Our Staff

Karen A. Francioso-Howe

 For more than 25 years, Karen A. Francioso-Howe has been opening the doors to communication for children.

A speech-language pathologist who specializes in pediatrics, Karen has a background in oral-motor/articulation disorders, early childhood development, and autism/pervasive development disorders. She is also certified in PECS (Picture Communication Exchange Systems) Hanen It Takes Two To Talk, and has implemented a number of developmental programs for children and the profession.

Before her many years in private practice, Karen worked in educational and hospital settings, including Braintree Hospital, where she was a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist. During that time, she was also a member of the Pediatric Evaluation Team and served in a supervisory role. Subsequently, Karen joined the Project Spoke Collaborative and Easton School System, where she developed skills in the educational process. Karen enjoys the evaulation process and looks at the whole child. 

Karen has vast experience working with children, adolescents, parents, teachers, pediatricians, and professionals in occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior therapy and special education – a practice she continues today.

Karen is a member of ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) and the American Academy of Private Practice. In addition, she writes articles for Kidding Around and supervises students majoring in speech-language pathology from Stonehill College. Karen's love for teaching has expanded to the college level where she presents on speech-language development for Stonehill college students majoring in speech pathology. 

Karen currently lives in Easton, MA with her husband and three children. She is active in the schools as a parent and a professional. Karen recently is on the board of the Children's museum. When you choose Karen as a speech-language therapist, your child works one-on-one with an accomplished, experienced clinician whose love of her field has only grown over the years.

To contact Karen, call 508.238.1360 or click here.

“One of my greatest joys is being able to use my love of speech-language pathology to help children connect meaningfully with others." 




Meet Mary Jane Mullen 

Mary Jane is Passionate about helping her clients develop a thorough understanding of their individual communicative abilities and possibilities! At every stage of the process, from evaluation and diagnosis, to treatment plan design, through therapeutic services and discharge; her approach is client and family centered. In addition, she will work collaboratively with school based staff and therapists as well as physicians, to facilitate seamless coordination of her client's services.

A nationally certified and Massachusetts State licensed clinician, Mary Jane has 17+ years experience working with preschoolers to adults in public and private educational settings, group homes and private practice. She has treated individuals with articulation, phonological, language-based learning, auditory processing, fluency, voice and social-pragmatic disorders. Her particular areas of interest include speech and sound disorders, language-based learning and auditory processing issues, as well as children and adolescents with social-pragmatic needs.

A member of Lesley University's Graduate School of Education adjunct faculty, Mary Jane has also presented on auditory processing disorders to local physicians and parents. In addition to her professional activities, Mary Jane is active in her community. She is a member of the Easton Cultural District's Marketing Subcommittee and a producer and host for Easton Community Access Television. 






Meet Ashley Burgess

Ashley Burgess received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and her Master of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in 2014 from Boston University. She holds both a Massachusetts State license and Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

During her graduate studies, Ashley participated in a variety of clinical externships that allowed her to provide speech and language services to children in the early intervention population with receptive and expressive delays, autism spectrum disorders, and feeding and swallowing difficulties. In addition to this, she has experience with evaluating and treating other communication disorders including articulation and phonological disorders, stuttering, social-pragmatic deficits, and hearing impairments.

Ashley is a passionate therapist who enjoys working in a pediatrics and school setting. Currently, she holds a full time position in the school setting working with students with developmental delays, Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, multiple disabilities, auditory processing disorders, and language-based learning disabilities. She particularly enjoys working with alternative and augmentative communication systems that best match the individual needs of each child. Serving as a member of a school team herself, Ashley understands the importance of school-based services; therefore, she works closely with her client’s families and educational teams to problem-solve, assess intervention strategies, and enhance communication success across all therapeutic settings.

Ashley attends continuing education workshops to further expand her skills and knowledge in the field of speech language pathology. She has an enthusiasm for helping children achieve their full potential, while providing their families with the necessary tools and education to maximize their progress beyond the therapy room. Ashley enjoys the opportunity to make a difference in each client’s life. Ashley enjoys creating unique, individualized treatment sessions that are tailored to fit each individual child’s needs and personality. Each aspect of therapy allows her to give personally of herself and she finds it rewarding to know that she has made a difference while having fun.