Michelle L.W. Dawson
In her debut book, Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders, Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP, CLC dispels the myth that behavioral feeding aversions are the most common source of a child’s refusal to eat. Michelle guides the reader on how to uncover the true medical etiology driving their patient’s pediatric feeding disorder by engaging in interprofessional education and practice with the care team. Chasing the Swallow, inspired by the intimate conversations that have been the joy of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional,” a Speech Therapy Podcast, enlightens the reader as to why the patient and caregivers are the core of clinical decision making for evaluation and treatment in any child’s pediatric feeding disorder. Chasing the Swallow serves as a compass rose on how to make your professional voice heard in the process of creating a holistic village, embracing a variety of members from allied health to nonprofit community supports, for each individual child’s journey. In true Michelle fashion, readers are inspired to lean in and take the next step to advocate for each infant, toddler, and child on their caseload, all while laughing through her relatable and heartfelt personal experiences. Come on Folks, We have a bolus to chase!