First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

119 episodes of First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast since the first episode, which aired on June 15th, 2018.

  • 118: Family Mealtime Support for our Friends with Tubies - Dr. Marion Russell, OTD, MOTR/L, SCEF

    September 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Dr. Marion Russell, OTD, MOTR/L, SCEF - In this episode Michelle is by the oh-so-joyful Dr. Marion Russell, OTD, MOTR/L, SCEFS, from NoTube.com. Dr. Marion is part of the world renowned “No Tube” Interdisciplinary Therapy Center in Graz, Austria, where they work with families, (both face-to-face and remotely), to assist pediatric patient’s overcome feeding tube dependency…through functional evidenced based practice! In this hour, Dr. Marion discusses the roles and responsibilities of the various members of the team, medical readiness of the candidate, with specific emphasis placed on restoring the heart of mealtime: the healthy relationship between the child, their family/caregiver, and the meal. So, bust out your picnic tablecloth, get your messy feeding clothes ready, and be prepped for an hour of celebrating feeding victories!

  • 117: Learning to Listen with Jenine a LSLS Certified AVT SLP - Jenine Entwistle Viole, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

    September 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Jenine Entwistle Viole, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT - In this episode Michelle is joined by the Jenine Entwistle Viole, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, a Speech-Language Pathologist and Auditory-Verbal therapist with Pediatric Speech and Language Services in North Carolina…and if we are lucky her sidekick Dennis the Golden Doodle, honorary SLP, will join in too! Have you ever worked with a little one who had hearing loss and felt as if you were missing “something” to help them reach their functional language goals? Jenine is here to explain what an Auditory-Verbal Therapist is and how the specialized training and certification process supplies the evidence for that “something” you felt was missing. This is the perfect follow-up episode to compliment Dakota Sharpe, AuD, CCC-A in “The Journey of Cochlear Implants”, from First Bite Episode #109.

  • 116: Quick Tips for a Successful Feeding Therapy Session - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    September 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the powerhouse that is Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, when they break down some of their favorite tips for conducting a successful Feeding Therapy Session. If you are struggling with creating optimal position for PO intake, Erin and Michelle will help provide strategies that are low cost to no cost. Have you consider how “busy” the therapy room may appear to the patient that you’re working with…and how that will impact their ability to attend to the activity? Erin and Michelle offer guidance on how to declutter that clinic space and why! Are you feeling frustrated by challenging behaviors during your session…and not sure which steps you need to take to help ease the storm? Erin and Michelle have ideas to bring the calm! Tune in for an hour of evidenced based feeding strategies that work!

  • 115: Expanding Your Evidence Based Triangle for Pediatric Feeding Disorders with Alyson, Erin, and Michelle - Alyson Smith, MS, CCC-SLP

    September 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Alyson Smith, MS, CCC-SLP - This episode combines the great minds of Alyson Smith, MS CCC-SLP from @ei.teletherapy on Instagram, Erin Forward, MSP CCC_SLP, and Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC, where they deep dive into evidence based intervention for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders. Join this electrifying trio as they tackle what the true definition of evidenced-based practice is for PFDs, move into explaining exercise principles, and discuss how to implement EBP strategies in your Early Intervention Clinic or Home-Based Services. These three women are on a mission to bring fabulously functional tips to your practice via an hour packed with laughter and #SLPNerdCrushes.

  • 114: Questions for Contract Employees during COVID-19 - Morgan Mitchell

    August 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Morgan Mitchell - In this episode Michelle is joined by once again by Morgan Mitchell, Senior Recruiter with Elevation Healthcare, who last joined us for Episode 101 “Considerations for that Contract Job”. Today he comes back to provide specific advice regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic for both Current Contract Employees and Potential Contract Employees, as they head back to their local schools this Fall. Morgan was gracious enough to spend another hour with us to offer functional advice on what questions contract employees should ask their employers regarding COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Service Delivery options, as well as EBP resources for service delivery during this ever changing time, and tips on what to do in the event that a Clinician should become quarantined. Bottom line…be safe, be strong, be kind, be patient… and wear your mask.

  • 113: The Evidence Regarding NMES for Pediatrics - Rick McAdoo, MS, CCC-SLP

    August 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Rick McAdoo, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Rick McAdoo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Vice-President and Co-Founder of Ampcare, LLC, an FDA registered medical device and services company in Fort Worth, TX, and adjunct professor at his alma mater, TCU. The efficacy of utilization of NMEs as a potential treatment for Pediatric Oropharyngeal Dysphagia is controversial… check any professional Facebook page for the commentary thread and it can get heated, (to say the least). In this episode, Rick, whose career has focused on the evidence of treatment for utilizing Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) to facilitate better and faster therapeutic outcomes in dysphagia, shares all the details and implications for its use in pediatrics… and y’all it’s a dozey guaranteed to leave you spinning! If you’ve lost referrals to the hospital out-pt clinic down the street who offers NMES for infants, be sure to tune in, because the evidence will joyfully surprise you!

  • 112: More Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders with Dr. Angela - Angela McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP

    August 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Angela McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined once again by Angela N. McLeod, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, who is a Clinical Associate Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the University of SC, that has also obtained certification as a qualified orofacial myologist (QOM). This is the sequel to Dr. Angela’s first appearance in Episode #103 “Mythbusting Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders”. Today Dr. Angela discusses who is an appropriate pediatric candidate for orofacial myofunctional therapy, with emphasis on developmental age, prerequisites to participation, what an evaluation includes, and what an evidenced based treatment session includes. There’s a lot of ground to cover with these two ladies, so hang tight for another mythbusing session!

  • 111: It’s More than ‘Picky Eating’… Three Multifaceted Case Studies - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    August 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 7 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle and Erin tackle three complex Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) Cases. Join them as they walk through the first steps of identifying signs and symptoms, navigate the complexity of the Interprofessional Practice diagnostic process, address some potential EBP treatment options, and then discuss a recovery plan for when the inevitable “kaboom” of a communication breakdown occurs between practitioners. If you have questions about the initial red flags for EOE, Neurogenic based PFD, and how to establish ideal communication between practitioners, then this is the Clinical Case Study Hour for you!

  • 110: Behind the Scenes of AAC - Wyatt Franken

    July 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 12 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Wyatt Franken - In this episode Michelle is joined by Wyatt Franken, Augmentative Communication Consultant with Talk to Me Technologies. Wyatt, who has a BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, from University of Northern Iowa, is here today to talk about all the nitty gritty details that go on behind the scenes in the process of AAC trials. Have you been worried about what options are out there? Curious about the trends in AAC? What about the little details, such as how do you get assistance with an AAC mount…or who orders those mounts? Have you wondered how long the typical AAC trial is? Or how many devices most folks go through before they find the right one? Or…and this is the big one…have you been questioning what exactly is needed in an AAC report for submission and approval? Wonderful Wyatt is here to answer all those questions and more! So enjoy this behind-the-scenes look into the world of AAC!

  • 109: The Journey of Cochlear Implants - Dakota Sharp, AuD, CCC-A​

    July 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Dakota Sharp, AuD, CCC-A​ - In this episode Michelle is joined by Dakota Sharp, AuD, CCC-A is a clinical assistant professor and audiologist at the University of South Carolina Montgomery-Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Today Dr. Dakota lays out the steps entailed in the process of obtaining a cochlear implant! Have you ever wondered which one of your patients is a candidate for a CI? Or are you unfamiliar with hearing aid technology and unsure of the difference between a CI and other hearing devices? Or do you have a patient that has a CI, but have heard that there are newer features… and you want all the exciting news? Dr. Dakota will shed light on the all the steps and is ready to answer your questions too! Enjoy y’all!

  • 108: Top Tips for Starting out as a Clinical Supervisor - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    July 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 6 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined once again by her dynamite First Bite partner, Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, where they take on the topic of Clinical Supervision…for a newbie! The lovely Erin, like so many other SLP’s out there, is coming down the home stretch for when she can serve the next round of Clinicians as their Clinical Practicum Supervisor! There’s no better time than now to cover all the amazing supports, supervision requirement changes, research, and practical application strategies for being successful Supervisor! Have you thought about venturing into the world of Clinical Supervision, but not sure where to start? Michelle and Erin will share the fabulous resources to set you and your future students for success!

  • 107: EBP for Blenderized Tube Feedings - Melissa Blandford, MS, RD, LDN

    July 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Melissa Blandford, MS, RD, LDN - In this episode Michelle is joined by Melissa Blandford - Development Manager for Real Food Blends for the East Coast. Melissa, who has over 20 years of experience working with enteral pediatric patients in the home setting, as well as with DME companies to assist with billing, insurance, and trouble shooting use and approval of enteral feedings in the home setting, is here for an hour to discuss all things EBP for Blenderized Tube Feedings (BTF). Have you worked with a little one with a tubie who has struggled with constipation, retching, GERD management issues? How about the little ones that also struggle with the sugar crashes between tube feedings…because their commercial tube feeds are primarily a “-ose” as in “fructose” or “sucrose”? Well then join Michelle and Melissa for an hour of sugarfree delight while they fill your cup with evidence behind the need for putting real food in a tube!

  • 106: Feeding Therapy in an ABA Center with Dani from ‘The Messy SLP’ - Dani Newcomb, MS, CCC-SLP

    June 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 11 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Dani Newcomb, MS CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Dani Newcombe, MS CCC-SLP, the delightfully candid Pediatric Feeding SLP blogger behind The Messy SLP, where she shares bits and pieces of what it's like to be a "messy perfectionist". Dani, who currently works as an SLP in an autism therapy center in South Bend, Indiana, has traveled the country in the pursuit of her passion… delivering EBP Feeding Services to those in need! Today she shares how we can work collaboratively with our ABA Colleagues in the somewhat contentious area of “Feeding”. Yes, you read that right, how to work collaboratively with ABA Colleagues in the world of Pediatric Feeding Disorders…and trust Dani and Michelle…it is possible! Enjoy the hour filled with real life trials and tribulations, lessons learned from past failures, and how to set your tiny human up for Feeding Success!

  • 105: The Curious Crossroads of BCBA and CCC's - Sari Risen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, BCBA

    June 17th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Sari Risen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, BCBA - In this episode Michelle is joined by Sari Risen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, BCBA, from Toronto, Canada, and they tackle the complicated topic of ABA Therapy and Speech Therapy…within the framework of the fields working collaboratively! Join the ladies as Sari takes First Bite Listeners on an Interprofessional Education tour of the process it takes to earn a BCBA certification, explains the differences and similarities between the terminology of the ABA and SLP worlds, and shares the theory of language acquisition that is the framework for the BCBA approach. Extra tidbit…there’s a mini crash course on the differences between licenses in the States and Canada! Here’s hoping that this crossroads conversations can lead to collaboration at a local level.

  • 104: Research Reviews for the Real World - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    June 10th, 2020  |  1 hr 18 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined again by her regular First Bite Co-Host, Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, and they share some recent research in the world of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders! Today, Michelle and Erin address 5 different research articles covering everything from laryngomalacia and a supraglottaplasty repair to a systematic weaning protocol of thickened for little ones with a past medical history that includes aspiration. The ladies of First Bite are hitting up some of their favorite journals including “JAMA-Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery”, “The Journal of Pediatrics”, and “The Laryngoscope” to name a few! Enjoy the research review and how they build a bridge to real world applications of clinical case studies!

  • 103: Mythbusting Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders - Angela McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP

    June 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Angela McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Angela N. McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP, who is a Clinical Associate Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the University of SC, that has also obtained certification as a qualified orofacial myologist (QOM). Are you new to the words “orofacial myologist” and unclear what it is and how it works within the field of Speech-Language Pathology? Have you worried that orofacial myology is synonymous with non-evidenced based oral motor exercises? Or, (like Michelle until just recently), are you too laboring upon the misinformation that all orofacial myologists are proponents of cutting tethered tissues? Well, then come join the gracious and compassionate Dr. Angela for an hour of mythbusting that is sure to inspire us all in the pursuit of additional coursework! Wahoo for EBP drive SLPs!