Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2015 as the Clinical Director of the Ft. Worth clinic and has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 12 years. Prior to Monkey Mouths she worked at Therapy 2000 home health agency, serving as a Team Manager II and 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 also worked at Arlington Memorial Hospital as the primary pediatric outpatient therapist with cross-training in adult acute care. She collaborated with occupational therapists, case managers, physical therapists, referring pediatricians, 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 served. Patricia has extensive education and training in working with autistic children (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.
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
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
I feel that the therapists are very child-centered, caring and great at working with kids. Jeanne C.; mother to Jackson with Down syndrome
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