First Bite #136 – February 16, 2021

Functional Feeding Therapy Tips You can Implement Tomorrow

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by her regular cohost Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, CLC, as they spend an hour tackling all thangs functional feeding strategies! If you are working in the world of Early Intervention or thinking about making the switch, but unsure of how to implement routines-based intervention within the framework of treating a pediatric feeding disorder (PFD), then the lovely ladies of “First Bite” have you covered this hour. Michelle and Erin walk you through how routines-based intervention allows you to ditch that dread bag of toys and chewys for good, advise you on how to include caregivers and siblings in treatment, as well as discuss the positively powerful evidenced behind slow incremental changes via tapered weaning protocol and how it can guide our patients on their PFD journey! Come join the ladies of First Bite for these quick tips you can successfully implement tomorrow!


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

  • What routines-based intervention is and how it works with pediatric feeding disorders.
  • Strategies to engage caregivers and siblings into treatment for pediatric feeding disorders.
  • Strategies for tapered weaning protocol and increased viscosity of food in treatment for pediatric feeding disorders.


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.