In this episode, Michelle is joined by Kendra T. Allison, MS CCC-SLP, founding owner of Speechology communication services and founder/host of "8% Summit for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists of Color." By the end of this hour, which starts with a fair bit of astrology-driven laughter, you will be able to describe the heartfelt mentorship mission that drives Kendra and the 8% Summit, describe common barriers to members of the BIPOC community for entering the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as how mentorship can be an invaluable tool to overcome those barriers.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, BCS-S
Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, BCS-S, serves as the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor with James Madison University. Additionally, she is the acclaimed host of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” a weekly Speech Therapy Podcast that addresses “all thangs” Pediatric Speech Therapy, and is presented by SpeechTherapyPD.com. Michelle authored, "Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders". She is an accomplished lecturer; traveling across the nation delivering courses on best practices for the evaluation and treatment of the medically complex infant, toddlers, and children with respect to their pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia, pediatric feeding disorder, as well as language acquisition within the framework of Early Intervention. She has served as the Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP), is a Past President of the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (SCSHA), a graduate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Leadership Development Program (ASHA LDP), a recipient of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Champion from Feeding Matters, a recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement from the SCSHA, a recipient of the State Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Foundation, recognized as an ASHA Innovator in 2023, and ten-time recipient of ASHA’s ACE Award for continuing education.
Kendra T. Allison, MS CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and the owner of Speechology communication services, which contracts SLP services to schools and care facilities. Professionally and personally, Kendra has a mission to create resources for school SLPs, parents/families, and the small community of SLPs/AUDs of color starting with her second annual event the "8% Summit for speech pathologists and audiologists of color" in August 2023. Personally, the Detroit native now lives in Charlotte NC, and loves a good dance party (or dance battle), home décor projects and watching “dramedies”.
ASHA CE Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.
|10 min: Introduction and Background|
|15 min: What is the mission of the 8% Summit|
|15 min: Barriers to member of BIPOC Community for entering the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology|
|15 min: Overcoming these barriers through mentorship|
|5 min: Summary|
|Financial||Michelle authored, "Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders" from which she receives royalties from the sale of it. She is the host of "First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast" for which she receives compensation from SpeechTherapyPD.com. She also receives compensation for numerous presentations from SpeechTherapyPD.com. She receives an annual salary from James Madison University. |
|Nonfinancial||Michelle Dawson is a volunteer with ASHA as the Topic Chair for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders for ASHA 2023 Convention, additionally she is a volunteer with Feeding Matters, a Board of Trustee Member with the Communication Disorder Foundation of Virginia (CDF), a former Treasurer with the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP), a Past President with South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (SCSHA). She is a member of the Speech Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV), SCSHA, ASHA, ASHA SIG 13, the National Black Association for Speech, Language, and Hearing (NBASLH), and the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS). |
|Financial||Kendra T. Allison is the owner of Speechology Communication Services. She receives an honorarium from SpeechTherapyPD.com for this presentation. |
|Nonfinancial||No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist. |