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!
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!
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.
- Lead by example and stretch your word first
- Repeat what the person says to let him know that you are listening
- Be patient
- 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!
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!
Spring Into Fluency!
Spring is the season of renewal – and it’s the perfect time to stop, reflect, and reassess where you are with your goals. If improving your fluency is one of those goals, we can help!
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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 transmits the sound of your own voice 10 times faster and with greater clarity than air conduction.
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.
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Call us at 916-797-3307
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.
This book is about how Elijah fought the stutter monsters. At first Elijah feels his stuttering is choking his throat. His words feel blocked and won’t come out. He repeats sounds many times before he is able to talk. Elijah is getting very frustrated. He doesn’t know how to stop his stuttering. He decides to go on a quest. He learns skills with the help of his Speech Language Pathologist, Nancy Barcal. In the book, “My battle against the stutter monsters” Elijah protects his smooth speech behind the walls of his castle. He does his best to keep the stutter monsters out of the castle by practicing therapy techniques. He earns his many weapons to protect him from the assault of the stutter monsters. He earns a shield, armor, a sword, cannon, cannon balls, a bow and arrows, He uses these weapons to shoot at the stutter monsters and destroy their power over him. He takes control and practices many hours to beat them. In the end he discovers that he is powerful. Elijah learns that even if a few stutter monsters sneak into his castle he is still in control and doesn’t let it bother him. He says what he wants and doesn’t let stuttering stop him from talking. He has a positive attitude and knows how to stand up to teasing and is proud of conquering his fear of stuttering.
We were pleased to present John Gomez with the Annual Media Award! Here is what he said about it.
“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
OBTAIN FREE STUTTERING HELP!
FLUENCYCOACH™ IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID!
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.
Contact Granite Bay Speech Today!
Phone: (916) 797-3307
2530 Douglas Blvd. Suite 110
Roseville, CA 95661
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!
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!
Tips to effectively communicate with people who stutter (PWS):
- Do not make remarks like: “Slow down,” “Take a breath,” or “Relax.” Such simplistic advice can be felt as demeaning.
- Listen attentively and respond to what he or she says — not how they say it. Telephone conversations may be especially difficult for PWS.
- Use natural eye contact, wait patiently until the person is finished talking.
- Do not finish sentences or fill in words for the person who stutters.
- Speak calmly using pauses and an upbeat, pleasant tone of voice. Smile.