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

  • 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!

  • 67: The Dynamic Role of Registered Dietitians in Early Intervention - Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, MS, RD, CDN, CDE

    September 25th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, MS, RD, CDN, CDE - In this episode Michelle is joined by the radiant Registered Dietitian Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, who is the founder of City Kids Nutrition and NYCeatwell, nutrition consultation services for children and adults living in and around New York City. Deborah shares her years of experience about the unique roles and responsibilities of an RD who works in the world of Early Intervention, jumping into Scope of Practice, Roles and Responsibilities, and top etiologies that she engages with on a day-to-day basis. Don’t worry, this isn’t an overly “granola” episode, but functional Interprofessional education, served with a side of avocados and tomatoes!

  • 66: SLP Advocacy in Action starts with YOU! - Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

    September 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 5 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by powerhouse SLP that is Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, who is the clinical director and CEO of The Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and learning. She is also the immediate past president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). So have you had an amazing idea, you know the kind that keeps ya up at night because it is so brilliant you can’t sleep due to your thoughts racing? But then you come back to the almost insurmountable hurdle of how to fund that great Speech-Language Pathology idea? Well…worry no more friend! Dr. Deb is here to share how she transformed ideas into action with the aid of a series of ASHA Grants! She will share advice on the application process, the dynamic outcomes embodied in “200 words by 2” and “2 word combos by 2”, then wrap out this intense hour with functional advice on how to use these tools to educate your local pediatricians on the vital importance of functional language by 2 years of age! Per the usual, it’s a fast paced but rewarding hour with Michelle and Dr. Deb!

  • 65: Ethics Behind Bilingual Evaluations and Treatment - Fé Murray, EdD, CCC-SLP

    September 11th, 2019  |  1 hr 31 secs
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Fé Murray, EdD, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the fabulous Fé Murray, EdD, CCC-SLP, who is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the Immediate Past President of the Arizona State Speech Language and Hearing Association. Have you been unsettled by a recent referral for a child who speaks a different language? Are you unsure with how to proceed? Concerned on whether or not you need an interpreter to assist in the evaluation and/or treatment? Or…the big scary one…what if you can’t find an interpreter?!? Don’t worry, Michelle has had that fear too…but the Fearless Fé is her today to offer some evidence and ethical recommendations on how to proceed!

  • 64: Ideas & Inspirations to Motivate Your Kids to Practice - Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP

    September 9th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the charming Southern Lady that is Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP…THE SLP behind the dynamic “Speech Link” PodCourse, also sponsored by Speechtherapypd.com! Have you felt “stuck” lately trying to get your little one’s family motivated to implement Speech Therapy homework… aka The sometimes dreaded Home Exercise Program? Welp…me too friend! But I have great news! Char is here to help give us functional strategies to establish motivation and “buy-in” from our little’s ones care givers and loved ones…so watch out HEP…we are about to get-it-done!

  • 63: Grace in Grief: 7 Stages, PPD, PTSD, and how they impact a ST Session - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

    September 5th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this podcourse, the presenters tackle an often taboo topic, Grief. Too often we “feel” when a patient’s family is having an “off day”, but what happens when those “off days” become the norm? Grief, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, these are all too commonly overlooked diagnoses that the parents and guardians of the special babies we work with, have to deal with on a daily basis. Are you prepared to recognize these s/s? Have you advocated and conveyed your concerns about the parent/guardians mental and emotional health to their physician? Do you feel confident in sharing these concerns? Are you aware of how these factors can impact the implementation of a home exercise plan for ST? Let real life experiences, tearful and comical, with functional and practical resources, build your confidence so that you can support the loved ones and caregivers of our little ones.

  • 62: The Power of Waiting - Krystal Vermillion, MOT, OTR/L

    August 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    asha, ceu, continuing education, slp, speech language pathology, speech pathology, speech therapy

    Guest: Krystal Vermillion, MOT, OTR/L - In this episode Michelle is joined by her dear friend Krystal Vermillion, MOT,OTR/L, from The Shriner’s Hospital Greenville, SC. This episode is near and dear to Michelle’s heart as Krystal’s guidance on utilization of therapeutic cues not only shaped the frequency and types of cues that Michelle has used with her patients, but also with her own personal tiny humans. In short, sometimes the auditory bombardment and latency period that SLP’s, (and tired Mommas), use in general are too much and too short…but never fear, Krystal is here to offer functional evidenced based tips on how to “read” our pediatric patients and offer just the right amount! Enjoy this power hour on therapeutic cues between dear friends who are equal parts nerd girl and avid outdoorsy folks!