Meet The Staff

  • Erin Bernett, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Owner and Director
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP has over 17 years of experience helping children meet their communication potentials. Prior to establishing Monkey Mouths, Erin practiced with both Cook Children's Medical Center and Our Children's House Baylor. Erin developed the Sound Card System (SCS) from years of observations that her patients were visual learners and responded much quicker when they could see and feel sounds rather than just hearing them. In addition to visual cueing with SCS, Erin uses varied visual and tactile cues such as sign language, PROMPT therapy, Picture Exchange Communication System, Visualizing and Verbalizing by Nancy Bell M.S., CCC-SLP and visual pacing to make learning speech and language easier. Erin has implemented techniques from Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP and Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP in treating children with sensory-motor feeding and articulation disorders. Erin is also certified in NMES and uses Vital Stim Therapy in treating her patients with feeding and swallowing issues.  Erin has trained with Vincent Carbone PhD-BCBA, Mark Sundberg Phd-BCBA and Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC-SLP and Tamara Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP to work with children with apraxia or autism and apraxia.  In addition to her passion for treating patients with speech and language disorders, Erin also lectures on and treats children with vocal cord dysfunction and is trained in Myofascial Release Therapy.  Erin and her husband Matt have been married for 15 years.  They have one 9-year-old son, Carter.  They attend 121 Community Church in Grapevine where they lead a 5th grade Lifegroup.

  • Randa Avance, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst
  • Randa has over eight years of experience as a speech-language pathologist.  Before becoming a speech pathologist, Randa was a teacher for six years.  She is certified to teach Early Childhood through twelfth grade. Randa worked in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities through transition classrooms.  She has her minor in American Sign Language and worked with the deaf education population at Grapevine High School.  Prior to joining the Monkey Mouths team, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Plano Medical Center and at Our Children’s House at Baylor- Dallas.  Randa has had extensive training in oral motor and feeding therapy with such experts as Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy.  She is certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation therapy and provides Vital Stim Therapy.   She is trained in PROMPT and Picture Exchange Communication System.  Randa has received core vocabulary training through Gail Van Tatenhove M.S, CCC-SLP and fluency training though Nina Reardon-Reeves M.S., CCC-SLP.  Randa enjoys spending time with her husband and traveling.  They attend 121 Community Church in Grapevine and lead a Kindergarten Lifegroup.

  • Kim Dillon M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Ft. Worth
  • Jennifer Donlon, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Hurst
  • Jennifer Donlon, M.A., CCC-SLP has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for over 14 years.  Prior to joining Monkey Mouths, she worked in both public schools, and the private sector.  Jennifer gained public school experience in the Houston area working with preschool, elementary, and middle school students.  There she served on the district’s multidisciplinary assistive technology team, and serviced children with various speech, language, and learning disabilities.  In the private sector, Jennifer became certified in Interactive Metronome, and has worked with children with various communication disorders including apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, central auditory processing disorder, and feeding issues.  The extended training Jennifer received from Athena Oden, P.T. of Ready Bodies Learning Minds, enhances her skills at recognizing the role of sensory integration in learning.  She also has completed training with TalkTools Oral Placement Therapy as well as Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP for feeding therapy.  She has trained with Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC-SLP/Tamera Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP/BCBA in working with children with apraxia and autism. In addition, she is PROMPT certified.  Jennifer is trained in the administration of The Listening Program.  Having a child of her own with Sensory Processing Disorder, Jennifer’s passion is to help make a difference in the lives of children and their families.  Jennifer is married and has 2 children. In her spare time, she loves to read, create arts and crafts projects, and exercise.

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    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.