First Bite #104 – June 09, 2020

Research Reviews for the Real World

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined again by her regular First Bite Co-Host, Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, and they share some recent research in the world of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders! Today, Michelle and Erin address 5 different research articles covering everything from laryngomalacia and a supraglottaplasty repair to a systematic weaning protocol of thickened for little ones with a past medical history that includes aspiration. The ladies of First Bite are hitting up some of their favorite journals including “JAMA-Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery”, “The Journal of Pediatrics”, and “The Laryngoscope” to name a few! Enjoy the research review and how they build a bridge to real world applications of clinical case studies!


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

  • Article conclusions on behavior readiness cues and impact of efficiency for oral feeds for the preterm infant.
  • Article conclusions for correlation of laryngomalacia and dysphagia, as well as findings after a supraglottaplasty.
  • Article conclusions about the systematic weaning protocol for transitioning a pediatric patient from thickened liquids to thin liquids.


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.