First Bite #140 – March 16, 2021

Functional Language Therapy Tips You Can Implement Tomorrow

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined once again by cohost extraordinaire Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, CLC. Last month Michelle and Erin gave functional strategies for feeding and they’re back this month with functional strategies for language!  If you’re in the world of Early Intervention or a Pediatric Private Practice SLP, then this is the hour for you.  Join the ladies of “First Bite” as they discuss how to embrace language acquisition within the framework of routines-based-intervention, the power of play, and how to encourage culturally competent language…even with AAC!  Check out this Tuesday night episode to make your Wednesday morning more joyful!


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

  • What routines-based-intervention is and how it relates to language acquisition.
  • The “power of play” and how engaging in every day floor time activities can improve functional language.
  • Strategies for making core language on an AAC device more culturally competent.


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.