First Bite #74 – November 12, 2019

The Positive Power of Interprofessional Practice for Pediatric Dysphagia

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Megan Richmond, DHA, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC, a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over eighteen years of clinical and research experience, who is also trained in yoga for the special child through Kripalu. Dr. Megan’s unique background of research on best practices for Interprofessional Practice when treating Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders is a special treat for this episode. She too was frustrated by traditional “silo” approaches to therapy, so she dove into the field with a desire to learn “How do we fix this?”…and long story short it became her life’s work for 4 years of intense study. The end result, one amazing journey towards a Doctorate in Health Adminstration, and a new zeal to share that information with colleagues around the globe! Be inspired with laughter and light when these two nerdy SLP gals take on Interprofessional Practice!


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

  • 3 potential Interprofessional Practice team members for evaluation and treatment of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders.
  • 3 guiding principles of Interprofessional Practice and how to incorporate them into practice.
  • 3 common barriers to Interprofessional Practice for the Early Intervention SLP and how to overcome them.


Megan Richmond, DHA, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC

Megan Richmond is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with over eighteen years of clinical and research experience. She is also certified in neonatal touch and massage, the administration of the neonatal oral motor assessment scale, and has training in yoga for the special child through Kripalu. She also integrates her certification as a lactation counselor in her clinical practice. Her clinical experience spans neonates through adolescents with feeding diagnoses in acute care, early intervention, inpatient day feeding programs, and outpatient settings. Megan has teamed with many speech-language pathologists and university professors throughout the United States to co-author and edit speech and language therapy materials and textbooks. She has presented at the state and national level on many topics related to speech-language pathology, pediatric feeding disorders, and interprofessional practice.

Megan has a strong interest in researching outcomes of NICU graduates and effective service delivery models. Her doctoral research completed at the Medical University of South Carolina examined the Association of Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy Utilization in NICU Babies who have Feeding Disorders at Birth. Megan is very passionate about continuing health services research that examines outcomes related to pediatric speech, language, and feeding therapy