"We were referred to Alicia by my son’s orthodontist, Dr. Barry, for myofunctional therapy in addition to his orthodontic treatment. I had not previously heard about this type of therapy or why it is necessary, but after coming to Alicia for the last year, I began to see how her expertise helped my son form good habits for breathing, swallowing, tongue placement, and other factors that make sure his teeth stay where they should be. I’m very happy with the results and my son has been encouraged by his own progress!"
~Mother of 14 year old
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Well what can I say- they are the best! One day, in my desperation to find a speech therapist to come to my home, I luckily found Reach for Speech & Beyond during a Google search! My daughter, age 6 at the onset of services, had previously made gains in clinic-based speech therapy but struggled to carryover skills within the home. Alicia arranged to have Rebecca come to our home to begin home-based speech and language therapy. Soon after, my daughter’s tantrums and frustrations began to diminish, as she was developing the ability to organize her thoughts better to become a better communicator who now does not need assistance such as pictures to communicate her wants and needs. My daughter also has Apraxia and I have struggled to find people who specialize in this area but Rebecca has the skills to effectively treat my daughter. I can’t thank Rebecca enough for the every day improvements my daughter has made and also for what they have taught me so I can apply those tips into her everyday life. Rebecca and Alicia are there in a flash when any questions or concerns are present. They are now a part of my family who I am just as excited to share all the awesome gains my daughter is making as I am with my own family! All I can say is WOW! Please don’t hesitate to call Reach for Speech & Beyond as I have been everywhere since my daughter has been two years old and I have to say I have finally found quality professionals who know their stuff! I am now so excited for what the future holds : )
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I am an adult with severe tmj issues and have gone through the whole gamut of specialists for many years. Recently, a new dentist pointed out that I had a severe tongue thrust with an underdeveloped palate, and that I should look into orofacial myofuncitonal therapy. I feverishly researched the topic and stumbled upon Alicia Frannicola's site. I will admit that I was a bit skeptical to begin yet another therapy, but I was hopeful as this was something entirely different than anything I had tried before. I have now been working with Alicia for nearly five months and she has helped me tremendously. Within that time, she has taught me many useful techniques and exercises to retrain my tongue muscles and has seen me through a frenectomy. Most importantly, Alicia has shown a lot of kindness and compassion throughout our sessions, which goes a long way when you are in pain. Additionally, she has also gone the extra mile to try to help me get reimbursed from my insurance company. Most out of network providers would not be bothered. If you have a need for orofacial myofunctional therapy, I highly recommend Alicia Frannicola!!
Alicia is absolutely remarkable!
I'm a 33 year old mother, of two young children. I have had a Massive TMJ Jaw surgery, chronic pain, and plenty of therapies. I came to Alicia in hopes to control my tongue thrusting, and help with my tongue placement. I was told "if you can't get control of your tongue, than it will continue to push your bite open to the point of another surgery"
I obviously became anxious and stressed! Needing to get this under control. Through this process Alicia has REALLY gone out of her way to help me. Not only was she EXTREMELY patient and RESPONSIVE, she helped me understand the value and role that my tongue plays. This includes the placement it should be in, and why. How to swallow, move, and speak the proper way. I couldn't believe how my tongue could impact my daily life SO MUCH, and exacerbate my current issues. The tongue is incredibly strong, and to a large extent trainable.
Everyone's situation is different. For me it took a lot of "toning exercises" and daily therapy to get to where I'm at. It takes Real Time out of your life to truly make the process successful. You need to be committed. It has been a lot of ups and downs, since re-training a muscle isn't easy. I ended up having a Frenectomy, while Alicia coached me through the pre and post op care. We have made major strides ever since! EVEN when the exercises irritated by jaw, or my posture wasn't the best, SHE ALWAYS HAD A PERFECT SOLUTION. I still have much to learn and work through, but I'm so incredibly thankful for Alicia's knowledge and skill.
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"Alicia is an amazing speech therapist! My daughter was hesitant to start speech therapy but she soon became Alicia's biggest fan. She is so patient and caring of her patients. Not only does she make speech therapy so much fun, she is so outstanding at what she does. She is able to incorporate orofacial myofunctional therapy into a more traditional speech therapy approach, which is a huge benefit to her patients. I could not recommend her more highly!" ~Sara Ginsberg
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"I can’t thank Ms. Alicia from Reach for Speech and Beyond enough for the work that she did with our daughter. My daughter was tongue tied and needed a frenectomy and Alicia was patient, thorough, and exemplary in her approach prior to, during, and after the procedure. Emilia was 4.5 years old at the time and immediately bonded with Alicia. After a few short months, her learning habits, articulation, and sentence structure all improved drastically. I highly recommend Ms. Alicia from Reach for Speech and Beyond and am grateful for the experience my daughter had."