First Bite #185 – May 18, 2022

Cerebral Palsy: Impact for Functional Communication and Pediatric Feeding Disorder

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

Course Description

In this LIVE episode, Michelle is joined by her co-host Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, CLC, to discuss how a little one’s diagnosis of Cerebral palsy (CP) can impact functional communication and potentially result in a pediatric feeding disorder (PFD). It is important for a clinician to understand how the four major groups of Cp differentiate from one another, because each presentation comes with its own treatment considerations given unique comorbidities. So, join Michelle and Erin LIVE as they deep dive into how the four classifications of CP can impact access for functional communication and feeding. Be sure to bring a case study question too for Q&A time at the end!


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

  • 4 classifications of Cerebral palsy (CP).
  • How the different types of CP can result in functional communication difficulties.
  • How the different types of CP can result in a pediatric feeding/swallowing disorder.


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.