Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 12 years. Prior to starting at Monkey Mouths as the clinical director of the Ft. Worth clinic, she worked at Therapy 2000 home health agency. During that time, Patricia served as a Team Manager II supervising a team of speech therapists and mentoring other team managers. In addition to management duties, she provided mentoring for therapists in feeding and hearing disorders in addition to serving her own patients. Patricia has also previously worked at Arlington Memorial Hospital as the primary pediatric outpatient therapist with cross-training in adult acute care. She has collaborated with occupational therapists, case managers, physical therapists, referring pediatricians and specialty physicians (ENTs, GI, pulmonologists, neurologists, dietitians, etc) and social workers in both settings to provide the best services for each of the patients she has served. Patricia has extensive education and training in working with children with autism (SCERTS model by Barry Prizant, The Hanen Program More Than Words), apraxia of speech (Kaufman Apraxia System, PROMPT/Advanced PROMPT Bridging, Deborah Beckman Oral Motor approach, Talk Tools), cleft palate/lip and velopharyngeal dysfunction, voice disorders, articulation and phonological processing disorders (Sound Card System, Hodson Approach to Phonological Disorders), language disorders (The Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk, Tamara Kaspar Sign to Talk), and fluency disorders. Patricia has experience with programming and integrating alternative augmentative communication into daily activities (Dynavox/Mayer Johnson, Tobii, IPAD/My Talk and ProLoQuo2Go, CommLink 3G, PRC, PECS, Tango, LAMP), therapeutic handling for support, and modifications for children with visual impairments. Patricia is passionate about feeding and hearing disorders and has training which includes Advanced Vital Stim, MBSS (Jeri Logeman), G-tube weaning and transitioning to oral feedings (Marsha Dunn Klein), SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, Special Populations in Feeding: Extreme Food Hyperselectivity, Frasier Water Protocol, Get Permission Approach to Feeding, Breathing, Digestion, and Swallowing in High Risk Infants, AVT techniques for hearing impairment (attended TCU Listening and Spoken Language Summer Institute), use of amplification (BAHA, FM systems), and some sign language. She has provided patient/family training on Passy Muir Valve to produce voice and support safe swallowing for patients with a tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependence, and assists in successful carryover of home programs. Patricia encourages interactive, positive therapy with patients that involves parents/family for meaningful experiences that can be carried into the home and community. Patricia loves watching hockey, attending TCU football games, traveling, singing, and spending time with her husband David.
In 3 months, we have seen so much progress. We are so happy having Robert at Monkey Mouths. His teachers, friends and relatives have all noticed the improvement. He can finally say “Milk” when... more
Robyn was not speaking in sentences and saying very few words. She seemed to come alive once she began hippotherapy. She loves the horses and it has changed all of our lives. Debbie... more
I have always heard Monkey Mouths is the Best! Kim C.; mother of Ben with hearing impairment
Monkey Mouths is dedicated to alleviating injustice at the local, national and international levels. In addition to regular support of many local charities, beginning May 1, 2011, Monkey Mouths will donate a portion of all income to the International Justice Mission (IJM) IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for children who are victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.