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Speech Fluency

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 

Effective New Device for Veterans Who Stutter

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At 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, 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.