First Bite #132 – January 19, 2021

Continued Conversations on Clinical Case Studies

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

Course Description

To kick off their first episode of 2021, Michelle and Erin, tackle one of their favorite topics, Clinical Case Studies for evaluation and treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders! If you have any biodegradable glitter leftover from your home-based NYE celebration, now would be the time to throw it! In this hour the ladies address some current clinical needs for individuals that have signs and symptoms of neurogenic based PFD, congenital heart defect (CHD) induced PFD and esophageal dysphagia. Tune in as Michelle and Erin consult on the steps they have taken to engage Interprofessional Practice for the care of the little ones and how uncovering the new etiologies is shaping their plan of care.


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

  • Signs and symptoms of Rett syndrome and how it can result in a PFD.
  • Signs and symptoms of PFD secondary to CHD and complications post-surgery.
  • Signs and symptoms of Esophageal Dysphagia and appropriate PFD therapeutic interventions.


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.