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66: SLP Advocacy in Action starts with YOU! - Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by powerhouse SLP that is Deborah Ross-Swain, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, who is the clinical director and CEO of The Swain Center for Listening, Communicating and learning. She is also the immediate past president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA). So have you had an amazing idea, you know the kind that keeps ya up at night because it is so brilliant you can’t sleep due to your thoughts racing? But then you come back to the almost...


65: Ethics Behind Bilingual Evaluations and Treatment - Fé Murray, EdD, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by the fabulous Fé Murray, EdD, CCC-SLP, who is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Northern Arizona University (NAU), and the Immediate Past President of the Arizona State Speech Language and Hearing Association. Have you been unsettled by a recent referral for a child who speaks a different language? Are you unsure with how to proceed? Concerned on whether or not you need an interpreter to assist in...


64: Ideas & Inspirations to Motivate Your Kids to Practice - Char Boshart, MA, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by the charming Southern Lady that is Char Boshart, MA CCC-SLP…THE SLP behind the dynamic “Speech Link” PodCourse, also sponsored by! Have you felt “stuck” lately trying to get your little one’s family motivated to implement Speech Therapy homework… aka The sometimes dreaded Home Exercise Program? Welp…me too friend! But I have great news! Char is here to help give us functional strategies to establish motivation and “buy-in” from our...


63: Grace in Grief: 7 Stages, PPD, PTSD, and how they impact a ST Session - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

In this podcourse, the presenters tackle an often taboo topic, Grief. Too often we “feel” when a patient’s family is having an “off day”, but what happens when those “off days” become the norm? Grief, Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, these are all too commonly overlooked diagnoses that the parents and guardians of the special babies we work with, have to deal with on a daily basis. Are you prepared to recognize these s/s? Have you advocated and conveyed your...


62: The Power of Waiting - Krystal Vermillion, MOT, OTR/L

In this episode Michelle is joined by her dear friend Krystal Vermillion, MOT,OTR/L, from The Shriner’s Hospital Greenville, SC. This episode is near and dear to Michelle’s heart as Krystal’s guidance on utilization of therapeutic cues not only shaped the frequency and types of cues that Michelle has used with her patients, but also with her own personal tiny humans. In short, sometimes the auditory bombardment and latency period that SLP’s, (and tired Mommas), use in general are too much...


61: “Speechie Side Up” Presents AAC - Venita Litvack, MA, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by the hostess with Venita Litvack, MA, CCC-SLP, of “The Speechie Side Up” Podcast and SLP Blog. Today they cover all “thangs” AAC. Ever struggled to find credible resources for learning more about theory and history of best practices behind pediatric AAC, or how to implement AA with a complex pediatric patient, or… and here is the kicker…getting the daycare teachers or the ECSE on board with using the device within their classrooms? Venita is here to take...


60: OTs and Feeding? Who knew!?! - Elizabeth “Beth” Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES

In this episode Michelle is joined by the one and only Elizabeth “Beth” Halpin, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES, aka Feeding Therapy, OT guru extraordinaire! Yep, we own it, Beth rocks!! This is the hour that your questions pertaining to the Scope of Practice for Occupational Therapists engaged in Feeding Therapy are FINALLY answered! Beth offers functional hands-on, (no pun intended), resources for the EBP of “messy” and “sensory play”, as well as general EBP guidelines for how to incorporate OT skills...


59: So About That IDDSI! - Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by Erin Forward, MSP CCC-SLP, and they take on the beast of the change between the National Dysphagia Diet and the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative. It is time! Erin and Michelle spend this fast paced hour updating and taste testing foods and drinks according to the new IDDSI guidelines! They will share their favorite IDDSI transition resources, as well as help to explain the differences in food and drink between NDD and...


58: Early Childhood and AAC… with SpeechandLanguage Songs - Stephen Kneece, MA, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by Mr. Stephen Kneece, MA CCC-SLP, the charming southern gentlemen who is the mastermind, voice, and musician behind the YouTube Channel “Speech & Language Songs”. Stephen, who serves as the Assistive Technology Consultant for Aiken County School District during the day, joins Michelle to share his passion for all “thangs” AAC. Core Vocab, Fringe, the struggles of choosing an AAC device, and evidenced based options if Speech Generating isn’t the way to go...


57: Therapeutic Handling for the Critical Core - Paul Tardy, OTR/L

In this episode Michelle is joined by her mentor, colleague, and “Brother by a Different Mother”, Paul Tardy, OTR/L, of “PT the OT Therapy and Wellness”. Have you ever seen an OT palm a child like a basketball, or bounce them in varying directions on a ball like a wobble head, or seen the kiddo crawling across the floor and observe and OT roll a therapy ball…crash boom bang…right into them and subtlety, or maybe not so subtlety wonder “What in the world are they doing to that kid?!?”. Well,...


56: Essential Elements for Pediatric Audiology Evaluations - Jason Wigand, MA, AuD, CCC-A

In this episode Michelle is joined by the delightful Jason Wigand, AuD., CCC-A, and they pick up where they left off in Episode 38, “The Spectacular Power of Listening”! As they put the cart before the horse and covered interventions last go-around, this episode is dedicated to best practices for audiology evaluations: the different types of hearing tests/assessments available, when various ones are clinically indicated, as well as when it is appropriate to seek out for an evaluation. Fast...


55: The Problem with Productivity - Erin Forward, MSP, CF-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by the energetic Erin Forward, MS CF-SLP. Today is the day they take on that problematic word…”Productivity”! Fear not Friends! Not only will they define productivity, as well as it’s sister words caseload and workload, but they will discuss how productivity guidelines vary across settings, states, and offer some functional solutions to tackle productivity pressures that you may encounter in your Monday-Friday routine. Hopefully after this...


54: Ethics and Early Intervention with Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland

In this Special Sunday Night episode, Michelle is joined by a fellow Palmetto State Lady, the one and only Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland, ASHA’s Immediate Past President. Dr. Elise is here to share her wisdom on the importance of Ethics within the Early Intervention. Crucial conversations takes place regarding the differences between Poverty and Neglect, when a DSS referral is warranted, Clinician Safety and the ethics of transferring a patient or when discharging is warranted, as well as...


53: Outstanding Orientation to OT Scope of Practice - Paul Tardy, OTR/L

In this episode Michelle is joined by the dynamic powerhouse that is Paul Tardy, OTR/L, her dear friend, mentor, and “Big Brother by a different Mother”! Paul, owner of “PT the OT Therapy and Wellness”, spends this fast paced hour illuminating colleagues from both the EI, OT, and SLP worlds to the varied roles and responsibilities within the scope of practice of Occupational Therapy, dispels the myth of “Oh you’re the one who teach them to write and stack blocks”, and also sheds light on how...


52: Sage Sierra Therapy Tips for Starting a Private Practice - Shawna Ross, MS, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by the one and only Shawna Ross of the Sierra Therapy Group from the far-far-far away land of Reno, NV! Together these two ASHA LDP Cohort grads tackle the fears and tribulations of what goes on behind the scenes prior to opening the doors of a private practice. Listen in as the wise and utterly delightful Shawna shares her passion that drove her to become not only a dynamic clinician, but also successful private practice owner that regularly gives back to...


51: Elusive IPP for the EI Clinician - Erin Forward, MSP, CF-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP, where they will tackle the often elusive but ideal Interprofessional Practice approach for Early Intervention. Michelle and Erin, amongst countless other EI Clinicians out there in the field, often feel completely alone and isolated when treating patients in their natural environments. Do you too struggle with lack of team support, lack of open dialogue between practitioners, and do you also often feel that these...


50: Cortical Vision Impairments and AAC - Carol Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, CBIS

In this episode Michelle is joined once again by the talented Carol A. Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, CBIS is the Director of the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) at the USC School of Medicine, from Episode 24, “AAC is more than Pictures and Velcro?!? What?!?”. Have you worked with a child who needed an AAC device, but had limited vision? Maybe they were diagnosed with a CVI and you were scratching your head as to what that diagnosis is…then afraid to move forward with...


49: Raising Red Flags for Dyslexia - Susan Lee, MA, CCC-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined by the multitalented Susan Lee, MA CCC-SLP, of Anderson, IN. If you’re in the world of early intervention or pediatric home health, then you probably don’t treat patients who have dyslexia on a regular basis…however I bet you have had had patients that you were concerned about! Well, Susan Lee, who was also trained in Orton-Gillingham techniques, is here to decode warning signs for dyslexia in our youngsters! She will share early warning signs, explain at...


48: Serious Talk About Stuttering in Preschoolers - Craig Coleman, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-F

In this episode Michelle is joined by the highly skilled and incredibly passionate Craig Coleman, MA CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow, and Candidate for ASHA VP of Planning, to discuss best practice for diagnosis and treatment of stuttering in preschool age children. As Michelle has joked in past episodes, this is not exactly her cup of tea, but Craig is here to offer evidenced based solutions that are easily implemented in ALL Natural Environments… so sit back and enjoy the practical tips...


47: The Language of Language Assessments - Erin Forward, MSP, CF-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once by again by her dynamic First Bite partner the lovely Miss Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP. Today they jump into the data behind the Language Assessments that we use to evaluate our little ones. Specificity, Sensitivity, Validity, and even ASHA Guidelines on what is “Best Practice for Assessments” and when we should draw our proverbial line in the sand and trash a test are all covered. Be warned, there are a couple of EBP Soapboxes floating around!