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First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast
68 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
211: Understanding Medical Interpretation
Guest: Inez Esparza, a Spanish Certified Medical Interpreter, and ASHA Certified SLPA - As a profession, speech-language pathology has an abundance of English-speaking clinicians evaluating and treating individuals who may not or do not speak English. So, where does that leave the monolingual licensed SLP? How can they best engage in that patient’s care to provide optimal outcomes? The Answer is through interprofessional education and learning more about certified medical interpretation. In this hour, Inez shares her advanced skills to educate colleagues about the process of becoming a certified medical interpreter, how to ethically and effectively collaborate with a certified medical interpreter in evaluation, and how to ensure optimal long-term outcomes by creating joyful interprofessional relationships. If you’re a monolingual SLP and need guidance on expanding your evidence-based triangle for the patients you serve, this is the conversation for you.
69 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
210: Inspiration and Guidance for the “SLPreneur” in You
Guests: Tamala Close, MS, CCC-SLP & Britney Desir, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Tamala and Britney bring their years of expertise to inspire us to take that leap of faith and start our own private practices. Unsure of where to begin, never heard of an “NPI Number”, afraid of writing a business plan, overwhelmed by potential overhead costs? Breathe deep, grab your favorite pen and notebook, and let Tamala and Britney instill practical guidance to build your private practice confidence.
69 minutes | Nov 15, 2022
209: PFD Down Under with Dr. Jeanne Marshall
Guest: Jeanne Marshall, Ph.D, B Sp. Path - Are you ready to understand the differences between being an SLP in Australia? Then join Michelle and Dr. Marshall as they deep dive into research on operant vs. systematic desensitization treatment for Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD) and better understand the invaluable role of simulation for PFD treatment.
68 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
207: First Bite - Musical AAC Magic
Guest: Corinne Zmoos, MS, CCC-SLP - Corinne spends the hour educating listeners about the early stages of Gestalt language processing, celebrating the beauty of this learning style, effectively incorporating it into augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and then how to put it all to music! So get your instruments and speech-generating devices ready because, by the end, you’ll want to engage in play-based therapy with both.
67 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
206: What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy with "Hope for HIE"
Guest: Betsy Pilon - In this episode, Michelle is joined by Betsy, the Executive Director of “Hope for Acquired Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).” This hour is a deeply profound conversation as one mom shares her journey of advocacy and empowerment, inspiring and educating us along the way. Join in as the topics of causes and current treatment for HIE. are presented. Potential long-term impacts and barriers to continued treatment after NICU discharge will be discussed.
69 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
205: The SLP’s Role in Lactation and More
Guest: Maggie Sudimack, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC - If you’re new to the world of infant feeding, Maggie shares insights to help guide your first steps for the patient’s first sips. Highlights include the role of the SLP in a lactation evaluation, how to transition from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, and how to coach a caregiver through all these processes.
67 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
204: Hot Topics in PFD: Crucial Conversations on EBP
In this episode, Michelle and Erin are holding crucial conversations regarding current evidence-based practice for pediatric feeding disorders. We all hear the myths and see the pseudoscience that is bantered around social media platforms as “evidence.” How much of this information is accurate? How much of it was designed to grow followers instead of disseminating current EBP information that will truly expand your clinical skills? The scary answer is a lot of it isn’t accurate or even safely shared. In this hour, Michelle and Erin tackle the current evidence for tether-oral tissues and non-speech oral motor exercises, as well as discuss the ethics of utilization of social media as a source of evidence.
65 minutes | Oct 5, 2022
203: Non-Nutritive Suck and Its Role in Oral Feeding
Guest: Emily Zimmerman, Ph.D, CCC-SLP - Have you ever heard of NNS? In this episode, Michelle is joined by Dr. Emily Zimmerman, a speech-language pathologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the Associate Chair for Research and Innovation at Northeastern University, and director of the Speech and Neurodevelopment Lab (SNL). Dr. Zimmerman describes what a non-nutritive suck (NNS) is, the factors that can influence an NNS, and its role in oral feeding and then offers insight into where the future of pediatric feeding research is heading.
68 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
202: Opening Doors for Improved Community Access
Guest: Amy Holbert, MSW, LISW-CP - In this episode, Michelle and Amy spend this hour discussing the role of this federally recognized “PTI,” how to empower caregivers for success with IEP advocacy, and how they support caregivers in pursuing medically necessary insurance in South Carolina. While “Family Connection” may be unique to SC, the role of PTIs and non-profit advocacy occurs everywhere, so join us and enjoy learning about how to advocate with community partners for improved patient and caregiver outcomes.
67 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
201: Strategies to Expedite Research to Practice
Guest: Natalie Douglas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - Natalie discusses the critical deficits in the traditional research-to-practice model and the current trends that are working to address the shortages and breakdowns. She offers hope and functional advice on how clinicians can collaborate with researchers to create a holistic circular model in which researchers and clinicians inform and guide each other’s practice, all with the purpose of providing hope and positive outcomes for our patients.
67 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
200: Insightful and Heartfelt Tips from an AAC Sibling
Guest: Rylee Klocow, MS, CF-SLP - This episode is an incredibly intimate project that holds deep personal meaning for all of us. However, it is especially powerful for Rylee, as she is the younger sister of an augmentative and alternative communication user. If you have ever wondered about the role of a caregiver in acquiring and successfully utilizing an AAC device, then this is for you. We will discuss the role of the caregivers, common barriers to utilization, and current evidence-based strategies that will open the door for functional and meaningful communication for the little ones we are called to serve.
65 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
199: An Example of Excellence for NICU to EI Transitions
Guest: Alyson Ware, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Alyson discusses the process as a community-based clinician to improve continuity of care for medically complex patients discharged from the NICU. If you’ve ever wondered what occurs in early intervention, the SLP’s role on the team, the common barriers to NICU discharges, and want strategies to smooth the transition for your patients, this episode is for you.
76 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
198: Surviving the Transition from Grad Student to Clinical Fellow with "Speaking of Samantics"
Guest: Sam Walker, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD - This course will provide information geared toward empowering speech-language pathology graduate students and the new clinician. If you’ve just entered your clinical fellowship year and are overwhelmed about what challenges you could face professionally, clinically, or even with respect to supervision, then don’t fret. Sam and Michelle are here to empower you with functional recommendations and strategies to ensure a smooth transition from graduate school to a successful clinical-fellowship experience.
63 minutes | Aug 24, 2022
197: Yoga for the Peds SLP
Guest: Kerrie Mansfield Rigberg, MS, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Michelle is joined by Kerrie, a highly trained pediatric speech-language pathologist, with experience in the NICU, PICU, Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation, Private Practice, and teletherapy. She is here today to talk about the empowering role of yoga for both our pediatric patients, as well as for the treating clinician. Kerrie, who presented, “United on the Mat: Yoga, Meditation & Mindfulness for the SLP, Audiologist & Related Healthcare Provider” at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention in Washington, D.C. in November 2021, delights the listener with her favorite research to support the use of yoga for our pediatric patients, the benefits to engaging in interprofessional practice with OTR/Ls via yoga for our patients, as well as the benefits of yoga for improving the therapeutic presence for the treating clinician. Bonus points… near the end she walks the clinician through a series of stretches and quick postures that we can do while sitting at our desks between SOAP note writing! So, get comfy cozy, pull up your notepad and your yoga mat, and let Kerrie inspire you to breathe deep and keep moving forward.
68 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
196: Getting a Patient Started: Triaging a Waitlist, Dynamic Assessments, and Goal Writing
In this episode, Michelle and Erin discuss functional strategies for getting a pediatric patient started. If you are in the world of pediatric private practice (home health and/or a clinic), this is the hour for you. Michelle and Erin share easy-to-implement strategies for how to ethically triage a waitlist, the process of completing comprehensive dynamic assessments, as well as share some of their favorite goals they include in their initial evaluations and plan of care. The best part is that Michelle and Erin share the resources and sources of guidance they have received over the years so that you have those forever on your side too.
69 minutes | Aug 10, 2022
195: PFD: Public Schools, Resources and Baby-Led Weaning
Guest: Memorie M. Gosa, PhD., CCC-SLP, BCS-S - If you love pediatric feeding disorders and deep diving into research to practice on this topic, then this is the hour for you. Michelle and Dr. Gosa tackle pediatric feeding disorders and the public schools, baby-led weaning, favorite dysphagia resources, as well as a sneak peek for the pediatric feeding disorder track at this year’s ASHA 2022.
74 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
194: All Thangs AAC
Guest: Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP - In this episode, Stephen Kneece, who is a highly skilled augmentative and alternative communication specialist, inspires us all with his practical insight into how to select the ideal access approach for the little ones that we serve. If you work with medically complex pediatric patients and need insight into direct versus indirect access, troubleshooting common barriers to utilization and implementation of speech-generating devices, or if you just need inspiration from a skilled “been there and done that” school-based SLP, then tune in and let Stephen inspire you.
70 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
192: Myth Busting for AAC and Early Intervention
In this episode, Michelle and Erin discuss a topic dear to their hearts: busting common myths surrounding the utilization of speech-generating AAC devices in early intervention. The ladies of First Bite spend this hour empowering listeners on the steps to initiate a speech-generating device (SGD) trial within the world of EI, how to overcome common barriers such as the myth “but the device will prevent them from talking,” how to engage and encourage caregivers to use an SGD AAC device during their daily routines, as well as troubleshooting the simple steps to submit for insurance approval.
71 minutes | Jul 27, 2022
193: Pediatric Feeding Disorder and the NICU: Best Practice for Discharge
Guest: Cuyler Romeo, M.O.T., OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC - In this course, our guest Cuyler, who is a PFD advocate extraordinaire, discusses the recent changes to best practices for NICU discharge for infants with a pediatric feeding disorder. She highlights updates from the National Perinatal Association, discusses common barriers to successful discharge, and best yet how we can engage in improved continuity of care for these little ones to set them up for long-term success.
67 minutes | Jul 12, 2022
191: Empowering Caregivers in Early Intervention from all Cultures
Guest: Marina Shipilova, MS, CCC-SLP - In this course, the presenter discusses her successful strategies for connecting with families from different cultures, the most common empowering advice she gives to families, and how to hold crucial conversations to embolden caregivers when barriers exist to accessing the highest quality services available to them. Michelle and Marina share some of their more memorable moments from the field (the flops and successes) to inspire us all to embrace the joy and evidence of caregiver coaching.
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