Choosing Teach Beyond was one of the best decisions I ever made. my son was initially evaluated by another company. I agreed with the diagnosis but had concerns about the facility. It was basically an office with very few toys and I thought it would be uncomfortable for my son to open up in that atmosphere resulting in slow improvements and frustration. I wanted to find a speech therapist that would come to our home where my son was most comfortable, meaning he would interact and talk more. After a lot of searching, that is when I found teach beyond who offers mobile therapists. I called and spoke to the owner, Elisa, for a while and asked a lot of questions. She made sure not to make any promises, but just the fact that she took the time to listen to me gave me a good feeling. I was all ready for the premium cost for the in-house sessions, but was pleasantly surprised that they were cheaper than the other company I was considering. Elisa assigned Elizabeth as my son's therapist and she is fantastic. My son loves his weekly play times and doesn't know he is receiving therapy. Every child is different, but I do believe if it wasn't for Elizabeth's skills and the in-house services they offer, my son would not be making the improvements he is making now. I am extremely happy with the choice I made and would recommend them in a heart beat.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Elisa, the owner, for over 2 years. She has a great rapport with my child and has worked wonders with his speech and language. She does a great job tailoring her sessions to meet his needs perfectly, making the sessions both engaging and fun. I highly recommend her services.
"I wish everyone had a speech therapist like Mrs. Cartagena. After years of therapy with minimal results, we finally found the right one. Our 5 year old son with autism gained 12 months of language development in only 6 months by attending three one-hour sessions per week. When Mrs. Cartagena began with him, he was only speaking 2 words sentences like "I want" I am amazed at how much he is talking now and that I can actually have a conversation with my son. I am thankful every day for finding Mrs. Cartagena."
Elisa, the owner of Teach Beyond Speech, truly understands her client's needs. She individualizes each session and is very knowledgable in her field. Her experience as a classroom teacher vastly adds to her overall effectiveness. She is more than a speech therapist, she is someone who truly cares.
"Elisa truly understands the academic needs of children with language learning disabilities. As a former classroom teacher, she is well-versed in curriculum and standards, and she has a passion for helping children acquire the language-based skills they need to succeed in school. Elisa understands how to tie intervention to an individual child's academic needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes for the child. Elisa is an exceptional child advocate." Cynthia Core, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, The George Washington University
"Thank you Ms. Cartagena for everything. Not only for speech - but for your insight and most of all for going above and beyond. My daughter is such a lucky girl to have you as her teacher and I am a lucky lady to know you." Gail S.
"Mrs. Cartagena has such a way with children. It's hard to say what her most outstanding quality is that makes her such an amazing speech teacher; perhaps it's her knowledge, patience, understanding, her kind heart... I have to say its all these along with her passion for helping children. She's remarkable and she gets results, I highly recommend her!"
- Erika R.
"We were so very fortunate to have Elisa working with our daughter for 3 years. Elisa is very passionate about her work. She genuinely cares about her students and they are very receptive to working with her because they feel this. She takes the time to understand the child she is working with and creates individualized plans that are best suited to each specific child. She not only helped our daughter with her language and speech development, but she also helped us as parents to understand and learn how we could support and encourage our child in her development."
"Elisa and I worked together as teachers at an elementary school. She was professional, kind and energetic. What I noticed must of all was her rapport and caring manner with EACH student she came in contact with. When Elisa started this new journey, I had no hestitation in immediately recommending her to a friend."
"For the last twenty-seven years that I have known Elisa, she has exemplified honesty, loyalty, intelligence and the highest level of integrity. She is one of the most trustworthy people that I know."
"All I can say is you're an awsome teacher and friend. You were my daughter's 5th grade teacher... and not every teacher cares about their students ... like you do. My daughter is now 23 and is shooting for her dreams just like you are. I am sure you have inspired a lot of students and you will continue to do so. We love you."
"Knowing Elisa as an excellent student and a dedicated teacher, I am so very proud to see her move her career in this direction."
Recently I was reunited with a former student on Facebook.. After friend requesting her, this was her response:
"Mrs. Genova! You have NO idea WHAT just your simple friend request has done! Thank you so much! I am literally in tears! I can not keep them from flowing!!! Thank you for everything!!! I have always remembered you! Your support in the past, Mrs. Genova, has been a part of my foundation even now! You do NOT know how much of a blessing you were and still are to my life! I'm sorry for the long paragraph.. I just can not believe I am speaking to you right now!"
Teach Beyond Speech Therapy services clients in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Area of Broward County. We are willing to travel and provide in home therapy services for the cities of Davie, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Weston, and Cooper City when available. We provide on site therapy in our office which is just south of 595 on Hiatus Road.