First Bite #145 – April 20, 2021

The Power of Gratitude and Parent Coaching with @ThanksMorris

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the SLP Queen of Gratitude, the one and only Maria Muratalla, MS CCC-SLP, aka @thanksmorris from sunny southern California! Maria, who works with preschool aged patients, shares her keen insight into how to embrace parent coaching with school aged little ones, the benefits of focusing on gratitude with routines based intervention for EI and preschoolers, and how embedding acts of gratitude with these ages and their caregivers can bring joy to the entire team! Get your pencils and journals ready… Michelle and Maria are ready to roll!


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

  • The importance for implementing a parent coaching approach for early intervention.
  • Strategies to implement parent coaching for improved parental collaboration for school based SLPs.
  • Strategies for implementing gratitude/mindfulness into speech sessions with all populations, especially parent coaching.


Marie Muratalla, MS CCC-SLP

Marie Muratalla, MS CCC-SLP is a preschool SLP in southern California. She is passionate about making sure her students enjoy communicating with their families, friends, and teachers. Marie believes in the power of collaboration with IEP teams and wants the parents/caregivers she works with to feel empowered to use speech & language strategies at home with their little ones. When she isn’t running play-based speech therapy sessions or attending IEP meetings, Marie is spreading the power of gratitude and self-reflection throughout her social media accounts and online shop where you can find her “Say Thanks More” gratitude journal.