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First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast
64 minutes | 6 days ago
125: SLP Stress Management for the Festive Season - Jessi Andricks, MS, CCC-SLP
Guest: Jessi Andricks, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Michelle is joined by Jessi Andricks, MS, CCC-SLP, the host of “SLP Stress Management Podcast” to discuss the beautiful intersection of mindfulness and being an SLP. The pandemic has caused all of us stress the last few months and this upcoming holiday season is sure to be unlike any other. So, how do we maintain balance and go about juggling this time of year while still being “present” and “engaged” for our patients, and our family, and our fur babies? That’s a great question? And the answer centers around the practice of “mindfulness”, for which Jessi is a subject matter expert. So if you’re feeling tangled up like the ball of exterior lights and ornament hangers, then this is the episode to unwind with!
70 minutes | 14 days ago
124: Ways to make your SLP Voice Heard - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
Co-Host: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Michelle and Erin take a fresh look at Leadership opportunities available in our field. One aspect about the ASHA Convention that both Michelle and Erin miss the most, aside from hugging colleagues from across the nation, is the missed opportunities for learning how to engage in leadership activities to drive a positive change both a local and national level for our profession and our patients. Since the convention is cancelled this year, they decided to bring some ideas to you. So, regardless of what stage of your career you are in, #slp2be, #earlycareerslp, or #seasonedslp, this episode is designed to bring the tools and opportunities to you to help be the source of a positive change.
66 minutes | 20 days ago
123: Voluntourism vs Volunteering…the How-To-Guide for Global SLPs - Kari Comer Lim, MS CCC-SLP
Guest: Kari Comer Lim, MS CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by Kari Comer Lim, MS CCC-SLP, Past President of the DC Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and Clinical Supervisor at George Washington University where she has collaborated with colleagues across the globe to create study abroad opportunities for Speech Language Pathology students. If you’ve ever thought about combining your loves of Speech Language Pathology, Travel, and Doing Good in the World… then I’m sure that you have thought about volunteering as an SLP abroad! And…I’m hoping that as soon as you had that beautiful thought, you followed it with a quick question or two of, “How can I ethically and respectfully contribute in another community?”. The lovely Kari is here to answer that question, provide first hand guidance, share personal experiences, and mentor you so that you can share your gifts with the world and grow as a kind SLP in the process too!
62 minutes | a month ago
122: Baby Burnout with Sarah from @ShortandSweetSpeech - Sarah Breshears, MA, CCC-SLP
Guest: Sarah Breshears, MA CCC-SLP - In this course, Michelle is joined by Sarah Breshears, MA CCC-SLP, of @ShortandSweetSpeech from Instagram. This oral care champion is here to hold the crucial conversation about “Baby Burnout." Sometimes the world of Early Intervention and pediatrics is overwhelming and you hit your professional “done level”. But, you then run into the almost insurmountable challenge of, “But babies are all I know! How do I make the change into adults?”. Sarah is here to educate about the signs and symptoms of burnout, functional strategies to overcome it, and offer suggestions to help you make a transition from babies to adults, from home health to acute, from stress to relief.
71 minutes | a month ago
121: Facing the Facts with FOXG1 Research Foundation - Nasha Fitter and Nicole Johnson
Guests: Nasha Fitter and Nicole Johnson - In this course, Michelle is joined by Natasha Fitter, CEO and Head of Research, as well as Nicole Johnson, President of Communications, for FOXG1 Research Foundation. These two co-founders are here to share how their very personal parenting walks of children with FOXG1 Syndrome, led to the birth of this amazing Research Foundation that is changing the lives of countless children around the world. FOXG1 is know for causing varied and severe Pediatric Feeding Disorders. Not only will Natasha and Nicole share the history of the Foundation, but they will also discuss their latest research, and recommendations for best practice for evaluation and treatment of individuals with PFDs secondary to FOXG1.
71 minutes | a month ago
120: Mastering Medical Terminology for the EI SLP - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
Guest: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP - In this episode Michelle is joined by the always lovely and passionate Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, and they take on the trickiest of tasks…. medical terminology! Has it been many-a-moon since the days of grad school? Are you feeling unsure of the terms you read in your patient’s file? Unsure of what to ask for when you call and speak to the patient’s pediatrician’s office? Don’t worry! Erin and Michelle are here to guide you on common terminology used in the NICU, common diagnoses and tests run by the GI, common terms that the RD may use in your collaborative conversation, and common terminology to help you absorb that Neurology report! Come join Michelle and Erin and master Medical Terminology for the EI SLP!
60 minutes | 2 months ago
119: Inspiration Power-Hour for PFDs with Feeding Matters - Jaclyn Pederson
Guest: Jaclyn Pederson - In this episode Michelle is joined by the inspirational Jaclyn Pederson, the newly appointed CEO of “Feeding Matters”. By now, you’ve heard Michelle advocate for and encourage volunteers to collaborate with “Feeding Matters”… but today Jaclyn shares the how and why this advocacy and collaboration is key to expanding knowledge and evidenced based practice surrounding evaluation and treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders. Jaclyn takes us on a deep dive as to what the “4 Pillars” are that serve as the basis for “Feeding Matters”, discussing the IPP advocacy efforts behind the PFD ICD Code, as well as development of the ICFQ Questionnaire to assist Pediatricians with their identification of PFD. She then inspires each and every single one of us on how we can share of our time and talents to advance the understanding and treatment for individuals with PFDs. Did I mention the best part? Not only is this organization driven by the crossroads of EBP and IPP…but they place a significant emphasis on family/caregiver involvement as being critical to the little one’s success! Hip Hip Hooray for a patient/family centered care PFD Hour!
67 minutes | 2 months ago
118: Family Mealtime Support for our Friends with Tubies - Dr. Marion Russell, OTD, MOTR/L, SCEF
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!
67 minutes | 2 months ago
117: Learning to Listen with Jenine a LSLS Certified AVT SLP - Jenine Entwistle Viole, MSP, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
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.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
116: Quick Tips for a Successful Feeding Therapy Session - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
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!
61 minutes | 3 months ago
114: Questions for Contract Employees during COVID-19 - Morgan Mitchell
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.
66 minutes | 3 months ago
113: The Evidence Regarding NMES for Pediatrics - Rick McAdoo, MS, CCC-SLP
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!
68 minutes | 3 months ago
112: More Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders with Dr. Angela - Angela McLeod, PhD, CCC-SLP
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!
68 minutes | 4 months ago
111: It’s More than ‘Picky Eating’… Three Multifaceted Case Studies - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
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!
72 minutes | 4 months ago
110: Behind the Scenes of AAC - Wyatt Franken
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!
67 minutes | 4 months ago
109: The Journey of Cochlear Implants - Dakota Sharp, AuD, CCC-A
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!
67 minutes | 5 months ago
108: Top Tips for Starting out as a Clinical Supervisor - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
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!
66 minutes | 5 months ago
107: EBP for Blenderized Tube Feedings - Melissa Blandford, MS, RD, LDN
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!
71 minutes | 5 months ago
106: Feeding Therapy in an ABA Center with Dani from ‘The Messy SLP’ - Dani Newcomb, MS, CCC-SLP
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!
66 minutes | 5 months ago
105: The Curious Crossroads of BCBA and CCC's - Sari Risen, M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, BCBA
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.
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