Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP
Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP has had the pleasure of residing in Columbia, SC since January 2012. She completed her BS in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2005, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2009. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both universities. She started her career in 2006 as an SLPA in a rural public school with an average caseload of 56 students.
Upon completion of her MS, she went to work for Riverside Walter Reed Hospital where she was the first full-time SLP in the hospital’s history. At this location, she advocated for implementation of an oral care protocol, establishment of ST involvement/treatment of oncology patients with the “Tumor Board”, as well as advocacy for establishment of MBSS capabilities at the facility.
In January 2012 she and her husband were called to SC. Since that time, she has primarily worked as an Early Intervention/Home Health Speech Language Pathologist, specializing in the treatment of medically fragile and complex etiology cases. Over the last few years, she has been working towards her BCS-S licensure, received an ASHA ACE Award (January 2016 and February 2017), been blessed to have trained USC Graduate Interns, and delivered numerous guest lectures to SLP students and Nursing students on topics such as “What is it like to be an SLP?” and “Aspiration Precautions”.
Michelle was raised that if one wishes to see change in the world, then they should be the source of that change. As such, she began seeking positive change in SC in 2013, when she started advocating with Babynet to allow SLPs to treat oropharyngeal dysphagia in the birth to 3 population. This became a reality in 2014, coinciding with the birth of her second son. After volunteering at the 2015 SCSHA convention, she was nominated and subsequently voted into the position of VP of Governmental Affairs (2015-2017). While serving on the board, she has continued to advocate for changes with Babynet. She is excited to see her dedication begin to pay off and benefit all SLP/As that provide services in this setting, as BN has adopted SCSHA’s recommendations of improved CPT coding and CFY access to BRIDGES. She is continuing her advocacy endeavors in attempting to obtain PMH access for BN service providers. She is also serving SCSHA, (SC Speech Language and Hearing Association), in the role as President Elect (2017) and SCSHA Convention Chair for the 60th Anniversary Convention in 2018.
She has previously served SCSHA as President Elect-Elect (2016), VP of Governmental Affairs (2015-2017), and SCSHA Convention Co-Chair for 2016 and 2017. Michelle’s dedication to the field, advocacy, and eager-to-learn spirit were recognized by ASHA, when she was 1 of 30 applicants from the nation accepted into the 2016-2017 Leadership Cohort, where she worked to hone her craft as a leader. Michelle was recently elected as the Treasurer for the Council of State Association Presidents (CSAP) and will begin her two-year term starting January 1st, 2018. This opportunity will allow Michelle the privilege of working with other volunteer leaders from State Associations and ASHA to collaborate and effect change for current challenges facing the fields of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.
Michelle is an accomplished lecturer and 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. She currently travels with PESI, Inc. as a national lecturer on “Pediatric Dysphagia” and has several webinars with Speech Therapy PD, LLC, all of which are available for CEUs. Michelle also hosts a weekly PodCourse “First Bite: Fed, Fun, Functional”, (eligible for ASHA and AOTA CEUs), that covers best practices for the Pediatric Clinician.
- ASHA ACE Award recipient in January 2016
- ASHA ACE Award recipient in February 2017
- ASHA Leadership Program (LDP) 2016-2017 Cohort Graduate
- ASHA ACE Award recipient March 2018
- Featured Speech-Language Pathologist for “The (Speech) Path Less Traveled” August 2018
- Guest Speaker on SLPs Wine and Cheese PodCast: Episode 21 “Second Bite with Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP”
- ASHA ACE Award Recipient February 2019