First Bite #115 – September 01, 2020

Expanding Your Evidence Based Triangle for Pediatric Feeding Disorders with Alyson, Erin, and Michelle

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

Course Description

This episode combines the great minds of Alyson Smith, MS CCC-SLP from @ei.teletherapy on Instagram, Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP, and Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC, where they deep dive into evidence based intervention for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders. Join this electrifying trio as they tackle what the true definition of evidenced-based practice is for PFDs, move into explaining exercise principles, and discuss how to implement EBP strategies in your Early Intervention Clinic or Home-Based Services. These three women are on a mission to bring fabulously functional tips to your practice via an hour packed with laughter and #SLPNerdCrushes ☺


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

  • The definition of Evidenced-Based Practice and how it correlates to Pediatric Feeding Disorders.
  • 4 steps involved in Evidenced-Based Decision making.
  • 2 ways to evaluate the validity of the evidence presented.


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.


Alyson Smith, MS CCC-SLP

Alyson Smith is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with feeding and swallowing experience in infants, toddlers, and young children. She is an advocate for evidence-based practices and has received two ASHA Awards for Continuing Education. Alyson is currently pursuing her Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.