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.
A little about Caitlin: Caitlin is a Speech-Language Pathologist with 4 years of experience. She received her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Arkansas. During graduate school, Caitlin completed her clinical externships in Houston, and following graduation, she decided to call herself a Texan. Caitlin also works in Houston Independent School District primarily with students whose first language is Spanish ages 3 to 12 years old.
Favorite therapy activities: My favorite therapy activities are sensory bins, mini objects, and literacy-based therapy activities.
Favorite thing about being a speechie: Hearing parents report significant improvements, developing relationships with my kiddos, alleviating frustrations associated with communication breakdowns, being creative and coming up with engaging/motivating therapy activities, keeping up with the latest research to learn new therapy techniques, providing parent education and support, feeling like my work is important and leads to better quality of life, etc. The list goes on!
Hobbies/favorite thing to do outside of therapy: In my spare time, I enjoy Reading, cooking, fashion, indoor cycling classes, and running.
Certifications/accomplishments: My greatest accomplishments are seeing my kids make progress, become more confident, and experience less frustration.
Languages spoken: English and some Spanish and ASL.
A little about Manny: Manny is a bilingual behavior analyst with 6 years of experience. He received his Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis in California. A year after receiving his Master’s Manny relocated to Houston Texas. During graduate school, Manny worked with students from the ages of 3-31 years old. Manny specializes in Social Skills, parent consultations and 1:1 services. Manny believes in being a forever student during the summer of 2023 Manny has started his doctoral journey.
Favorite therapy activities: My favorite therapy activities is the identification of the skill deficit and strengthen it via naturalistic play.
Favorite thing about being an analyst: My favorite part about being in the field is helping parents identify their children’s maladaptive behaviors. Paired with teaching parents how to apply strategies that help in the reduction of maladaptive behaviors.
Hobbies/favorite thing to do outside of therapy: Outside therapy. I enjoy spending time with my wife and pets (6) as well as powerlifting/weightlifting.
Certifications/accomplishments: My greatest accomplishments in the field would be seeing the joy parent’s experience when the strategies that are taught are reinforced by positive behavior.
Languages spoken: Manny is fluent in English and Spanish.