in a clinical setting. Her students have joined her at NSA meetings and participated with her in health fairs and speech and language conferences.

Nancy Barcal teaches Sacramento State University speech therapy students about stuttering and related treatment options.Through Nancy, these students gain experience with the difference types of stuttering and people of all ages who stutter.

Supporting future speech pathologists is just one of Nancy’s community commitments to helping people who stutter. She is a co-founder, with Roseville Theatre Arts Academy, of Kids Speaking Out, which has the dual purpose of (1) decreasing bullying because of stuttering and (2) providing children with opportunities to speak in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Many children who have speech problems are able to speak fluently when performing on stage. Contact Nancy if you want your kids to participate in Kids Speaking Out or assist students enrolled in the program.

NSSLHA Conference Sacramento - Stuttering Brochures for Sac State speech therapy students    Sac State Presentation Stuttering History

Helping Increase Awareness of Stuttering and Cluttering

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Nancy Barcal and Mike Molina had a rewarding and heartwarming day on April 20! They provided information about stuttering and cluttering on behalf of the Access to Care Fair in Granite Bay, CANational Stuttering Association, Sacramento-Roseville chapter, to more than 600 people at the Access to Care Fair at Bayside Church in Granite Bay. A Touch of Understanding (ATOU), a Granite Bay nonprofit, hosted this event — the eighth annual — to provide the community with information, resources and services for people with special needs. Through its Youth Force, ATOU has presented active disability awareness programs to more than 57,000 Northern California students in the past 17 years.

A children's art therapy project at the Access to Care Fair in Granite Bay, CA

Granite Bay Speech's stuttering & cluttering booth at the Access to Care Fair

Both stuttering and cluttering affect a person’s speech fluency. There are many variations of stuttering, including speech interruptions. A person who clutters usually presents rapid, irregular speech often accompanied by inappropriate pausing and inflection. More than 3 million Americans — 20,000 in the Sacramento area — have a stuttering disorder. You can find helpful positive information about stuttering, cluttering and other speech issues at this website, the local Stuttering Association chapter’s website,, or by calling Granite Bay Speech at 916-797-3307.

The photos, from A Touch of Understanding, show highlights of this great event. The photo at right shows our booth with Nancy Barcal helping visitors. The spin wheel — the round sign with its back to the camera — was made by a youth member of the National Stuttering Association and was a big hit. Attendees spun the wheel to answer questions about stuttering, and everyone received a prize. The colorful painting, above, was a children’s art therapy project.

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