"Ann was able to achieve great results for my son. She has a talent to relate and instruct children and my child easily understood and was encouraged by the teaching provided. He has gained a tremendous amount of confidence due to his experience with Ann and I would strongly recommend her to anyone having difficulties with their speech."|
Name withheld, Tongue Thrust/Orofacial Myology
"I brought my daughter to Ann in June of 2016. I feel that I am truly blessed to have found her. Instead of taking just an articulation approach, she looked at it from a muscular aspect. Had Ann only come from an articulation standpoint, my daughter would have been in speech for around 5 years, instead of what Ann accomplished in 1 year and 1/2.
When the muscular stuff was corrected, i.e. tongue thrust, air conservation, unstable jaw, etc., the articulation came a lot easier and quicker than if the muscular approach had not been taken. Ann has also been helping my daughter through food play.
I would recommend Ann to anyone with any type of speech issue. I would go as far as to call her the "miracle worker of speech pathologists."
Name Withheld, Articulation
"Liam has grown a great deal with the help of speech services from Ann. He is now ready to enter kindergarten with much stronger articulation. Thanks so much!"
Chloe Callahan, Articulation
"I decided to seek the help of a speech therapist for my 4 year old daughter. She had attended speech therapy for her entire pre-K year with very minimal results. At my daughter's initial evaluation, Ann discovered through a series of exercises, that my daughter had some underlying reasons that were causing her to not be able to pronounce many letters. Ann gave me strengthening exercises for me to stabilize her jaw, correct the placement of her tongue, etc. Between working with my daughter on a daily basis and her weekly sessions with Ann, she has made a lot of progress. I would highly recommend Ann to anyone with a speech concern.
Ann is extremely knowledgeable. She is patient and caring and she explains everything thoroughly. She also creates a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for her clients and keeps her young clients engaged and having fun, so it is a pleasant experience for all."
Sandra, Articulation and Feeding
"My husband and I are thrilled with the progress our son made working with Ann. Not only did he improve his articulation, but she made coming to speech something he looked forward to every week! We were very impressed with her ability to engage our 3 and now 4 year old son, which is not an easy task. She was always flexible to our family's busy schedule and provided us with clear explanations of Sean's progress and needs! We highly recommend her for working with any children, given our positive experience."
Name Withheld, Articulation
"My adult daughter is a brain cancer and stroke survivor. She was left with a feeding tube, no swallow, and serious problems with saliva management. For two years and with multiple agencies, we were told there was no hope for progress in this area. Then we found Ann. Ann was the most knowledgeable person in all things swallowing we had encountered. Without glossing over the journey ahead, Ann worked with my daughter, while teaching me techniques I could use at home, giving us not only next steps, but hope for continued improvement in quality of life. With a long way to go still, we continue to work with Ann, and are happy to report a swallow where there was none, barely any saliva mismanagement, and the reintroduction of food by mouth! We drive an hour and a half each way to get to therapy, and it is worth every minute."
Peggy Wark, Swallowing Problem
"Ann and her program exceeded my expectations for improvement in my voice. I've had Parkinson's Disease for nine years and was losing my voice. It's now stronger, clearer and I'm enunciating my words more distinctly. People understand me over the phone much better now."
Bette Lewin, Voice
"We are very happy with results of my son's progress. Ann was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and extremely patient with my son. She was able to adjust the treatment so my son would feel good about himself and be successful."
Name Withheld, Preschool Stuttering
"In my search as a parent looking for a speech language therapist, there were the reputable larger hospitals/colleges with intensive programs and long commute, but my teenager wanted a more relaxed schedule. I found Ann on our insurance list and her location was convenient. We made an appointment. She evaluated my daughter's status and customized a program we could work with to achieve my daughter's goals. Ann's time with her infused confidence and included varied exercises, strategies, identifying trigger situations, homework assignment and suggested resources for future situations. Her stuttering was noticeable in the beginning but at the end it has subsided. This was a perfect match!...a working relationship and successful results! Thank you Ann!"
Mary M., Stuttering
"Ann was very professional, helpful and accommodating. My daughter's speech issue is almost completely resolved in only 2 to 3 months! We would highly recommend her!"
D.C., Tongue Thrust
"I was extremely blessed with the services we received from Ann at akspeech. I brought my son, then 2, to see Ann for an evaluation as he was only using grunting sounds and making hand gestures to try to communicate. After the evaluation, my son was found to be delayed for his age in speech and we began weekly sessions with Ann.
Less than a year later my son has reached all the milestones for his age and can clearly speak to communicate. Ann took the items that interested my son into the weekly sessions and adapted his sessions based on his love of sports and race cars. Every week my son was thrilled to see ďDr. AnnĒ as he called her and looked forward to his time, little did he know this time was designed to get him to speak. I am truly thankful for the service we received by Ann at akspeech and highly recommend her services."
C. Callahan, Language Delay
"At akspeech, I was able to receive quick treatment for a minor lisp I had struggled with all my life. My lisp made it difficult and embarrassing for me to participate in certain activiteis at school. Ann was very helpful with teaching me how to hear the lisp myself so I can correct it immediately. This skill will allow me to improve my speech in the future. Ann helped me gain self-confidence in my abilities, and I am no longer afraid to give speeches or presentations in school. I am very grateful for the services I received through Ann at akspeech."
Name Withheld, Articulation
"While working with Ann, I have seen improvement in my pronunciation of the R sound. I can now hear myself more realistically, and because of that, can move to correct myself faster. With Ann's apps, I can better understand where my tongue is supposed to be, and with her weekly assignments, I can work on getting there."
Name Withheld, Articulation
"Annís ability to connect with my daughter has been nothing short of extraordinary. Her effective methods and engaging style have vastly improved my daughterís fluency in a remarkably short period of time. The results have far exceeded any of our expectations, and my wife and I are extremely grateful for all of her efforts and expertise."
Brendan, Preschool Stuttering
"The quality of service Ann provided to Brendan was outstanding. Through her work, research, and attention to detail, Brendan has managed to resolve his stutter. In addition, Ann's approach also helped to build Brendan's confidence, social skills and emotional development. Ann's professionalism, extensive research and commitment to always finding the latest and greatest app, research conferences and newest approaches, were refereshing and enlightening. Lastly, Brendan enjoyed his time with Ann, looked forward to working with her -- it was never a struggle. Thank you!"
Andrea Flaherty, Preschool Stuttering
"I believe Ann was very successful with Jacob, using fun games to get him to communicate and enunciate words he typically has trouble with. This is certainly something my wife and I could not get him to do. Jacob can now speak more clearly and rarely, if ever, do we not understand what he is saying....We thank Ann for her help!"
Mark O'Hara, Articulation
"The quality of service Ann has provided has been excellent. She has adapted all Daniel's therapy to exactly what he needs. He has improved tremendously in the year that he has been seeing Ann."
Kerrie D., Child Language
"My 11 year old daughter had a mild lisp that we felt needed correcting, so her confience with public speaking and class participation would increase. Ann was very friendly and accomodating with scheduling. The environment was very inviting and kid friendly. She made my daughter feel comfortable and empowered her to be an integral part of the process of correcting her speech. In addition to her weekly therapy session, "homework" assignments were given, which helped prepare her for her session and kept her practice up. She enjoyed this extra work and looked forward to sharing her stories with Ann. I am very satisfied with the correction that is evident in my daughter's speech. I would highly recommend Ann Kulichik and akspeech to anyone seeking private speech therapy."
Susan Alto, Articulation
"I had a stroke 8 years ago, which affected the left side of my body. For 8 years I have had drooling, and my face drooped on the left side. Ann treated me for the droop, which went away after one session. I'm not drooling now. I notice in the morning my pillow is not wet. She took it away with her magic wand! My swallowing has become easier too, when I take pills."
P.A.K., Swallowing Problem
"The first time I met with Ann for speech therapy, I was immediately comfortable working with her; she is such a genuine and caring person. Ann taught me techniques that I will use for the rest of my life, and I am forever grateful. I have been to many speech therapists in the past and Ann is, by far, the most dedicated and knowledgeable. I couldn't have asked for a better speech therapist!"
"For five years after throat surgery, I'd been struggling with not only food, but even fluids I would find to be stuck in my throat, and I would struggle to get them down. After one session, I felt a 75% increase in my ability to swallow. After the second visit, I felt like I was 100% better than I was for the entire previous five years. Now my food and fluids are going down with no difficulty whatsoever."
Douglas Smith, Swallowing Problem
"My husband had a major stroke that left him dependent on a feeding tube. He had seen other speech pathologists, but was left on baby food, which he refused to eat. He reached a point where he didn't want to work with his previous therapists anymore. Ann saw potential in my husband where others were unsuccessful. She has a playful style, and was able to easily engage him in treatment tasks. She worked on retraining his swallowing muscles and he advanced all the way to regular food! You should have seen his face when he got his first hamburger! He has better quality of life now, and it's fun to see."
Nancy Beane, wife of stroke survivor with a Swallowing Problem
"My 14 year old daughter, Maggie, loves to sing, but she was constantly losing her voice and having a painful throat. Choir and music lessions were very frustrating because she couldn't participate. She was diagnosed with early nodule formation by an ENT doctor, who examined her vocal cords. Maggie then started speech therapy with Ann Kulichik. Ann was very knowledgable and knew exactly what to do with Maggie. Ann took objective measurements, which progressively improved with Ann's recommendations and exercises. Although it would take us 1 hour to travel to see Ann, Maggie and I felt that Maggie was successfully learning how to protect and use her vocal cords effectively. Visits with Ann were always fun and interesting and building on the previous week's lesson. Ann always explained what she was doing. In a return visit to the ENT physician, we learned that Maggie's vocal cords are clear of nodules and normal! Maggie has learned life-long skills to help her singing and has returned to participating in choir without limitation, thanks to Ann Kulichik!"
Patsy MIttleman, Voice
"My daughter came to akspeech unable to pronounce "K" and "G" words clearly. Ann spent an hour playing with my daughter, teaching her the right way to pronounce clearly. My daughter looked forward to meeting Ann and playing with her, realizing little that she is learning to speak right. Today is her last therapy session, and her speech is more than 98% clear. I definitely recommend Ann to anyone."
"I want to thank you for the time you spent with my mother. You really made a huge difference in not only her speech and communication abilities - but in her whole outlook on her life and about herself. She really looked forward to working with you and wanted to be 'ready' for you each session. You obviously have a gift for doing your work so well and so compassionately. You brought a smile to my mother's face with your skills and their results."
T. Vazquez, Aphasia
"You care about what youíre doing. Because of you, Iíve got my voice back. Working with the spirometer and the voice exercises has got me singing!"
Muriel R., Multiple Sclerosis/Asthma
"[Your treatment] made a big difference. It gave me an uplift and put me where I wanted to be. It made me feel well again. I was overjoyed when you told me that I can now have regular meals. Itís affected my whole life."
Anne L., Swallowing Problem
"The speech therapy has been very productive, with positive results. Everything you have done has been beneficial to me. Iím speaking clearer and louder. My swallowing is much better too. Much easier to swallow."
John B., Parkinsonís disease
"I started off speaking really low. People couldnít even hear me. They said ďWhat?Ē to me a lot. Now they stop and talk to me and show they understand me. Iím very proud now. I feel better about myself after all the hard work I put into it. Iím going to keep doing this."
Liz, Multiple Sclerosis
"The memory therapy made me feel calmer. Makes me feel blessed with the gifts I have been given, in socializing and sharing my life with others. The blessings I have received have given me strength."
Camilla T., Dementia