First Bite #66 – September 17, 2019

Advocacy in Action starts with YOU!

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by powerhouse SLP that is Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, who is the clinical director and CEO of The Swain Center for Listening, Communicating, and learning. She is also the immediate past president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). So have you had an amazing idea, you know the kind that keeps ya up at night because it is so brilliant you can’t sleep due to your thoughts racing? But then you come back to the almost insurmountable hurdle of how to fund that great Speech-Language Pathology idea? Well…worry no more friend! Dr. Deb is here to share how she transformed ideas into action with the aid of a series of ASHA Grants! She will share advice on the application process, the dynamic outcomes embodied in “200 words by 2” and “2-word combos by 2”, then wrap out this intense hour with functional advice on how to use these tools to educate your local pediatricians on the vital importance of functional language by 2 years of age! Per the usual, it’s a fast-paced but rewarding hour with Michelle and Dr. Deb!


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

  1. 2 considerations for applying for an ASHA grant.
  2. 3 components of the “200 words by 2” and/or the “2 word combos by 2” initiatives.  
  3. 2 ways to educate their local pediatricians about the importance of “200 by 2” and “2 word combos by 2”.



Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP