Banishing Basic “Feeding” Myths in the World of Pediatrics

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Presenters: Erin Forward and Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP
In this lively episode, Michelle is joined by the lovely Miss Erin Forward, MS CF-SLP, formally of Rochester, NY, to bust some of our pre-conceived myths regarding treatment of “feeding” disorders in the pediatric world.  Defining the etiology of the dysphagia, the confusion of utilization of EBP strategies with adults and how EBP can often become misplaced when treating pediatrics is discussed, as well as some of our favorite resources to develop our EBP for pediatrics is discussed.  It’s an intense session, but one that has been worth the wait! 

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

  1. Three different medical diagnoses and how they can trigger an Oropharygneal Dysphagia.
  2. Two EBP for treating adults and how these can be replicated with pediatrics.
  3. Three evidence-based practice supports to grow as a clinician.
About Erin: Erin Forward, MS CF-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 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 (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss medical diagnoses/terminology that could trigger an oropharyngeal dysphagia.

20-30: Discuss EBP for treating adults and how some of these options can be replicated in the pediatric realm.

30-45: Discuss evidence-based resources to help clinicians grow their skill set.  

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Erin Forward:

Financial: Erin Forward is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

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

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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