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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 

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.

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.

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

American Family Day, August 6th 2017

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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!

“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 http://www.granitebayspeech.com to read updates about a movie screening of “If I Stutter…” in Roseville, CA during the summer of 2017!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2029967010/when-i-stutter/posts/1822126

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.

When I stutter

ISAD Online Conference for Stuttering

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Our director, Nancy Barcal will be participating in the 2014 International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) Conference.

The conference gathers experts on stuttering from around the world in an online free forum. The purpose of the conference is to educate one another and the general public on the impact that stuttering has on an individuals’ life.

Nancy is a featured stuttering expert during the online conference this year. Be sure to log on to the conference between October 1 and October 22, 2014.

For over 25 years, Nancy Barcal, the owner of Granite Bay Speech, has helped thousands of clients successfully manage their stuttering. She has extensive training and continuing education in the area of stuttering. She was recently awarded Chapter Leader of the Year for the National Stuttering Association. As further evidence of her commitment to cutting-edge technology and superior client care, she was recently selected as a SpeechEasy® preferred provider.

Read more by clicking on the following link: http://isad.isastutter.org/

Welcome Our Newest Member – Kimberli Hyzdu

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We are happy to announce the addition of a wonderful new therapist – Kimberli Hyzdu, (pronounced HI-Z-DO).
(To make it easy to remember the pronunciation pretend you’re saying hi to someone, add a Z sound and then say do).

Kimberli is a registered Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and has been working in the field since 2011. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech – Language Pathology and Audiology – from California State University of Sacramento.

Immediately after graduation, she began the Speech- Language Pathology Assistant program. She has experience in a wide variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders. She has successfully worked with all of the following:

– Autism Spectrum
– Asperger’s
– Apraxia
– Articulation
– Attention Deficit
– Auditory Processing
– Developmental Delays
– Neurogenic Disorders
– Sensory / Social and Behavioral challenges

Kimberli has also had 4 years of education in American Sign Language and enjoys incorporating it into therapy as needed.

She truly enjoys working with both adults and children and is compassionate, skilled, and dedicated to our field.
Kimberli has acquired specialized skills working with the early intervention population, (0-3). Her use of creative activities keeps the little ones engaged and learning naturally through play.

She provides excellent carryover activities for parents to easily transfer skills to the home. She is equally skilled working with youth and adults using individualized programs with proven therapeutic outcomes. Kimberli is passionate about helping individuals with communication difficulties by providing life-improving speech services to them with personal warmth, and professionalism.

Kimberli will be joining us October 6, 2014!

Be sure to say hello to Kimberli Hyzdu!

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, www.sactovalleyspeech.org, 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.