First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • 95: Cari Ebert on Delivering Extraordinary Early Intervention! - Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP

    April 8th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined the one and only Cari Ebert, MS CCC-SLP, of the famous Cari Ebert Seminars! Cari, who is a passionate pediatric SLP focusing on Early Intervention and Apraxia, an Autism Momma, a proud defender of play, a breast cancer survivor, author, professional speaker, and as she says a frequent flyer, is a one stop shop for EBP resources and is here today to tackle the evidenced based trend towards Coaching. Watch out EI SLP’s…we heard that worried sigh of “Oh No not Coaching!”, but fear not! Cari illuminates the common misunderstanding between Coaching and Counseling, then turns around and busts open the obstacles to coaching with function and fun resources to set you and your patients up for success. It’s a double whammy of energy and enthusiasm for putting evidence into the world of Early Intervention this hour!

  • 94: PhD’s and AAC… There’s a Calling for That! - Chitrali Ramakant Mamlekar (PhD Candidate)

    April 1st, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Chitrali Ramakant Mamlekar (PhD Candidate) - In this episode Michelle is joined Chitrali Mamlekar, who is a PhD candidate at Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. Chitrali, who is the recipient of the Kala Singh Memorial Fund- International/Minority Student Scholarship (2018) from the American Speech Hearing Association, as well as the recipient of the Research Mentor Pair Travel awarded for early-career scientist in the area of Neuroplasticity Research in Language Recovery in Aphasia (2018), has focused her doctoral studies on the intersection of patient-provider communication and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This dynamic speaker, who was also awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Allied Health from University of Cincinnati (2018), is here to inspire us today to pursue that PhD we have dreamt about, offer vital information bridging research to practice on AAC, and educate us to the Joint Commission Standards of regulations and rights of patients of all ages, (especially our young children), in having access to their communication devices to communicate to their medical providers. By the end of this heartwarming and personal hour, we will all want to enroll in a PhD in AAC out in Ohio!

  • SPECIAL EPISODE: Teletherapy from EI to High School: Practical Applications and Resources (Panel Discussion From Teletherapy Bootcamp)

    March 27th, 2020  |  2 hrs 6 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Panelists: Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC; Andrea M.Szwabowski, M.H.S., CCC-SLP/L; Marisha Mets, MS, CCC-SLP; Carrie Clark, CCC-SLP; Jessi Andricks MS, CCC-SLP; Lauren Tandy, MS CCC-SLP

    This panel of presenters discussed teletherapy, the essential and best practices for EI to High School related services.

  • 93: Clinical Practicums Gone ‘Ka-Boom’ and How to Fix Them with Kari Comer, MS, CCC-SLP

    March 25th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Presenters: Kari Comer, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined again by Kari Comer, MS CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor, Adjunct Professor, and Outreach Coordinator at The George Washington University, and Current President of the D.C. Speech Language and Hearing Association. Kari, who was featured in Episode #75, “Clinical Supervision as told by the SLP President of DC”, is back to address the hard cases of Clinical Supervision… or in simpler terms what to do when it all goes “Ka-Blooey”! Kari will offer examples of some of the most common professionalism concerns regarding Clinical Supervisors, Student Clinicians, and then functional strategies for turning a wayward Clinical Practicum around into a positive learning experience.

  • 92: Those Confounding Cranial Nerves! - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    March 18th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 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 everyone’s favorite First Bite co-host, Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, to address those confounding cranial nerves! On Old Olympus towering Tops A Finn And German Viewed Some Hops… well sure that quick mnemonic diddy helped you ace your anatomy test in grad school, but what did you really learn about the cranial nerves for speech and swallowing development? The Vagus, sure he wanders, but what about his implication in cardiac repair surger? The Trigeminal, sure he does sensation and motor innervation, but what about when the little one had a grade 4 bleed at week 32? Do you know what could be impacted? In this hour Michelle and Erin take on all 12 nerves and guarantee to toss in a funny bone too!

  • 91: Cracking Those @hardtoswallowslp Dysphagia Myths - Will Farnham, MS, CCC-SLP

    March 11th, 2020  |  1 hr 55 secs
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Will Farnham, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Will Farnham, MS, CCC-SLP, the tortured soul behind @hardtoswallowslp on Instagram. Will, who is an accomplished FEES trained Medically-Based SLP, spends this hour sharing his quick verbal whit while busting a series of commonly misplaced dysphagia myths! Ever wondered if the instrumental exam trumped what is seen during your regular ST sessions? Don’t wonder any longer; Will will shatter our preconceived notions. Ever worried that a patient’s dysphagia status was the sole indicator for aspiration status? Don’t worry any longer; Will’s got the answer! Ever considered if the UES, (Upper Esophageal Sphincter), is where our job stops? No longer need to consider, Will’s got this! This hour proves to be as inspirational as it is joyful!

  • 90: The Intersection of American Sign Language and Early Intervention - Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP

    March 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Jill Eversmann, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the accomplished lecturer Jill Eversmann, MS CCC-SLP, Academic and Clinical Faculty of Columbia College, and X instructor w/ ASDF. In this hour they challenge all the preconceived notions about incorporating American Sign Language into Early Intervention….in short, they will teach you how “talking with your hands” is an excellent strategy to increase acquisition of functional communication, the differences between Baby Sign and American Sign Language, and the best resources and references behind the beautiful intersection that is ASL and EI. Be sure to stretch before this hour, because it will have you moving!

  • 89: The Empowering Intersection of NSSLHA, Student Advocacy, and the CCC-SLP - Natalie Marie Sfeir

    February 26th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Natalie Marie Sfeir - In this episode Michelle is joined by Natalie Marie Sfeir, National NSSLHA’s VP for Government Affairs and Public Policy…who is also a full time graduate student! Today they challenge your notions of what a millennial Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist brings to our professions, by advocating, educating, and inspiring us all via NSSLHA!

  • 88: Clinical Indicators for NPO - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    February 19th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 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 when it is appropriate to say “NPO”. That’s right, sometimes it falls on us as the Feeding and Dysphagia experts to share with the rest of the Interprofessional Team that we have concerns for safety of PO intake. But, we need to be able recognize how the “Little One’s” Cardiac, Gastrointestinal, and Respiratory systems contribute or dictate that NPO status. Again, we need to be able to when the pleasure and quality of a feed are fading and our patients need advocacy and support. Baselines change often for our complex patients and this is the episode that differentiates the signs and symptoms of when we can say “NPO” and when we can joyously celebrate moving towards “PO” again.

  • 87: Savoring the Science behind that “First Bite” - Dr. Reva Barewal

    February 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Dr. Reva Barewal - In this episode Michelle is joined the award winning and innovative Dr. Reva Barewal! Dr. Reva graduated from the University of Toronto Dental School in 1992. From 1992 to 1993 she was in a General Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. Following her residency, she practiced as a general dentist for six years. She completed a Prosthodontic Post Doctoral Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2002, winning first place in the John Sharry competition of 2002. In 2006 she was awarded the first implant award for research by Astra Tech and the inventor of dental implants. Her professional training, combined with her passion and further education as a culinary chef, gave her unique insight into her patient’s needs when it came to the satisfaction that was missing in altered diets and mealtime…so she combined her skills and created Savorease! The first product of its kind that has delicious dissolvable crackers and dips that not only meet IDDSI guidelines, but also give the pleasure of the sought after “crunch” and “taste” often missing in these diets. Your taste buds will be salivating, while your neurons are firing as she explains the science and research behind chewing, biting, crunching, and tasting!

  • 86: National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing and You! - Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    February 5th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - In recognition of Black History Month, Michelle interviews the amazing Kia Noelle Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Johnson, who serves on the ASHA Board of Directors as the National Advisor to the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, is also an 18-year member of the National Black Association for Speech, Language and Hearing where she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors. She is also a proud alumna of the 2006 class of the ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program. This is a fast paced hour that covers a lot of ground: everything from the history of African Americans prevalence and growth within the world of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, how an SLP working in the world of Early Intervention needs to ethically assess and treat a child with a suspected language delay or impairment when a little one that we are working with has AAVE or resides with a family who speaks using a recognized dialect such as Gullah or Geechee, and how one could become involved in such groups as NBASLH and the Student Minority Leadership Program at ASHA. Enjoy the encouragement in how we can encourage diversity within our field at a local grassroots effort!

  • 85: The More the Merrier: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Co-Treatments with an OT, Psychologist, and an SLP - Rob Dempster, PhD and Elizabeth “Beth” Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES

    January 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guests: Rob Dempster, PhD and Elizabeth “Beth” Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES - In this episode Michelle is joined by Elizabeth (Beth) Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES, from episode #60 “Ots and Feeding? Who knew!?!” and Rob Dempster, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, from episode #71 Psyched about Psychology and Feeding!”. In this hour of “First Bite”, the dynamic duo opens up about their collaboration for a combined treatment approach for pediatric feeding and swallowing disordersThey share the good, the bad, the ugly: lesson’s learned about best practice for a team approach, etiologies that benefit the most from a team approach, as well as their favorite “do-overs”…as in, “welp if we had known this, then we would have done this”…and let’s be honest, the do-overs tend to be the best life lessons! Let this cheery episode warm you up this chilly winter day!

  • 84: Top Ten Takeaways from ASHA 2019 - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    January 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min
    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 have fully recovered from the intensity that is the annual ASHA Convention from November 2019. Why is that great news? Easy! They are going to share their “Top 10 Takeaways” for adding functional evidence to your practice! They will take you on an EBP hunt in the exhibit hall, hit up Erin’s Top 3 Lectures, and wrap with Michelle’s Top 3 Lectures, and spread some joy that can be found by being surrounded by almost 14,000 colleagues. If you weren’t able to make to Orlando this past year, no worries, they are all set to bring the magic to you!

  • 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.