As a speech-language pathologist, Sean enjoys working alongside families to develop a customized plan to help each child reach their full potential. Sean is bilingual (English and Spanish) and is proficient at communicating in beginning sign language. Sean provides therapy to children from infancy through adolescence. His experience working with children with special needs includes a variety of diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Speech Delay, Developmental Disorders, Dysgraphia, Fluency Disorders (Stuttering), Social Communication Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD and more. Sean works in collaboration with parents, school professionals, and caregivers in order to support a child in their everyday environments to reach optimal potential. Sean believes that each child is unique and finds that a custom-tailored approach to their communication needs achieves the best results. Sean takes a “whole child” and “child centered” approach in therapy which assists his ability to promote healthy development based on their needs and unique profile.
After earning his Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Kent State University in Ohio, Sean began working with patients who had experienced stroke and traumatic brain injury in an outpatient setting in Lubbock, Texas. Sean then relocated to Houston where he began specializing in pediatrics, focusing on helping children learn communication skills in the home setting and teaching parents the strategies needed to assist their child’s development. Sean founded Life Skills Therapy in 2015 with the mission of fostering a truly special and nurturing environment that brings families the joy of communication and connection in a creative and fun manner.
Francine Vega, MS CCC-SLP
Francine began her career in the medical field in the US Army as a Medical Specialist with 6 years of services split between full time ARMY and the ARMY National Guard in New York. She obtained her degree in Speech Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Fredonia after studying at the Helen Keller Center in NYC where she saw amazing techniques utilized in assisting those who were blind, deaf and had severe to profound developmental disabilities. Prior to her degree and for several years thereafter Francine had the opportunity to work with and learn from children and adults with varying range of disabilities from ages 3 to 101.
She is skilled in play therapy, basic sign language, and functional language skills for children and adults. Francine is Lee Silverman Voice Therapy certified, Vital Stim, certified, PECS trained and behavior analysis trained, pickyeater/feeding therapy trained. She specializes in neurological disorders in children and adults that impact speech, language, swallowing, respiration and voice. She has conducted research in voice disorders and personality traits and complete several pilot studies in treatment for respiratory related voice and swallowing disorders.
In her free time, Francine enjoys family time, fishing, hunting, riding her motorcycle, creative sewing, and quilting and playing with her service dog, Jade.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.”
– Thomas Edison
A little about Ruby: Ruby is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with 9 years of experience. Ruby earned her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M Kingsville.
“I gained all my experience in south Texas where I started my home health experience working with an SLP who had over 15 years in the field! I was fortunate that she took me under her wing and taught me a lot. I love working with my patients and have worked with children who have had different diagnoses.”
Favorite thing about being a speechie: I became a therapist because of my uncle who has down syndrome and I saw how people treated him different and how they couldn’t understand him. I love helping people become as functional as they can be.
Hobbies/favorite thing to do outside of therapy: In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, baking, reading, bike riding and watching movies.
Certifications/accomplishments: SLP Assistant Licensure – Texas
Languages spoken: I am fluent in Spanish and English and know some ASL.
A little about Sandra: Sandra Hernandez Santiago is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with 24 years of experience. Sandra earned a Bachelor’s degree in science (Speech Language Therapy) from the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus.
Favorite therapy activities: Play based therapy because it is fun!
Favorite thing about being a speechie: The satisfaction of being able to help children and their families
Hobbies/favorite thing to do outside of therapy: I enjoy sewing and doing crafts like for example foam dolls, beading, needle point, cross stitch, door wreath, canvas
Certifications/accomplishments: Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant Licensure – Texas
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
A little about Ashanty: Ashanty is a bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with 5 years of experience. Ashanty received a Bachelors of Art in Communication Sciences and Disorders and also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.
Favorite therapy activities: Magnets, switch button and songs on iPad.
Favorite thing about being a speechie: I get to play with kiddos while helping them achieve their maximum potential
Hobbies/favorite thing to do outside of therapy: Hitting the gym, going to yoga and traveling
Certifications/accomplishments: My greatest accomplishments include graduating several kiddos from speech therapy. Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Licensure – Texas
Languages spoken: English and Spanish