First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • 83: The Power of Prompting and Push-In for AAC - Stephen Kneece MA CCC-SLP

    January 15th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Stephen Kneece MA CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined once again by Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP, who serves as the President-Elect-Elect of SCSHA (South Carolina Speech-Language Hearing Association), the CEO/Founder of Speech and Language Songs, as well as a graduate of the ASHA LDP (Leadership Development Program). Today Stephen, who works as an Assistive Technology Consultant for his local school district, discusses the concept of “Prompting Hierarchy” and how to use it effectively with AAC, as well as pros and cons of utilizing a “Push-In” model for AAC in an Elementary School and in a Daycare for Early Intervention. The guru behind “Speech and Language Songs”, found on YouTube and Instagram, packs quite the perky punch in this episode… bonus points… he can really rock that guitar and solo vocals!

  • 82: Adventures in Feeding with Melanie Potock - Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP

    January 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the one and only Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP, author of the critically acclaimed and widely successful books “Raising a Healthy Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating” (2015),“Baby Self-Feeding: Solutions for Introducing Purees and Solids to Create Lifelong Healthy Eating Habits (2016)”. And the popular food activity book, titled “Adventures in Veggieland: Help Your Kids Learn to Love Vegetables with 100 Easy Activities and Recipes (2018)”. Melanie serves up a scrumptious hour jammed pack with busting “Baby-Led Weaning” myths, elaborating on her “3 Easy E’s”, and highlighting some of her favorite family mealtime tips from other cultures and how they can encourage healthy eating habits for your little one…as well as infuse joy into a home!

  • 81: Common Pediatric Medications and Their Role in Feeding and Swallowing Disorders - Lisa Milliken, MA CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP

    December 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Lisa Milliken, MA CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Lisa Young Milliken, MA, CCC, FNAP, CDP, who received her BA from Louisiana Tech University and her MA from The University of Memphis in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Have you had questions regarding that laundry list of medications that your pediatric patient is taking? No fear and no shame from us here at First Bite…. because we have had the same questions too! Did you know that certain common medications for GERD and seizure management could trigger an oroprharyngeal dysphagia, trigger constipation, or result in bone density issues? As Clinicians we need to understand how the medications that our patients are taking can impact their hunger cues and desire for PO trials, or contribute to safety issues for PO intake… and Lisa is here to clarify the muddy waters that is pediatric medications.

  • 80: Merry Memories: EBP Lessons Learned From Our Mistakes - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    December 23rd, 2019  |  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 by co-host Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, where they discuss a fair few of their Many Merry Mistakes in the world of Early Intervention and Pediatric Speech Language Pathology…but more importantly they discuss the Evidenced Based Practice life lessons they learned from them. The daily struggle of time management, from both a scheduling perspective and from within a session, are attended to, as well as lessons and strategies learned from past breakdowns in crucial conversations between Clinicians and Caregivers regarding EBP treatment and caregiver misconceptions…and interspersed over the entire hour is the power behind the word “No”! The aim is to reignite your fire for our field at the end of the year when your hearth may be smoldering instead of burning bright…all via a Merry look at our past Mistakes.

  • 79: Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions for the Early Intervention SLP - Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, F-NAP

    December 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, F-NAP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the esteemed Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, National Director at EBS Healthcare, ASHA Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice (NAP), as well as author of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th edition” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018). Today they address the tough questions… common ethical issues that Early Intervention SLPs face each day. Billing concerns, patient abandonment, and the new 2020 ASHA Code of Ethics updates are all covered in this episode that is designed to lift your spirits, get that knot of dread out of your stomach, and leave you feeling refreshed for the start of the new year!

  • 78: Behind the Scenes of BCS-S, Dysphagia Research Society, and more with Donna Edwards - Donna Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

    December 11th, 2019  |  57 mins 22 secs
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Donna Edwards, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow - In this episode Michelle is joined by Donna Edwards, an Associate Professor, author, inventor, national/international speaker and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University. Now we have all felt isolated in the world of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, especially when it comes to evidenced based strategies for evaluations and interventions…overlooked by the massive amount of data for our adult peers and the apparent scant for pediatrics…but that changes today! Donna is here to provide her inside first hand experience, knowledge, and expertise about the amazing endeavors that are being undertaken by various organizations, (BCS-S, The Dysphagia Research Society, and ASHA SIG 13), to not only fill the void, but to propel us forward!! Three cheers and “Hooah” are in order for this uplifting hour!

  • 77: Easing the Transition From EI to Schools for Our Feeding and Swallowing Friends - Emily Homer, CCC-SLP, MA, ASHA Fellow

    December 4th, 2019  |  59 mins 26 secs
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Emily Homer, CCC-SLP, MA, ASHA Fellow - In this episode Michelle is joined by the author of Management of Swallowing and Feeding in Schools Emily M. Homer, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow! If you have ever been concerned about transitioning your patient from the world of Early Intervention into the Local Education Agency, (LEA), then after this hour you should be armed with knowledge and peace of mind about options to support and ease your little one’s transition. Are you concerned about who will provide services for feeding and swallowing in the LEA? What about if the CCC-SLP at the LEA can make referrals to the medical community? OR…and this is a biggie for the EI CCC-SLP…what can you do to ease the transition from EI to LEA for your patient? Don’t worry Emily Homer, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, will equip you today!

  • 76: Food Allergies, Friendsgiving, and You! - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    December 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode the dynamic duo of Michelle and Erin are back to discuss breaking bread on “Friendsgiving”. Should we try Aunt Jenny’s tuna casserole? Or is Uncle Scott’s “World Famous Oyster Stuffing” really that famous? Or is the shellfish/gluten combo going to send us running…straight for the medicine cabinet? Or have you been tasked with the hosting assignment this year and don’t know where to begin? (And we’re not talking about the difficult table-scaping decisions J)
    This yummy hour addresses the difference between an allergen vs an intolerance, common food allergy families are mapped out, and resources on where to go to learn more are offered. Don’t worry, by the end we might just have the perfect stuffing recommendations and have resolved which set of china to use too!

  • 75: Clinical Supervision as told by the SLP President of DC! (.1 ASHA CEU) - Kari Comer, MS CCC-SLP

    November 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 31 secs
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Kari Comer, MS CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the passionate and multiple-hat wearing Current President of the Washington D.C. Speech Language Hearing Association Kari Comer, MS CCC-SLP. In this critical hour Kari dispels fears, speaks truths, and carries you away with her call to action to “BE A Clinical Supervisor”! Our students and the future of our profession is reliant upon YOU to answer this call! This episode not only educates you to the upcoming ASHA 2020 Clinical Supervision requirement changes, but wait-for-it, it ALSO meets one of those requirements as a continuing education hour! Enjoy folks… and get ready to sign-up for a student soon!

  • 74: The Positive Power of Interprofessional Practice for Pediatric Dysphagia - Megan Richmond, DHA, MS CCC-SLP, CLC

    November 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Megan Richmond, DHA, MS CCC-SLP, CLC - In this episode Michelle is joined by Megan Richmond, DHA, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC, a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over eighteen years of clinical and research experience, who is also trained in yoga for the special child through Kripalu. Dr. Megan’s unique background of research on best practices for Interprofessional Practice when treating Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders is a special treat for this episode. She too was frustrated by traditional “silo” approaches to therapy, so she dove into the field with a desire to learn “How do we fix this?” and long story short it became her life’s work for 4 years of intense study. The end result, one amazing journey towards a Doctorate in Health Administration, and a new zeal to share that information with colleagues around the globe! Be inspired with laughter and light when these two nerdy SLP gals take on Interprofessional Practice!

  • 73: Private Practice Woes and Wows with “Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists” - Leah Ringled, MA CCC-SLP and Julieanne Granados, MEd CCC-SLP

    November 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guests: Leah Ringled, MA CCC-SLP and Julieanne Granados, MEd CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the dynamic duo behind Southeastern Communication and Swallowing Specialists, Mrs. Leah Ringled, MA CCC-SLP, and Mrs. Julieanne Granados, Med CCC-SLP! In this powerful hour, the ladies share functional private practice advice for all those working in both rural settings, as well as in communities that are heavily military based. Not only do they bring up concerns for staffing and communicating with physicians that are farther away, but they immediately offer solutions that are easy to implement and have you laughing along the way! This one is good for functional learning and for lifting your dirt-road driving spirits!

  • 72: Case Studies for Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Down Syndrome - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    October 30th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 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 once again joined by the passionate Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP. Together they spend an hour dedicated to dissecting common airway, cardiac, and GI issues prevalent with Infants, Toddlers, and Children who have Down syndrome, and how these can result in a Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders. Special attention is placed on how airway, cardiac, and GI issues can occur in isolation, but often for our patients with Down syndrome, they occur concomitantly. Appropriate Interprofessional Practice referrals, Functional Feeding strategies, and shout outs for the amazing work that the National Down syndrome Society is doing… are all on the menu too!

  • 71: Psyched about Psychology and Feeding! - Robert M. Dempster, PhD

    October 24th, 2019  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Robert M. Dempster, PhD - In this episode Michelle is joined by the dynamic Dr. Robert Dempster, Pediatric Psychologist, who specializes in research and practice of pediatric feeding disorders! Have you ever wondered what exactly a psychologist on a feeding team does? Have you been worried that they force a bite? Or been concerned that they use mind control superpowers to encourage PO intake? Well, then let Dr. Rob put those comedic fears at ease as he presents the vital role a psychologist has in treating the child holistically, engages families and caregivers in a positive encouraging manner, and provides evidenced based strategies to encourage PO intake, as well as functional strategies to support carryover between feeding therapy sessions. This is one mighty powerful hour of awesomeness!

  • 70: The Emotionally Intelligent Early Intervention SLP - Kevin Nourse, PhD, PCC

    October 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Kevin Nourse, PhD, PCC - In this episode Michelle is joined by Kevin Nourse, PhD, PCC, an executive coach, leadership development expert, author, and speaker with over 20 years of experience developing resilient change leaders, and one of the gurus behind the ASHA Leadership Development Program! Somewhere along the path of life, you may have had a “Bad Boss”, which spurred you on to wanting to take a Leadership Role to lead a team the “Right Way”… well those leadership skills, both the “bad” and the “good” are based upon an individual’s Emotional Intelligence. Today, Dr. Nourse shares insight into what Emotional Intelligence is, how it impacts leadership in the workforce, and how to evolve your own Emotional Intelligence to become the #SLPLIKEABOSS that you want to be!

  • 69: Food Chaining with Cheri Fraker, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC

    October 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Cheri Fraker, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC - In this episode Michelle is joined by the One and Only Cheri Fraker, MS CCC-SLP, CLC! That’s right, the guru behind “Food Chaining: The proven 6-Step Plan to Stop Pick Eating, Solve Feeding Problems, and Expand Your Child’s Diet”. This phenomenal book has indescribably positively impacted that patients of the clinicians that have devoured the text. So, are you feeling stuck with how to proceed with a patient to expand their diet beyond 3 choice foods? Are you feeling overwhelmed with how to introduce PO for the first time to a little one who has feeding tube dependency? Well, leave your chewy tubes at home, lock them away in a box, lose key, and be prepared to have your professional soul nourished with Cheri!

  • 68: Pediatric Dysphagia Includes the Esophagus - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    October 2nd, 2019  |  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 the newly relocated Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, to shed some light on the far too often ignored Esophageal Stage of the swallow! Did you know that the Esophgeal Stage of the swallow is the fourth stage of swallowing? Or that numerous issues or etiologies arising in this area, often present in the oral stage of swallowing as “pocketing” or “behavioral aversions”? Also, did you know that best practice for instrumental swallow exams includes scanning the esophagus during a Modified Barium Swallow Study? Stay tuned for an overdue episode on the unfortunately underrated esophagus!