First Bite #31 – January 22, 2019

Critical Thinking for Clinical Case Studies

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined once again by her partner in all things nerdy mischief Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP. Today is the day where they go in and act as Speech-Language Pathology Sleuths! Are you prepared to don your deerstalker cap? (Don’t lie, you goggled that…it’s the Sherlock Holmes hat!) We tackle pediatric CVAs, EOE, Hirschsprung’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and also a quick foray into where to start when the etiology is as of yet unknown. We hope you enjoy the complexity of the cases and the joy of these patients healing processes as much as we do!


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

  • How to triage a pediatric feeding case with CVAs as the original etiology.
  • The definition of EOE (eosinophillic esophagitis) and provide 2 suggestions for treatment.
  • 3 potential concomitant etiologies for a patient with Down Syndrome and how it impacts their feeding.


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.