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SpeechTherapyPD.com Presents
First Bite
Michelle Dawson | MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, BCS-S, Erin Forward | MSP, CCC-SLP, CLC
About First Bite

Join SLPs Michelle Dawson and Erin Forward 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 and Erin offer their 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 0.1 ASHA CEU after completing the accompanying audio course through SpeechTherapyPD.com.

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About Michelle

Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, BCS-S, serves as the Director for 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 nine-time recipient of ASHA’s ACE Award for continuing education.



About Erin
Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, CLC is a speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor. Erin works as an SLP at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in an outpatient setting. She has advanced training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, early language, AAC, and trauma, specifically for medically complex children. Erin holds a Proficient DIR®Floortime Provider Certification and is a TBRI® Trained Practitioner. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's degree in CSD and Psychology and graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Master’s in Speech Pathology. She is the regular co-host of "First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast" with Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, where she shares her experiences and evidenced-based practices from her time working in early intervention/home health, NICU/PICU, GI clinic, and outpatient clinic settings. For her dedication to the field, she was awarded an ASHA Distinguished Early Career Professional Certificate in 2021 and is a current member of the ASHA Leadership Development Program graduating in February of 2023.
Recent Episodes
Audio Courses

Each episode of First Bite is accompanied by an audio course worth .1 ASHA CEU. Follow the course links below to complete the audio course and earn credit. Audio courses can be purchased individually for $24.99 or as part of your subscription with SpeechTherapyPD.com. Unlimited subscriptions start at $79/year.

Common to Uncommon Genetic Conditions and their Accompanying Functional Feeding Disorders
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Building Relationships With Your Clients: Bringing it Back to Heart-Centered Care
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Compare and Contrast: Adults vs Pediatrics Critical Care and Dysphagia
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Building Autonomy in Medically Complex Children with DIR/Floortime and TIC
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
GLP for the Pediatric SLP
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Behind the Scenes of an ASHA Convention
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
True Tales from an SLP Entrepreneur
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Neurodivergent Voices to Inform Your Neurodiversity-Affirming Practice
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.15
Mentorship in PFD: What We Have to Learn as Mentors and Mentees
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
A New Take on the Three “C’s” for SLPs: Strategies for Improved Therapeutic Presence
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Feeding Strategies and Thickening Options for Infants with Dysphagia
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
A Model of Interprofessional Practice to Support Neurodiverse Individuals
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
ASHA 2023 Igniting Innovation: Neurodiversity Affirming and #CallitPFD Takeaways
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Strategies from SLPs Breaking Down Barriers to PFD Care
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10
Implementation Science and AAC: What, How, and Why
Guest: Multiple Presenters
ASHA Credit: 0.10