Chasing the Swallow… That Should Include ALL the Referrals!

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Presenter: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC and Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP
Did you know an SLP can’t tackle an oropharyngeal dysphagia or a feeding disorder alone? Why? Because we, for lack of a better phrase, are the gatekeepers, the starting point, to the greater world of the alimentary canal! In this episode, Michelle and Erin address who should join us on the journey for PO intake and why!


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

  1. Describe the scope of practice of an SLP when treating a pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia.
  2. Identify 3 practitioners that SLPs will refer to and why they should be involved in a pediatric patient.
  3. Explain the 2 aspects of the importance of shared/overlapping scope of practice with OT and PT.

About Erin: Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP, is a recent graduate from University of South Carolina, with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She completed her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Her passions in the field of speech pathology lie with pediatric dysphagia, feeding, and AAC, specifically in patients with developmental disabilities. This interest came from her time working at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and through her feeding experiences in practicums in a variety of settings including: early-intervention, outpatient clinics, and inpatient acute care at a children’s hospital. Working with Michelle Dawson during the summer of 2017 fueled her desire to dig deeper into pediatric dysphagia specifically and to advocate for the needs of those patients who are affected by it. 

About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, 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 SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Related Area)

Course Timeline: 
0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds
10-20: Discuss scope of practice for SLP treating pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia.
20-30: Discuss specialist that SLPs can refer to and why they should involve them in a patient’s POC.
30-45: Discuss the role of OT and PT in the care plan for a pediatric patient with oropharyngeal dysphagia.  
45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement: 

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a speaker for and compensation. 

Non Financial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists 

Financial: Erin Forward is a speaker for and compensation. 

Non Financial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists 

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