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National Stuttering Association (NSA)

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
info@granitebayspeech.com 

www.granitebayspeech.com 

Nancy Barcal Volunteers for Sac State Speech Pathology Students

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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.

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.

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.