First Bite #76 – November 26, 2019

Food Allergies, Friendsgiving, and You!

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

Course Description

In this episode, the dynamic duo of Michelle and Erin are back to discuss breaking bread on “Friendsgiving”. Should we try Aunt Jenny’s tuna casserole? Or is Uncle Scott’s “World Famous Oyster Stuffing” really that famous? Or is the shellfish/gluten combo going to send us running…straight for the medicine cabinet? Or have you been tasked with the hosting assignment this year and don’t know where to begin? (And we’re not talking about the difficult table-scaping decisions.) This yummy hour addresses the difference between an allergen vs an intolerance, common food allergy families are mapped out, and resources on where to go to learn more are offered. Don’t worry, by the end we might just have the perfect stuffing recommendations and have resolved which set of china to use too!


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

  • The difference between an allergy and an intolerance.
  • 3 different common food allergy families.
  • 3 different resources to learn more about food allergy families.


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.