First Bite #8 – July 31, 2018

So…we have that tube and now the SLP is going to get them to eat…right?

(.1 ASHA CEU) For more info, click here.

Course Description

It’s q/a time again in this episode, where Michelle is joined by the lovely Miss Erin Forward of Rochester, NY.  On the menu: common terminology for our pediatric populations with feeding tubes, emphasis on quality, not quantity feeds, and addressing long-term planning…stressing the motto of “fed is fed is fed” and that some of these little ones do need a feeding tube for nourishment and PO for quality of life.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • The differences between g-tube vs j-tube.
  • The following terms: quality feeds, quantity feeds, feeding tube dependency.
  • 2 components of a long term feeding plan for a child with a feeding tube.


Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP

Erin currently resides in Greenville, SC but grew up in Rochester, NY where her family still resides. Erin attended the University of Pittsburgh for her Undergraduate degrees in Communication Science and Disorders and Psychology, and completed her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of South Carolina. She has worked in a variety of settings including early-intervention/home-health, NICU in a children’s hospital, and an outpatient feeding clinic. Erin currently works for a non-profit outpatient speech clinic, where she specializes in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Erin is the Co-Host of the wildly acclaimed PodCourse/PodCast “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional a Speech Therapy”, sponsored by Erin is passionate about engaging in interprofessional practice for her patients and advocating for attainment of functional independence for patients and their families, all done with a little bit of fun and joy. She believes that if you tell a child they can do something, they can do it, which is what makes working with children so rewarding, as they inspire her every day.