From EI to LEA: How to Ensure ALL Kids Make the Great Transition

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Presenters: Michelle L.W. Dawson, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC and Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP
In this 1-hr podcourse, Michelle shares information and examples of the many young medically fragile and developmentally disordered children she’s worked with and explains why and how to ensure a quality transfer into school-related services. She stresses the importance of a comprehensive, coordinated and team-based approach for the continuation of critical services.

By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly explain why it’s important for the receiving school SLP to have the knowledge and history of the in-coming special-needs child.
  2. Explain two reasons why the school SLP is now asked to do feeding therapy.
  3. Provide, as a school SLP, at least two ways to ensure you receive all the information needed about the in-coming child.
About Michelle: Michelle has lived in Columbia, SC since January 2012. She completed her BS in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2005, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2009. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both universities. She started her career in 2006 as an SLPA in a rural public school.

Michelle is an accomplished lecturer and has given numerous ASHA lectures on infantile spasm and oropharyngeal dysphagia, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI. She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective. Michelle has delivered lectures at the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association Convention.

About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since 1993, she has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics,, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link, and is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0 to 1 minutes: Introduction

2 to 7 minutes: Examples and issues of the involved children Michelle currently works with—genetic conditions, developmental issues, and environmental influences. “Tonicity” is briefly discussed.

8 to 12 minutes “We all continue to learn!” Unique characteristics of some of her cases: cleft palate, nasal emission, etc.

13 to 17 minutes Making referrals; state interpretations; referral examples.

18 to 27 minutes About and how to implement critical transition points into the LEA (Local Education Agency)

28 to 51 minutes Suggested resources for feeding knowledge; School SLPs and feeding therapy; Referrals and legality specifics SLPs need to know. 

52 to 60 minutes: Questions & Answers with Michelle

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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