Vanessa Chan-Felcman, M.A., CCC/SLP
With over 15 years of speech therapy experience, Vanessa founded Family First Speech Therapy in January 2014 and is dedicated to understanding the whole child. As one of only a few fully certified speech pathologists in Profectum and ICDL in DIR® / Floortime™ in all of Houston, she understands her clients’ challenges – how they process language, how they become regulated and how they move their body in order to build a strong foundation for communication. She is passionate about this model and in her sessions, family members are encouraged to join and be part of the interaction with their children. With the support of an incredible team, Vanessa is the guiding influence behind the Family First Speech philosophy.
Sarah Seymour, M.A., CCC/SLP, CLC
Sarah received her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She returned to her hometown of Houston, TX to join our team in March 2018. She is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor. Sarah fell in love with the pediatric population while training at a DIR®/Floortime™ facility in Austin. She has since developed an area of focus in infant feeding, including providing counseling and support to families who have elected to breastfeed.
Sarah has clinical experience in behavioral/medical dysphagia, articulation disorders, fluency disorders, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, cognitive delays/disorders, and sensory processing disorders.
She has obtained continuing education hours in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral/medical pediatric and infant dysphagia. Sarah views each child as an individual and is dedicated to providing a holistic treatment tailored to his/her unique profile.
Jennifer Garcia, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jennifer joined our team in May 2018. She has been providing Speech-Language Therapy to support children and their families since 1998 and has her Expert/Training Leader certification in DIR®/Floortime™ through the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL). She has advanced training in receptive/expressive language, articulation/verbal apraxia, PROMPT, Autism, voice, feeding/swallowing, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, oral placement therapy, stuttering, Selective Mutism, sensory integration, primitive reflex integration, coaching families in learning to implement DIR®/Floortime™, and augmentative communication. She is dedicated to supporting children and their families in their journey to reach maximum potential.
Cris Marie Mireles, B.S., SLP Assistant
Cris joined our team November 2015. She has been working as a dedicated Speech Language Pathologist Assistant since 2007; Providing speech and language therapy while integrating the DIR®/Floortime™model for children with autism and other communication disorders since 2012. Has over 150 CEU hours in advanced training added to her knowledge and applied practices, some which include: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Disorders, Communication Milestones & etc. Cris truly believes that every child has the ability to improve their communication skills through specific individualized treatment plans and is deeply committed to providing the highest standard of services for all clients and families.
Kadee Bludau, M.A., CCC/SLP
Kadee Bludau moved to Houston, TX, to join our team in April 2019. She grew up in a small town in central Texas, and then moved to Austin to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Texas. Kadee grew her passion for empowering children at the Rise School of Austin, where she led speech circle-time groups, applied play-based therapy, focused on inclusion, and implemented oral placement therapy in the classroom. Kadee also worked at a pediatric speech clinic, where she discovered the amazing power of the DIR®/Floortime™ therapy. She has received trainings in DIR®/Floortime™, Play with Food, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, and treatment for Childhood Fluency Disorder. Kadee has a special interest and experience with feeding therapy that includes: oral dysphagia (tongue thrust, poor oral management, etc.), oral-motor techniques, Swallow Right program, sensory feeding approach, and food chaining for picky eaters. She participated in a program with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas that focused on parent training for oral motor and speech skills. Kadee believes the key to successful therapy includes understanding each child and their individual strengths and motivations.
Jessica Sherman, M.S., CCC/SLP
Jessica joined our team as a certified Speech and Language Pathologist in October of 2014. She is passionate and enthusiastic about working with the pediatric population. She has worked in the field for 9 years in a variety of different settings. Jessica’s experience ranges from articulation/phonological processing disorders, fluency disorders, oral motor disorders, autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing, apraxia, expressive and receptive language delay as well as other learning differences. She uses a multi-modality approach to therapy to help children achieve maximum success during each session. Family input is important to her and she encourages families to be involved as much as possible.
Rebecca Williams M.S., CCC/SLP
Rebecca joined our team as a certified speech language pathologist with a passion for discovering the inner motivation for each child that brings out their desire to communicate. While working at a sensory clinic, she developed skills for using sensory integrative techniques with an emphasis on child lead, movement based therapy. She has clinical experience in the areas of articulation disorders, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, fluency disorders and pragmatic delays. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, sensory integration difficulties, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.She values each child as an individual and as being part of a family/community and works to support this connection including families that desire to integrate more than one language.
Henry H. Chan, MBA, CPA, Office Manager
Henry is an accounting, tax, and finance professional with over thirty years of experience in global treasury operations, including risk management at Compaq Computers, McDermott International (Houston, Texas) and Hewlett Packard Inc. (Palo Alto, California). He jumped at the opportunity to work with and support such a strong team of dedicated speech and language specialists who love what they do. Henry is diligent in providing the highest quality finance and operational expertise and is excited to be a part of the Family First community.
Judy Nhan, CCS, Billing Manager
Judy is a Certified Coding Specialist. She joined Family First Speech & Kids Connect Occupational Therapy clinic as a Billing Manager in 2016. Judy has strong knowledge and experience with Medicaid and different commercial health insurance plans, specifically for pediatric therapy services. In addition to her medical and billing experiences, she also has a wonderful way of adapting to her surroundings, even the most stressful environment. She uses her management skills and applications to solve difficult problems for both clients and staff members. Judy is an excellent addition to our team!
Vanessa Rivera, Patient Account Specialist
Vanessa comes to us with almost 3 years of operations experience in a therapy clinic along with more than 10 years of administrative and office experience. She displays passion and eagerness to assist our team members, patients and their families. At the clinic, Vanessa does what she enjoys best and maintains a positive and vivid presence in our front office and keeps the clinic running smoothly. She greets each visitor with warmth and joyousness. Vanessa is also proficient in Spanish and uses her second language to communicate with families and team for accurate translation. She is ecstatic to have gained new relationships at Family First and Kids Connect!
Amy Rodriquez, BCBA, LBA
Amy is a licensed behavior analyst (LBA) with the state of Texas, and a certified educator with the Texas Education Agency. Amy acquired a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston, in Clear Lake.
Amy taught High School Spanish in HISD and Spring Branch ISD for a total of 10 years, before achieving board certification in applied behavior analysis. Amy began serving typical learners, and students with learning differences in 1998. While teaching, Amy employed differentiated instructional strategies to accommodate the various learning styles of her students. It was there that Amy developed a passion for serving students diagnosed with cognitive, behavioral and developmental differences.
Amy conducts functional behavior assessments to determine probable functions of behavior. Amy also conducts the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) to determine the client’s level of functioning, and to track the development of emerging skills. Amy designs learning programs for children who are acquiring language skills, social skills, pre-academic skills, adaptive skills (self-care), and play skills. Amy also designs treatment programs for adults who wish to learn new skills, and retain skills throughout the aging process.
Amy conducts therapies in the home, school, clinic, residential and vocational settings.
Amy is extremely excited about joining the SPACE Therapy Gym team. Amy is hopeful that every child can benefit from applied behavior analysis and the therapies that she delivers.