Nikki Wensel Rustad, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2006 and has been sharing the power of communication with children and their parents for over 20 years. Prior to joining Monkey Mouths she worked for Children's Medical Center of Dallas and was in management at Cook Children's Medical Center as the graduate student liaison. Nikki has a passion for educating families on the power of play (90% of what preschoolers learn at school is through play) and has trained with the Social Thinking Program designed by Michelle Garcia Winner M.A., CCC-SLP. She also has significant experience with behavioral and communication strategies for children with autism including training with Vincent Carbone PhD, ABA, Mark Sundburg PhD, BCBA, Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA, Crafting Connections program, and Love and Logic. Based on a child's specific needs, Nikki has used auditory-verbal techniques and total communication to treat speech and language issues related to hearing impairment. She uses PROMPT therapy, the Sound Card System and the Kaufman Apraxia System in treating her patients with motor-planning disorders and apraxia. Nikki has had extensive training in oral motor and feeding issues with such experts as Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Catherine Shaker, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Jeri Logemann PhD, CCC-SLP. Nikki loves to use books whenever she can, which is what prompted her to begin utilizing the Literacy Speaks program. She believes that therapy should be fun and functional and that parent education is crucial for each child's success. Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband Eric (who is also a speech pathologist) and their son. She also loves baking, gardening, volunteering, and decorating for the holidays.
Ethan C. loves therapy because it is fun!
The therapists at Monkey Mouths continually educate themselves with the most current and relevant therapeutic techniques. They relate to children of all abilities in a very personal and... more
Alex J. loves having a good time at speech. Whether he’s movin’ or shakin’, there’s always a reason for a good PECS exchange!
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