Critical Thinking for Clinical Case Studies

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Presenters: Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Erin Forward, MSP-CF-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by her partner in all things nerdy mischief Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP.  Today is the day where they go in and act as Speech-Language Pathology Sleuths!  Are you prepared to don your deerstalker cap? (Don’t lie, you goggled that…it’s the Sherlock Holmes hat!)  We tackle pediatric CVAs, EOE, Hirschsprung’s Disease, Celiac Disease, and also a quick foray into where to start when the etiology is as of yet unknown.  We hope you enjoy the complexity of the cases and the joy of these patients healing processes as much as we do!

By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe how to triage a pediatric feeding case with CVAs as the original etiology.
  2. Identify and explain the definition of EOE (eosinophillic esophagitis) and provide 2 suggestions for treatment.
  3. Identify and describe 3 potential concomitant etiologies for a patient with Down Syndrome and how it impacts their feeding.
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:

8-8:10: Introductions and Backgrounds

8:10-8:20: Discuss prevalence of CVAs in pediatric population and impact on feeding.

8:20-8:30: Discuss the prevalence of EOE and impact on pediatric feeding.

8:30-8:45: Discuss concomitant etiologies in children with Down Syndrome and how it impacts feeding.  

8:45-9:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

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

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Erin Forward:

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

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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