First Bite #23 – November 20, 2018

Pass the Gravy and Start the Feeding Therapy: Understanding the Emotional Issues

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

Course Description

In this lively episode, Michelle is joined by the lovely Miss Erin Forward, MS CF-SLP, formally of Rochester, NY, but now of Cola-Town, SC to assist in “Chasing the Swallow”!  Did you know an SLP can’t tackle oropharyngeal dysphagia or a feeding disorder alone?!? Well, folks, we can’t!  Why?  Because we, for lack of a better phrase, are the gatekeepers, the starting point, to the greater world of the alimentary canal!  In this episode, Michelle and Erin address who should join us on the journey for PO intake and why!


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

  • 3 questions to ask when evaluating a child who has a “behavioral feeding disorder”.
  • 3 ways to incorporate family members into treatment.
  • 2 treatment options for functional Home-Exercise Program (HEP) to assist with carry-over for treatment for “behavioral feeding disorders”.


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.