Empowering families and professionals through interprofessional partnerships
This Feeding Matters pre-conference interactive learning event, “Walking Together: Family and Professional Collaboration on the PFD Journey” is a live virtual event designed to develop the necessary skills to truly bring the family voice to the forefront of care for children with PFD. A family panel will lead the discussion as professionals and families unite to dive deep into why care decisions are made and how such decisions impact a child’s trajectory on the PFD journey. Attendees will leave equipped with new skills designed to support informed decision making gained through case analysis, communication scenario practicums and the application of interprofessional practice tools.
Participants will be able to:
- List at least 3 barriers to family centered communication.
- Identify a communication pivot point within a caregiver-provider conversation that influences care options and outcomes.
- Utilize a communication tool and verbalize at least 3 rubric options when engaging in a critical conversation.
Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC
Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, CLC, speech-language pathologist with Therapeutic Designs and Services in Hartsville, SC, is the acclaimed host of “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional” a weekly Speech Therapy Podcast that addresses “all thangs” Pediatric Speech Therapy which is presented by Speechtherapypd.com. 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, 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, a 2021 recipient of the State Clinical Achievement Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Foundation, and seven-time recipient of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ACE Award for continuing education.
Financial Disclosures: Michelle Dawson is a speech-language pathologist with Therapeutic Designs and Services, in Hartsville, South Carolina, for which she receives a salary. Michelle authored, "Chasing the Swallow: Truth, Science, and Hope for Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders" from which she receives royalties from the sale of it. She is the host of "First Bite: A Speech Therapy Podcast" for which she receives compensation from SpeechTherapyPD.com. She also receives compensation for numerous presentations from SpeechTherapyPD.com and compensation for a presentation with PESI, Inc.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Michelle Dawson is a volunteer with Feeding Matters, a former Treasurer with the Council of State Association Presidents, and a Past President with South Carolina Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (SCSHA). She is a member of SCSHA, ASHA, and the Dysphagia Research Society (DRS).
Cuyler Romeo, M.O.T., OTR/L, SCFES, IBCLC
Occupational Therapist and Pediatric Feeding Specialist Cuyler Romeo’s extensive leadership and clinical experience are instrumental in the execution and management of Feeding Matters’ strategic initiatives. In partnership with the CEO, Jaclyn Pederson, Cuyler collaborates with constituents to identify, track, and assess innovative approaches to the PFD system of care. Cuyler also facilitates strategic partnerships with select professional associations including the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Prior to joining Feeding Matters, Cuyler served as a founding partner of Mealtime Connections, LLC, and gained valuable insight on funding trends and industry implications as the director of clinical innovations at Therapy 2000. She is currently a treating clinician in Banner-University Medical Center’s NICU and works to advance the feeding skill domain by facilitating AOTA’s mealtime Occupations: Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing Community of Practice.
Financial: Cuyler Romeo receives a salary from Feeding Matters and hourly compensation from Banner University Medical Center Tucson.
Nonfinancial: Cuyler Romeo is the lead facilitator for AOTA’s Mealtime Occupation: Feeding, Eating and Swallowing Community of Practice. She serves on the Board of Directors and the Certification Committee for the Institute of Perception-Action Approach. She is a member of AOTA, ArizOTA, and IAPFS.