First Bite #51 – June 11, 2019

Elusive IPP 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 Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP, where they will tackle the often elusive but ideal Interprofessional Practice approach for Early Intervention. Michelle and Erin, amongst countless other EI Clinicians out there in the field, often feel completely alone and isolated when treating patients in their natural environments. Do you too struggle with lack of team support, lack of open dialogue between practitioners, and do you also often feel that these breakdowns do a disservice to the patient and their progress? Well today’s episode is all about inspiring change and learning how to embrace and establish a true Interprofessional Practice in the world of EI.


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

  • The difference between Interprofessional Practice, Multi-disciplinary Practice, and Trans-disciplinary Practice.
  • 3 different resources that they can use to establish an IPP in the world of EI.
  • 3 steps to take towards establishing an IPP in the world of Early Intervention.


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.