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December 4th, 2022 from 11 AM EST – 7 PM EST

After this course, you will be able to…

  • Apply the tenants of evidenced-base practice across multiple case studies.

  • Identify appropriate evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches across multiple topic areas, including pediatric feeding disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, traumatic brain injury (TBI), while also considering interprofessional collaboration and caregiver coaching.

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be available to you after the presentation in the course area. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion inside your course area.

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Jessica Salley Riccardi, PhD CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor and the director of the Brain injury, Education, and Rehabilitation (BEaR) Lab. Her research interests include long-term outcomes for children with brain injury, particularly in the area of cognitive-communication and for high risk groups. As a speech-language pathologist, her research aims to inform multidisciplinary practices and policies for individuals who experienced a brain injury during childhood. She is passionate about mentoring students to be exceptional clinicians and researchers.

Jessica Riccardi receives a salary from the University of Maine. She is also a contributor for the MedSLP Collective and will receive an honorarium from the MedSLP Collective for this presentation.


Erin Redle Sizemore, PhD CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department at Mount St. Joseph University. She has over 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist and has worked in a variety of settings including early intervention, hospitals, and schools. Her clinical and research interests include children with in-utero opioid exposure, feeding and swallowing disorders, and working with families.

Financial Disclosures:
Receives a salary from: Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, and University of Cincinnati. Medical SLP Collective – Honoraria.
Non-financial Disclosures:

Erin Forward, MSP, CCC-SLP, CLC , Proficient DIRFloortime® Provider TBRI® Trained Practitioner is a speech-language pathologist and certified lactation counselor who has advanced training in pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, early language, AAC, and Trauma. specifically for medically complex children.
Erin graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor degree in CSD and Psychology and graduated from the University of South Carolina with her Master’s in Speech Pathology.  Erin has a Proficient DIR Floortime Provider Certification and is a TBRI Trained Practitioner
She is the regular co host of First Bite Podcast with Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC. Erin is also the lead feeding therapist and in-home coordinator at the Advanced Institute for Development and Learning, a non-profit clinic in Greenville SC. Erin has experience in outpatient, inpatient, PICU, NICU, and home health settings.


Volunteer with Feeding Matters and Dysphagia Outreach Project

Theresa Richard, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S is a medical speech-language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. While owning and operating a mobile FEES business, she discovered a gap in the clinical knowledge of medical SLPs. She created the Swallow Your Pride podcast which debuted at #11 on the Science and Medicine chart and currently has over 3 million downloads. She has been an invited keynote speaker for several conventions, has served as President of the Nevada Speech & Hearing Association, and has been featured in Authority Magazine, Medium, and Thrive Global.
Theresa continues to work tirelessly to advocate for patients with swallowing disorders and was invited to contribute to 2 papers for the Dysphagia journal on assessing and treating dysphagia during COVID. The recent release of her new book for patients with dysphagia called “So You’re Having Trouble Swallowing,” is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble best seller.  Theresa is the founder and CEO of the Medical SLP Collective which currently has over 6,000 members to provide editorial-reviewed resources, webinars for ASHA CEUs, and mentorship. She also created MedSLP Education which provides solid foundational medical courses exclusively for SLPs and a Medical SLP Certification program.

Financial Disclosures:
Theresa is the owner of the Medical SLP Collective and MedSLP Ed.
Non-financial Disclosures:

Ruth H Stonestreet, Ph.D, CCC-SLP Professor Emerita, Fellow/ASHA, Fellow/NAP, BCS-CL – Dr. Stonestreet's career has led her to experience evaluations and interventions for pediatric populations while working in school settings, private practice and academia. Her main interests are craniofacial disorders, syndromes, sequences and associations, feeding disorders, and developmental language disorders. She is Professor Emerita, Fellow-ASHA, Fellow-NAP, and Board Certified Specialist in Child Language(BCS-CL). Her degrees are from Mississippi University for Women and Southern Illinois. She remains active in state and national organizations and has presented numerous times.

Financial Disclosures:
Honoraria from the Medical SLP Collective for this presentation

Non-Financial Disclosures:
None as pertaining to this presentation

Emily Zimmerman, PhD., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northeastern University. She directs the Speech & Neurodevelopment Lab, which examines the cross-section of sucking, feeding and speech emergence across environmental, maternal, physiological, and genetic factors. Dr. Zimmerman is the Principal investigator on several NIH grants examining these themes across patient populations, including those born preterm and infants born with exposure to ZIKA virus.

Financial Disclosures:
Stated none, but will R/O about listing honorarium
Non-financial Disclosures:

Kristen Deluca, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Craniofacial Speech-Language Pathologist at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. She serves as the primary clinician for the hospitals Craniofacial Program, 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Program, and Velopharyngeal Dysfunction Clinic. She serves on ASHA's SIG5 Coordinating Committee as Member-at-Large and is an active member of ACPA.

Financial Disclosures:
Speaker from MedSLP Collective for this presentation

Non-financial Disclosures:

Jill Rabin M.S. CCC-SLP/L IBCLC is a pediatric speech pathologist and international board-certified lactation consultant who has been working with the 0- to 3-year-old population since 1986. She is based in the north suburbs of Chicago where she has a private practice working with young babies and their families to evaluate and provide treatment for feeding and speech/language issues. Her areas of specialty include facilitating breastfeeding in at-risk populations such as preterm infants, babies with tethered oral tissues, and babies with Down syndrome and using the adapted baby-led weaning approach to transition babies with feeding challenges to solids. She advocates for responsive and child-directed feeding approaches to improve feeding skills in infants and babies with feeding aversion. She contributed two chapters to the book Breastfeeding and Down syndrome and has written three posts about breastfeeding and Down syndrome on the Julia’s Way website. She co-authored a book entitled Your Baby Can Self-Feed, Too! with Gill Rapley about the adapted baby-led weaning approach . She has been featured on multiple podcasts regarding breastfeeding and bottle refusal, breastfeeding and Down syndrome, and use of her adapted baby-led weaning approach with babies with feeding challenges. She speaks nationally and internationally on these topics.

Honoraria from MedSLP Collective


 Isabel Lawton M.S.,CCC-SLP is a Jacksonville area SLP with nearly ten years of experience in various settings, working across the lifespan. She currently works in the acute care setting but has experience in the NICU, SNF, inpatient rehabilitation, schools, early intervention, mobile therapy, and private practice. In addition to her clinical work, Isabel is a fierce patient advocate who leads regular in-services and webinars on various topics related to Speech Pathology to multiple disciplines, including nursing, physicians, and administration. She has led several initiatives for improved patient outcomes, including the reinstatement of video swallow studies for dysphagia management at the height of the pandemic. Isabel loves contributing to the profession by mentoring student clinicians. Before becoming an SLP, Isabel earned bachelor degrees in International Business and Marketing. She enjoys integrating her knowledge of the private sector and professional development in her clinical practice to help her teammates and students be well-rounded clinically and professionally. She earned her Master's in Communication Science and Disorders from Florida State University. Aside from her love of all things SLP, Isabel loves spending time with her husband, two kids, and a huge family. She enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and all things related to art in any form. Oh, and true crime podcasts!

Financial Disclosures:
I will receive an honorarium for this presentation from the MedSLP Collective. I also receive wages from Ascension St. Vincent’s, Mayo Clinic, and other Jacksonville area medical facilities for PRN employment. I am the owner of Rivertown Therapy Services, LLC. I receive a fee from Jacksonville University as an adjunct professor. I am a mentor for MedSLP Ed and receive a fee for that role.

Non-financial Disclosures:
Member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Member-at-large for the Jacksonville Area Speech Pathology Association
Member of the Communication Science and Disorders Advisory Board for Jacksonville University
Member of ASHA SIG 13 – Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

 Kaitlyn Shrum MA, CCC-SLP, QOM is the owner and founder of Southern Speech & Myo. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Kaitlyn holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is a Qualified Orofacial Myologist. Kaitlyn is also certified in teaching Buteyko breathing method. She has completed continuing education focusing on dysphagia, oromyofunctional disorders, Buteyko breathing, TOTS Training, sensory-motor based feeding, the SOFFI method, Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, PECS and the Kaufman approach to treat childhood apraxia of speech. She has been published in several professional journals, for her research on phonemic awareness in children with disabilities and the benefits of dialogic book reading for vocabulary development. Additionally, Kaitlyn serves as a mentor for the FTP: Myo Membership and has developed continuing education courses focusing on myofunctional therapy and breathwork.

FTP: Myo Membership
Northern Speech Services -Continuing Education Course instructor


Katie Threlkeld, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 8 years of clinical experience. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri in the Health & Rehabilitation Science program with a research focus on motor speech disorders and auditory-perceptual assessment. Specialized in motor speech disorders, AAC, and aural rehabilitation, Katie has developed proficient skills in these clinical areas providing assessment and treatment for patients across the lifespan. She serves on the ASHA SIG 2 (Neurogenic Communication Disorders) Professional Development Committee and is certified in SPEAK OUT! and LSVT Loud. Katie has presented at the state and national level on topics related to motor speech disorders, AAC, and aural rehabilitation. She is the Educational Program Developer at Forbes AAC, is a mentor for the Medical SLP Collective, and has teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Will receive an honorarium from MedSLP Collective for this presentation
Paid full-time employee at Forbes AAC (Educational Program Developer)
Receives payment from the Medical SLP Collective as a mentor

Member of ASHA, MSHA, and ISSAC

Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech-language pathologist in Columbia, SC, adjunct professor with University of South Carolina, is the acclaimed host of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” a weekly Speech Therapy Podcast that addresses “all thangs” Pediatric Speech Therapy, and is presented by Recently, Michelle authored, “Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders”. She is an accomplished lecturer; traveling across the nation delivering courses on best practices for evaluation and treatment of the medically complex infant, toddler, and child with respect to their pediatric oropharyngeal dysphagia, pediatric feeding disorder, as well as language acquisition within the framework of Early Intervention. She has served as the Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents, is a Past President of the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (SCSHA), a 2017 graduate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Leadership Development Program, a 2020 recipient of the Pediatric Feeding Disorder Awareness Champion from Feeding Matters, a 2021 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement from the South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, and eight-time recipient of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ACE Award for continuing education.

Michelle Dawson receives compensation for similar presentations from from webinars, as well as from the CEUs associated with “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” and “Understanding Dysphagia”, both are speech therapy podcasts. Michelle also receives compensation for a similar webinar from PESI, Inc. Michelle is a speech-language pathologist with Midlands Therapy Services in Columbia, South Carolina, for which she receives an annual salary. She is also adjunct professor with University of South Carolina, for which she receives a salary. She also receives royalties from the sale of her book Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, and compensation for the CEUs for it from She did receive compensation her time for speaking today from the Med SLP Collective.

Michelle Dawson is a volunteer with Feeding Matters, National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, Dysphagia Outreach Project, a former Treasurer with the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP), and a Past President with South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (SCSHA). She is a current member of both ASHA , ASHA SIG 13, SCSHA, and the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS). Michelle volunteered with ASHA for the Pediatric Feeding Disorder planning committee for the ASHA 2022 Convention. She is also the Topic Chair for the Pediatric Feeding Disorder committee for the ASHA 2023 Convention.

Kara Larson, MS, CCC-SLP


I am a salaried employee of Boston Children's Hospital
I am paid part-time faculty at Boston University
I am paid part-time faculty at Emerson College
I am paid consultant at Tomy International
I receive an honorarium from Medical SLP Collective

Non-financial Disclosures:

Course Agenda



  • 11:00- 11:30 AM – Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Severe Brain Injury in a Young Adult

  • 11:30-12:00 PM – Title-Persistent Feeding and Swallowing Disorders After Intrauterine Opioid Exposure (IOE)

  • 12:00-12:30 PM – Pre-feeding skills: Relationship and Engagement: The Story of building Relationship for Success in Feeding Therapy Through 2 Case Studies

  • 12:30-1:00 PM- Can I Have A Seat At The Table? Pediatric Non-Traumatic Brain Injury – Case Study

  • 1:00-1:15 PM – Break

  • 1:15-1:45 PM- Stickler Syndrome: Case Study From Beginning to Present

  • 1:45-2:15 PM-Infant non-nutritive suck across patient populations

  • 2:15-2:45 PM- Velopharyngeal Dysfunction in a Child with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Structure vs. Function

  • 2:45-3:15 PM – Transitioning Babies with Feeding Aversion to the Breast with Use of a Haaka Nipple Shield

  • 3:15-3:45 PM – Break

  • 3:45-4:45 PM- Pediatric Non-Traumatic Brain Injury – Case Study

  • 4:45-5:15 PM- Evaluation and Treatment Through a Myofunctional Lense

  • 5:15-5:45 PM- Pediatric AAC Intervention: Ideas for Facilitating Multimodal Communication

  • 5:45-6:00 PM – Break

  • 6:00-6:30 PM- Research to Practice: Caregiver Coaching for Pediatric Feeding Disorder

  • 6:30-7:00 PM- A Tale of 2 Weans: Thickened Liquids and G-tube


Additional FAQs

Can I get ASHA CEUS for this Course?

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be available to you after the presentation in the course area. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion inside your course area.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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