First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast

Fed, Fun, Functional Resources for the Pediatric Speech Pathologist

About the show

Join Speech-Language Pathologist: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC for First Bite - Fed, Fun and Functional Resources for the Pediatric SLP. If you're a SLP who has more questions than answers when it comes to treating your medically complex/fragile pediatric patients, this podcast is for you! Michelle offers her own unique insights and interviews colleagues that are experts in their respective fields with the goal of inspiring and illuminating all aspects of diagnosing and treating this unique population. Each episode of First Bite is worth .1 ASHA CEU for speech therapy after completing the accompanying podcourse through SpeechTherapyPD.com.

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Episodes

  • 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!

  • 102: Mindful Nutrition with @makainutrition - Marissa Kai

    May 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 9 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Marissa Kai - In this episode Michelle is joined by Marissa Kai is an Intuitive Eating nutritionist (soon-to-be Registered Dietitian), from @MaKaiNutrition on Instagram. For many of us, our relationship with food has changed drastically since the start of the pandemic…becoming either source of pleasure or stress. Comedic posts of the “Pandemic Pounds” and “Pandemic Beach Body” are plentiful on social media these days, but for some it only adds to the burden of their current situation. Marissa is here to help address the fears and turn mealtime for the SLP back into a source of mirth and merriment! Mindful Nutrition for the SLP’s soul and tastebuds is possible, so join us for an hour of self care straight from our pantry to yours!

  • 101: Considerations for That Contract Job - Morgan Mitchell

    May 20th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Morgan Mitchell - In this episode Michelle is joined by Morgan Mitchell, Senior Recruiter for Elevation Healthcare, to address all the confusions and considerations that surround a contract SLP position! So let’s be honest, we have all seen our friends who take that contract job and are posting beautiful instagram pictures of exotic places across America…and we think to ourselves, “Oh I could do that…but…” and then we freeze because of that tiny little word “but”. Today, we are tackling that “but” and replacing it what the facts about who, what, where, when, why behind a contract and also delving into the ASHA 2019 Healthcare Salary Survey to pack this hour full of information, so that you know your worth! Get your parka or sunglasses ready, because by the end of this hour you will be ready for that contract position and the adventure of a lifetime!

  • 100: Chasing the Swallow: The Case for IPP in Pediatric Feeding Disorders - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    May 13th, 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 by her regular co-host of First Bite, the one and only Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP and…drumroll please…this is the episode where they get to share the project they have been working on for the past year… “Chasing the Swallow: Best Practices for Pediatric Feeding Disorders”… the BOOK… just in PodCourse form of course! Have you ever wondered about what type of training and education the members of the Pediatric Feeding Team have experienced? Have you been curious about what type of tests that ENT, GI, and Neurologist can order? Have you ever pondered who can help solve the riddle of a particular patient’s signs and symptoms? Today the ladies of First Bite answer those questions and more with copious amounts of research and resources! It’s been a long time coming, but y’all “Chasing the Swallow” is finally here!

  • 99: Fascination of FEES - Vince Clark, M.Ed, CCC-SLP

    May 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Vince Clark, M.Ed, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Edgar “Vince” Clark, M. Ed., CCC/SLP, Past President of the GA Speech Language Hearing Association and 2013 Alumni of the Year for the Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University. Today Vince shares his insights on why the FEEs examination can be as an invaluable tool for the pediatric population as the MBSS instrumental examination, and how it offers improved accessibility especially for those populations that don’t have easy access to a radiology suite. Sit back and let the soothing Southern drawl of these two calm your nerves and lift your spirits while they talk about all thangs noses and fiber optic cameras!

  • 98: Examining Eosinophilic Esophagitis with Dr. Gregg - Gregory Black, MD

    April 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 13 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Gregory Black, MD - In this episode Michelle is joined by Dr. Gregg Black, the current President of the SC Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society, and guest for Episode 13 “So You’re Telling Me Allergy Testing is Important?”, and Episode 18 “Dairy vs Soy vs What? The Correct Formula for Your Allergy and Why!” and they are taking a closer examination of that elusive Eosinophilic Esophagitis diagnosis. Okay, so let’s admit, most of us had never heard of “EOE”, as it is more commonly known, in grad school, but it appears to be popping up left and right these days when we go to obtain a past medical history for our patients. This is a hard diagnosis to come by, and unfortunately, it is a hard diagnosis to effectively treat, and for the “Feeding Therapist”, well y’all it’s hard to try new foods when we are worried about which ones our patient’s could be allergic too. That’s where the lovely Dr. Gregg Black comes in! He is back y’all to explain all about EOE! Through his helpful tips, all of us in the trenches will find better footing in the evaluation and treatment process for our patients! Three Cheers for Dr. Gregg!

  • 97: Effective Early Intervention for Individuals with Down Syndrome - Kelly Kleinhans, PhD, CCC-SLP

    April 23rd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Kelly Kleinhans, PhD, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Kelly Kleinhans, PhD, CCC-SLP, who was awarded the 2017 Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association-American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Clinical Achievement Award for her work with persons with Down syndrome. Dr. Kelly, who is currently serving as past president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is here today to share her passion for best practices for total communication and early introduction of AAC for individuals who have Down syndrome. Have you noticed the inclusive advertisements for some of our favorite shopping centers? Have you noticed the new face on some of our favorite baby food jars lately? Dr. Kelly and First Bite sure have! So after we tackle “all thangs” EBP for total communication and AAC, Dr. Kelly is going to discuss the empowering trends in social media for acceptance and inclusion! You’re probably going to want to listen to this fabulous hour with your latte in hand while pushing your favorite red shopping cart!

  • 96: Tricky Tethered Tissues - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    April 15th, 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 once again by co-host extraordinaire Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP…and they are taking on those tricky tethered tissue issues. Have you too been confused about the HIPAA compliant pictures that you see popping up on social media that ask advice about that presumed “tongue tie”? Or has a colleague sent you a HIPAA friendly pic of a supposed “lip tie” and asked your advice about a static image? Welp, us too! In this episode Michelle and Erin address normal anatomical variations, the history of tethered tissue treatments, and what the evidence currently tells us. Enjoy the untanglement!