Groups and Camps for Children and Teens Who Stutter

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Groups and Camps for
Children and Teens Who Stutter


At Granite Bay Speech, we are dedicated to helping individuals become confident communicators. We offer groups and camps for children and teens, ages 8-18, who stutter or clutter. Members choose activities based on their interests.  Activities may include: making movies, PowerPoints and educating others about stuttering, sharing fun social activities or creating art projects. Practice speeches, presentations, and interviewing techniques.  Individuals become confident communicators, regardless of their level of fluency. Group members learn from one another and often form lifelong friendships.

If you are interested in joining one of our groups or camps, please contact us today!

2530 Douglas Blvd., Suite 110  Roseville, CA 95661   
(916) 797-3307 

“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.

When I stutter

Let’s Talk Fluency!

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Let’s Talk Fluency promotion: $500 Discount on SpeechEasy Comfort Fit model
The Let’s Talk Fluency offer begins March 3, 2017. During this promotion, SpeechEasy Comfort Fit models will be reduced in price by $500. Comfort Fit is the model preferred by over 80% of our SpeechEasy clients. SpeechEasy’s 0% financing option is also available during this special offer period.

This offer ends June 30, 2017. Let’s talk about YOUR fluency now. No coupon or special form is necessary in order to qualify for the savings.


Let’s Talk Fluency evaluation rebate offer $150
In addition to the product discount during the Let’s Talk Fluency promotion SpeechEasy is offering a $150 evaluation rebate during this promotional period. The rebate is valid for evaluations by Nancy Barcal at Granite Bay Speech between the dates of Feb. 16th, 2017 and June 30, 2017 only. To receive your rebate, simply request an appointment or information packet through the SpeechEasy website and the rebate form will be mailed or emailed to you.

Below is what you NEED to know:

  1. The promotion will be good for Comfort Fit purchases made between March 3, 2017 and June 30, 2017.
  2. During this time, the price of a Comfort Fit device is $4000, a $500 savings
  3. Clients can take advantage of the 0% Interest payment plans
  4. The offer cannot be combined with any other discount
  5. The evaluation rebate is $150 for any new SpeechEasy evaluation


That’s it! We hope this offer allows more clients’ access to SpeechEasy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 916-797-3307 or and we’ll be happy to help!


Let’s Talk Fluency at Granite Bay Speech!

Stuttering And Blood Flow

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Brand new research was just published by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles involving people who stutter. This study was led by Bradley Peterson, MD, whom says they found “a critical mass of evidence” of a common underlying lifelong vulnerability in both children and adults who stutter. The Broca’s area, located in the frontal lobe of the brain, plays a key role in expressive speech. Researchers say that “Blood flow was inversely correlated to the degree of stuttering — the more severe the stuttering, the less blood flow to this part of the brain.” Read the full story here

If you stutter, or know someone who stutters, Granite Bay Speech would love to provide you with information. Nancy Barcal, SLP and owner of Granite Bay Speech, has been awarded chapter leader of the year and has been volunteering regularly for the nonprofit National Stuttering Association (NSA) since 1983.

Stuttering is a speech disorder that is primarily neurological and physiological in nature. It’s not an emotional or psychological problem, and is not simply caused by nervousness. People who stutter make up about one percent of the population. About 1 in 30 children stutter at some point, and at least one-quarter of them do not outgrow it. Expert speech therapy, beginning as early as age 3 or 4, can give children who stutter a head start on recovery and may head off chronic stuttering.

There’s no cure for stuttering, but speech therapy by specialized speech-language pathologists has helped many people who stutter. Chronic stuttering in adults can be successfully controlled by long-term practice and stuttering management techniques.

Stuttering support groups complement speech therapy by building healthy attitudes toward speaking and stuttering. Surveys show that support group participation helps reduce the negative effects of stuttering and enhances the success of speech therapy.

At Granite Bay Speech, we provide you with individualized programs catered to your specific needs. We have resources for families, children and adults. Nancy Barcal has over 30 years of experience working with stuttering and cluttering. She has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for her high level of expertise. She provides you with techniques and technology based on cutting edge research.

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.

For more information, visit our website at

Effective New Device for Veterans Who Stutter

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Veterans Who StutterAt Granite Bay Speech, we are seeing more and more veterans who need treatment for stuttering. We’ve found the most effective therapy for them is a combination of our standard techniques and some exciting new technology.

Many military men and women stationed in a war zone return home with what is known as neurogenic stuttering – a type of stuttering that comes on suddenly in adults who had never stuttered before. For veterans, the cause is usually head trauma or brain injury. Other causes of neurogenic stuttering include strokes, tumors and Parkinson’s disease. Whatever the reason, the fluency centers in the brains of these patients have been damaged, and the speaker may have difficulty producing words without a struggle.

These are some of the symptoms of neurogenic stuttering, from the Stuttering Foundation of America:

  • Excessive interruptions, such as interjections and revisions
  • Repetition of phrases, words and parts of words
  • Hesitation and pauses in unexpected locations
  • Cessation of speech in mid-word
  • Extraneous sounds while speaking
  • Rapid, unintelligible bursts of speech
  • Extraneous movements of lips, jaw or tongue while speaking

In helping our veterans, we still use our proven speech therapy techniques, such as simplifying speech, slowing the speech rate and relaxing the posture, but now we also offer treatment with a new electronic device we’ve found to be extremely effective for this type of stuttering.

The SpeechEasy is a small instrument that looks similar to a hearing aid, and, in fact, it is worn in the ear. But instead of amplifying sound, the SpeechEasy alters sounds so you hear your own voice at a slight delay and different pitch.

Most people who stutter can sing or speak in unison with others with little or no stuttering, a phenomenon known as the “choral effect.” The SpeechEasy device mimics that effect by creating a “chorus” with the patient’s own voice. As the patient talks, it sounds to his brain as if he is speaking in unison with another person.

The results for this device have been outstanding. It was found that stutterers were able to maintain the fluency they achieved with the device even when they weren’t wearing it. This indicates the brain has been able to change permanently, and it works for people of all ages who stutter.

The device comes in four sizes and styles, all of them nearly invisible in the ear, and their prices are similar to the cost of a hearing aid. For veterans, the Veterans Association covers the costs of therapy and devices for stuttering acquired as a result of military service.

Of course, the SpeachEasy isn’t only for veterans. If you think the device could benefit you, veteran or not, make an appointment to talk to us about this new technology for improving your speech.

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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