Meet The Staff
Chelsey Garrett, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in May 2019 as a Speech Language Pathologist with over 4 years of experience in pediatric hospital and home health settings. Chelsey graduated from Abilene Christian University where she earned her undergraduate and Masters degrees.
Chelsey is trained speech intelligibility techniques with the use of the Sound Card System. Her Oral Motor/Feeding techniques include Vital Stim and the Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy program (S.O.S.).
Chelsey believes that therapy should be dynamic and fun! Kids learn best through play, and when you can engage multiple senses (sight, smell, sound, touch, taste, and/or movement) they are more likely to learn and remember what was taught. Her previous experiences have taught her that when kids are having fun, they want to come to therapy and they forget they are working hard. Rather than having tears at the beginning, the tears appear at the end because they don’t want to leave. This is, in her opinion, the best compliment to receive from her young clients!
A note from Chelsey regarding her style and phliosophy: A mentor of mine once told me “everyone has a sign around their neck that says ‘Make me feel important’.” This is an ideal I try to implement daily because each child and family is walking a unique journey. Building a foundation of positive rapport and making each person feel that they are receiving individualized attention is how effective therapy begins. Additionally, a child’s success very rarely can be achieved solely during the limited amount of time in direct therapy. The parent/caregiver plays a significant role in the long lasting success to maintain functional communication and feeding abilities taught in therapy. I love working closely with parents to empower them to carryover therapeutic strategies to the home environment. In my opinion, sharing in the parent's wonder and excitement when these strategies are a success in the home is priceless!
In her spare time Chelsea’s hobbies include reading, running, shopping and cooking.
Alecia Hays, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in July 2019 as a Speech Language Pathologist with over 21 years of experience in home health, school and skilled nursing facility settings. She earned her undergraduate at Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s at Towson State University.
Alecia has training in Apraxia and speech intelligibility techniques with use of the Sound Card System and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. Her Oral Motor/Feeding techniques include training with Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP and her fluency techniques include training with Nina Reardon-Reeves M.S., CCC-SLP. She has also been trained in augmentative communications techniques including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and she is certified in the administration of Fast Forward Auditory Processing products.
Alecia works not only with the patient but the entire family to help children achieve their maximum communication and feeding/swallowing potential. She believes that therapy should be functional AND fun.
In her spare time Alecia enjoys swimming, travelling and spending time with her family and dogs.
Alicia Hindman, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2018 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Kansas. Alicia completed her Clinical Fellowship year under the supervision of Mary Brezik and Lindsey Hockel. Alicia has training in Apraxia and speech intelligibility techniques with use of the Sound Card System and the Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System. She is also trained in Oral-Myofunctional Techniques with use of OMT Specialty Training by Patricia Gurinskey, M.S., CCC-SLP/OMT. Alicia enjoys providing children with the tools they need to be successful with communication and feeding in order to improve their overall quality of life. Therapy should be fun, engaging and focused on making functional change in the child’s life. In her free time Alicia enjoys travelling, going to the movies, watching Baylor football and KU basketball and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
Lindsey Hockel, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2016 and holds a B.S. in Psychology from TCU and a Masters in Communication Disorders from UT Dallas. Lindsey has also been nominated as a "Mom-Approved Therapist" by DFW Child Magazine.
Lindsey is a PROMPT Bridging trained therapist and enjoys treating a variety of speech sound disorders. She uses a range of techniques to help children with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and apraxia of speech achieve improved intelligibility and communication. These techniques include the Sound Card System, Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System, and Edythe Strand's Apraxia Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing. A passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and firm belief that everyone deserves a voice, has led Lindsey to become PECS Level 1 trained. She also regularly teaches both PRC (LAMP Words for Life) and AssistiveWare (ProLoQuo2Go) communication systems. Lindsey loves working on language with all children whether they are verbal or non-verbal. She finds joy in helping her patients understand the world around them, as well as communicate their wants, needs, feelings, and ideas.
Lindsey is also a feeding therapist who combines her knowledge of sensory, oral-motor, behavioral, and medical factors to effectively treat children who have restricted diets or who cannot safely consume a healthy variety of foods. She is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Krisi Brackett's CAN-EAT Approach, as well as Lori Overland Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy techniques. Lindsey is a big believer in reducing stress at meal times as quickly as possible.
Lindsey's therapy style is fun and energetic as she is a big believer in the power of play. There is no single therapy approach that works for every patient, however, so Lindsey adapts her style to the individual child. Some sessions are extremely structured, and others follow the child's lead. One aspect of Lindsey's therapy style is consistent, however- family involvement. Lindsey has seen time and time again that a child's family is instrumental to their progress. In fact, one of Lindsey's favorite parts of being a Speech Language Pathologist is connecting with families.
Over the years Lindsey has enjoyed working closely with late talkers, picky eaters, children who stutter, children with Down syndrome, children on the Autism spectrum, as well as children with a variety of speech and language disorders. No matter the diagnosis - progress can be made and Lindsey is happy to guide families and children step-by-step to success through an individualized approach. She is a big believer in "progress, not perfection" and has seen firsthand that effective communication is power - with it comes increased self-esteem and improved quality of life for the whole family.
In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys traveling, attending comedy shows, and spending time with her friends and family. Lindsey and her husband, Eric, also spend a lot of time keeping the peace between their grumpy cat, LuLu, and energetic puppy, Kaiser.
"Tyron began showing signs of frustration when people didn't understand him. I wanted to give him the best possible chance as he got ready to start school. Ms. Lindsey has done that for him. He... more