Meet The Staff

  • Chelsey Garrett, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Coppell
  • I’m Chelsey Garrett, M.S., CCC-SLP and joined Monkey Mouths in May 2019.  I graduated from Abilene Christian University where I earned my undergraduate and master’s degrees.  Prior to joining Monkey Mouths, I worked in pediatric hospital and home health settings.

    I believe 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. My previous experiences have taught me 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, in my opinion is the best compliment to receive from my young clients!  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 my spare time my hobbies include reading, running, shopping and cooking.

    As an SLP with over 4 years of experience, I have training and specialization in the following:

    • Sound Card System
    • Vital Stim Therapy
    • S.O.S. Feeding Therapy
  • Alicia Hindman, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Fort Worth/Hurst
  • I’m Alicia Hindman, M.A., CCC-SLP and I joined Monkey Mouths in 2018 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Kansas.  I completed my Clinical Fellowship year under the supervision of Mary Brezik and Lindsey Hockel. 

    I enjoy 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 my free time I enjoy travelling, going to the movies, watching Baylor football and KU basketball and spending time with my family, friends and dog.

    As an SLP with over 1 year of experience, I have training and specialization in the following:

    • Sound Card System
    • Kaufman Apraxia System
    • PROMPT
    • Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing/Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP
    • OMT Specialty Training by Patricia Gurinskey, M.S., CCC-SLP/OMT
    • Ampcare's Effective Swallowing Protocol (ESP)
  • Lindsey Hockel, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst
  • I’m Lindsey Hockel, M.S., CCC-SLP and I joined Monkey Mouths in 2016.  I hold a B.S. in Psychology from TCU and a Masters in Communication Disorders from UT Dallas. I’ve also been nominated as a "Mom-Approved Therapist" by DFW Child Magazine.

    I enjoy treating a variety of speech sound disorders and I use a range of techniques to help children with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, and apraxia of speech achieve improved intelligibility and communication.  I have a firm belief that everyone deserves a voice and I love working on language with all children, whether they are verbal or non-verbal. I find joy in helping my patients understand the world around them as well as communicate their wants, needs, feelings, and ideas. I also regularly teach both PRC (LAMP Words for Life) and AssistiveWare (ProLoQuo2Go) communication systems.

    I am also a feeding therapist, combining my 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.  I am a big believer in reducing mealtime stress as quickly as possible.

    My therapy style is fun and energetic, and I’m a big believer in the power of play. There is no single therapy approach that works for every patient, however, so I adapt my style to the individual child. Some sessions are extremely structured, and others follow the child's lead. One aspect of my therapy style is consistent, however- family involvement. I have seen time and time again that a child's family is instrumental to their progress. In fact, one of my favorite parts of being a Speech Language Pathologist is connecting with families.

    Over the years I have 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 I am happy to guide families and children step-by-step to success through an individualized approach. I’m a big believer in "progress, not perfection" and have seen firsthand that effective communication is power - with it comes increased self-esteem and improved quality of life for the whole family.

    In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, attending comedy shows, and spending time with my friends and family. My husband, Eric and I also spend a lot of time keeping the peace between our grumpy cat, LuLu and energetic puppy, Kaiser.

    As an SLP with over 4 years of experience, I have training and specialization in the following:

    • PROMPT Therapy/Advanced PROMPT Bridging
    • Sound Card System
    • Kaufman Apraxia System 
    • Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing/ Edith Strand PhD, CCC-SLP
    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS) - Level 1
    • SOS Approach to Feeding
    • CAN-EAT with Krisi Brackett
    • Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP
    • DIR Floortime
  • Brooke James, M.S., SLP-Intern
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst
  • I’m Brooke James, M.S., SLP-Intern and I joined Monkey Mouths in May 2019 as a SLP-Intern under the supervision of Randi Thomas.  I earned my undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and my Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

    I believe that play can be purposeful.  Integrating therapy into play can support and refine the child’s skills while making speech therapy fun!  I strive to create an environment where children feel comfortable and encouraged to be their best, regardless of difficulty or diagnosis. Any child is capable of greatness given the tools to be successful and I love serving families to find what works best for their individual child.

    In my spare time I enjoy traveling, listening to live music and taking my dog Tux to the park.

    As an SLP with almost 1 year of experience, I have training and specialization in the following:

    • Sound Card System
    • DIR Floortime
    • Simon Says: Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)
    • Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing with Joan Arverdson Ph,D, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD, BRS-S, ASHA Fellow
    • Kaufman Apraxia System
    • Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy

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