First Bite #181 – April 20, 2022

Embracing Interprofessional Practice for PFD with Feeding Matters

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle and Erin are joined by Jaclyn Pederson, MHI
Chief Executive Officer with Feeding Matters, and Cuyler Romeo, M.O.T., OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC Director of Strategic Initiatives for Feeding Matters, to get us all in a joyful mood for the 9th International Pediatric Feeding Disorder Conference! Feeding Matters is known internationally for placing the Caregiver at the heart of the Interprofessional Practice Team for a little one with a PFD…but do you know why this is so critical? Do you know why it is vital for each PFD IPP team to have an OTR/L involved in the little one’s care too? For sixty minutes, Jaclyn and Cuyler share current evidence-based practice for why these team members are critical in a patient’s care…and offer functional strategies for engaging in interprofessional practice too! After the course, stick around for a little bit longer and they will fill you in on all the hot topics and exciting news that Feeding Matters has to share about the conference and new initiatives they are planning for the coming year! Dear Feeding Matters…thank you for leading the way for all thangs PFD!


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

  • Why a caregiver should be the core of a pediatric feeding interprofessional practice team.
  • The role of an occupational therapist on a pediatric feeding interprofessional practice team.
  • 2 strategies to successfully engage in interprofessional practice with multiple team members.


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.


Jaclyn Pederson, MHI, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding Matters

With more than fifteen years’ experience in program development and nonprofit management, Jaclyn Pederson’s broad knowledge of programming in the public and social sectors includes strategic initiative design, fund development, special events, grant writing, healthcare systems, healthcare innovation, and community engagement. A system thinker and positive team builder, she uses transformational leadership principals to develop energized and efficient workgroups that influence significant organizational and systemic change for all affected by pediatric feeding disorder –such as the effort to create a stand-alone diagnosis code for PFD. Named in the 2017 Class of 40 under 40 by the Phoenix Business Journal, Jaclyn was recently elevated to the CEO position at Feeding Matters after working for nearly 8 years to advance the system of care for children with PFD. Jaclyn serves as past president of the YNPN Phoenix Board of Directors and is a current member and chair of the Program Committee of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation’s Leadership Council.


Cuyler Romeo, M.O.T., OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Feeding Matters

Occupational Therapist and Pediatric Feeding Specialist Cuyler Romeo’s extensive leadership and clinical experience are instrumental in the execution and management of Feeding Matters’ strategic initiatives. In partnership with the CEO, Cuyler collaborates with constituents to identify, track, and assess innovative approaches to the PFD system of care. Cuyler also facilitates strategic partnerships with select professional associations including the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Cuyler served as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, and gained valuable insight on funding trends and industry implications as the director of clinical innovations at Therapy 2000. She is currently a treating clinician in Banner-University Medical Center’s NICU and works to advance the feeding skill domain by facilitating AOTA’s mealtime Occupations: Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing Community of Practice.