Stuttering

Youth Stuttering

Youth Stuttering

If your child stutters, don’t wait to get help. A consultation during the first 6-12 months of stuttering is recommended. The critical window for intervention should occur within 18 months to have the greatest impact on altering speech patterns. If left unchecked, stuttering can affect social and emotional development and cause feelings of helplessness, isolation, depression and anxiety.

Adult Stuttering

If you stutter and haven’t had success with other programs, you owe it to yourself to talk to Nancy Barcal and her highly trained staff at Granite Bay Speech. Nancy has decades of experience working with stuttering and cluttering and has helped countless adults feel confident while speaking.

Our therapists have years of experience working with stuttering and cluttering. Granite Bay Speech has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for their high level of expertise. We provide you with techniques and technology based on cutting-edge research.

Contact us for our free national stuttering association groups!

Stuttering Support

Granite Bay Speech support services for stuttering include:

  • Free Parent Support Classes
  • Free groups for adults and children
  • Individual and group therapy for stuttering
  • Counseling for family members of those that stutter
  • Education for employers about the benefits of employing individuals who stutter
  • Workshops for medical professionals which provide resources for stuttering to their patients
  • Advocacy and fundraising for funding stuttering support services
  • Communication centers and school presentations to decrease bullying of students with communication and stuttering challenges
  • Workshops to spread awareness about stuttering
  • Collaboration with public and private Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Consultation services to public and private schools
  • Presentations to home school groups, charter schools, and civic organizations

The National Stuttering Association

The National Stuttering Association (NSA) is the largest self-help support organization in the United States for people who stutter. Local NSA chapters provide a safe, supportive peer counseling environment that can help you improve your overall communication and coping skills — as well as your overall quality of life. The Nonprofit National Stuttering Association (NSA) offers free chapter meetings nationwide.

Our local chapter is one of the few groups that offer meetings for children, teenagers, and adults. Meetings are held at least once a month, with additional activities throughout the year.

For current meeting times and locations in Northern California, please contact us.

Helpful Apps for Stuttering and Cluttering

Fluency Coach App

Fluency Coach

FluencyCoach is a free software application that uses Altered Auditory Feedback technology to simulate the effects of “Choral Speech” (speaking simultaneously with another person).

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Speech Pacesetter

Speech Pacesetter

Aptus Speech and Language Therapy

This app allows users to select a reading passage and an adjustable rate of speech. It then highlights which word/syllable is to be said. This helps those who have imprecise articulation, speech rate, cluttering, or stuttering.

Conversation Paceboard

Conversation Paceboard

Aptus Speech and Language Therapy

The user can choose an amount of buttons for the child to push as they say their phrase. The child is to say one word for each button and a visual reinforcer (optional) and auditory reinforcer (optional) will appear.

SpeechEasy®

What is the SpeechEasy® fluency-enhancing device?

The SpeechEasy® device is the smallest, most discreet fluency-enhancing device available. The combination of the SpeechEasy® device and therapy techniques provides an integrated approach to stuttering management. The SpeechEasy® device produces natural sounding speech, reduces stuttering in 80-90% of the stuttering population, and reduces stuttering regardless of the rate of speech. The SpeechEasy® is a 100% digital signal, combines delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency altered feedback (FAF), and uses an adaptable digital platform capable of being upgraded without having to buy a new device.

How satisfied are individuals who previously obtained a SpeechEasy® device?

Nearly 80 percent of customers are satisfied with their decision to obtain this device and would still purchase it if they had the decision to make over again. Nearly 90 percent said they would recommend that their friends who stutter consider the device as a treatment option. People who use SpeechEasy® also report a heightened sense of confidence, freedom, and self-reliance, as well as an improvement in social and professional relationships.

What is the first step in evaluating if the SpeechEasy® is right for me?

Call us at (916) 797-3307 to schedule a free, no-obligation phone consultation with Nancy Barcal to discuss your individual needs. If you determine a SpeechEasy® evaluation is right for you, a three- to four-hour appointment will be scheduled.

Is it possible to receive a SpeechEasy® device in one day?

Because Nancy is a Preferred SpeechEasy® Provider, she has Comfort Fit devices available the same day you receive your evaluation. Comfort Fit devices wrap around the back of the ear, similar to hands-free earpieces.

What if I prefer a device that fits inside my ear?

If you prefer a device that fits inside your ear, an ear impression will be made by an audiologist and sent off to the lab. Your custom made device will arrive in approximately 3 weeks.

The value of being able to communicate with others is paramount in our daily lives. Having the ability to express your wants, needs and thoughts clearly can often be taken for granted, and if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the ability to communicate effectively may no longer be an option. SpeechEasy can help. Since Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive disease, a person’s symptoms will change over time and present differently in everyone. The primary symptoms include tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity, yet Parkinson’s can also have a profoundly adverse effect on a person’s speech and voice – thereby inhibiting their ability to communicate freely. When a person’s speech is affected by Parkinson’s, they may notice a decrease in their loudness, decreased intelligibility, an increase in their rate of speech and communication may simply be more difficult overall. Caregivers and friends may have an increasingly hard time understanding what the person is trying to say and frustration levels can rise for everyone. However, there is help. Speech Pathologists and other professionals are available to assist a person with Parkinson’s in taking control of their speech and gaining back more of their freedom to communicate.

How do I learn more about SpeechEasy® and their integrated approach to stuttering management?

The SpeechEasy® program merges technology with techniques. The SpeechEasy® website provides a wealth of information regarding how the SpeechEasy® device works, research articles, funding resources, and a free download of the FluencyCoach to use online.

Contact us to try out the altered auditory feedback for free!

Client Testimonials

I take a 3 hour drive to see Nancy Barcal because after meeting with many Speech Therapists during my lifetime there is no one more qualified in the subject of stuttering than Nancy Barcal. I would drive 20 hours to see Nancy that's how certain I am that she is the person who will help me the best. Nancy understands stuttering more than anyone I have ever met. I am very lucky to have met her. She treats me like a person not just a client and that means a lot to me. Her passion and compassion is evident in the way she works with you. Knowing I have Nancy at my side is all the confidence I need to know that if and when my fluency starts to deteriorate she is the just the person to get me back on track so that I can use the techniques necessary to be more in control of my speech.

Noel A.

I highly recommend Nancy Barcal at Granite Bay Speech Clinic, located in Roseville California. I attend monthly meetings held by the National Stuttering Association, (NSA) where I first met and often see Nancy. She is very helpful and uplifting and I often leave sessions feeling better than I did when I arrived. It's easy to tell that Nancy has a passion for her work and I recommend her to anybody who is looking to improve their speech fluency.

Mike P.