Pediatric Dysphagia evaluation in home health….wait, what…we can do that…and bill for it?

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Presenter: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, Erin Forward, MSP, CF, SLP
Michelle is joined by the lovely Erin Forward of Rochester, NY, where they tackle hard questions facing the world of pediatric speech therapy. In this episode, the roles are reversed and Erin asks Michelle about special considerations when completing a pediatric dysphagia/feeding eval in the home health/natural environment setting.


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

  1. Identify and describe 2 components of a home-health pediatric dysphagia/feeding eval.
  2. Identify and describe 2 reasons why a patient warrants a skilled clinical evaluation.
  3. Identify and describe 3 components of a food log.
About Erin: Erin Forward is currently finishing up her final externship as a Master in Speech Pathology student at the University of South Carolina. 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:

10 mins: Introductions and Backgrounds

10 mins: Discuss components of a home-health pediatric dysphagia/feeding eval.

10 mins: Discuss reasons why certain patients warrant a skilled clinical evaluation.

15 mins: Discuss components of a food log.

15 mins: 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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