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Episode 241: Feeding and Swallowing Therapy One Side Bite at a Time with Cheryl Pelletier, M.S., CCC-SLP

This week, Cheryl Pelletier, a feeding-swallowing specialist, owner of Gnosh, Inc., and creator of the Side Biter tool, joins Hallie to discuss feeding , swallowing and Cheryl’s invention, the Side Biter. The Side Biter is an innovative, mouth-safe, chewing and swallowing system designed for people over age 2 with physical, neurological, oral motor, sensory food aversions, feeding, or swallowing impairments.

In this episode, you’ll hear Cheryl discuss her path to specializing in feeding and swallowing with children and adults with developmental challenges, as well as the rationale behind developing the Side Biter.

Cheryl also shares the benefits of the Side Biter tool, the process of inventing and patenting a tool to encourage other therapists to make an impact on the field, and MORE!

If this episode has resonated with you in some way, take a screenshot of you listening, post it to your Instagram Stories, and tag Hallie @halliebulkin and Cheryl @side_biter

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Cheryl’s Feeding and Swallowing Specialization Pathway
  • Getting Creative with Oral Motor Therapy: Side Biting, Pea Crispies, and More! 
  • Exploring Food Tools for Feeding Therapy Across the Lifespan 
  • The Benefits of the Side Biter Tool
  • Creating a Therapeutic Chewing and Swallowing Tool 
  • How to Introduce New Foods to Children 
  • The Possibilities of a Feeding Therapy Tool for Nonverbal Patients 



Learn more about Cheryl on Instagram  or visit her website


You can also find her at ASHA Booth 1258, Demonstration Station on Friday at 11:45 AM ET

Use discount code FTP20 to get 20% off on Side Biter tools 

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