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Chasing the Swallow… That Should Include ALL the Referrals!

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Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Erin Forward, MS, CF-SLP
In this lively episode, Michelle is joined by the lovely Miss Erin Forward, MS, CF-SLP, formerly of Rochester, NY, but now of Cola-Town, SC to assist in “Chasing the Swallow”!  Did you know an SLP can’t tackle an oropharyngeal dysphagia or a feeding disorder alone?  Well folks, we can’t!  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 identify and describe:

  1. The scope of practice of an SLP when treating a pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia.
  2. Three practitioners that SLPs will refer to and why they should be involved in a pediatric patients POC.
  3. The 2 aspects of the importance of shared/overlapping scope of practice with OT and PT.
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 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 for Erin Forward:

Financial: Erin Forward is a presenter for Video Continuing Education LLC and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for Video Continuing Education LLC and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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