First Bite #43 – April 16, 2019

Mastering the Coaching Model for the EI Clinician

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined once again by her partner in nerdy SLP Adventures Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP. Have you been scratching your head trying to figure out this whole “Coaching Model” for EI? Well, scratch no more! The Lovely Ladies of First Bite are going to provide the framework and guidance that explains why and how to use the “Coaching Model”, then take it another step further and address how to implement it for the medically fragile child on your caseload. Worry not, they will then offer functional advice on how to implement the “Coaching Model” with individual caregivers in the patient’s life, everyone from the Marvelous Momma to the Regal RN! Hope you enjoy the coaching on how to be a better coach!


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

  • What the “Coaching” model of EI is and offer 3 documents to guide its’ implementation.
  • 2 strategies for implementing coaching for the medically complex patient.
  • 3 considerations for providing “Coaching” to individuals who serve/act in different roles in the patient’s life: parent, foster parent, nurse, daycare worker, etc.


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.