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Episode 247:  The Hard Work Is Worth It with Abbie Gacke, M.A. CCC-SLP, CLC, IBCLC

This week’s episode of The Untethered Podcast features Abbie Gacke, a speech-language pathologist, feeding specialist, board-certified lactation consultant, owner of Childworks Therapy Clinic, and a proud mother of three young boys.

Abbie has established her private practice with the fundamental belief that therapy should offer a safe, welcoming, and enjoyable environment for children to cultivate essential skills that enhance their daily lives.

Tune in as Hallie and Abbie talk about Abbie’s journey from working in a pediatric private practice to founding her own clinic. Their discussion dives into the challenges and rewards of building a private practice, touching on topics such as the significance of research, collaboration with other specialists, effective communication, 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 Abbie @feedingbabes_slp

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Abbie’s journey into the field of pediatric feeding and myofunctional therapy
  • Abbie’s work in an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) private practice and her initiative to build a program for speech therapy
  • Transitioning into Abbie’s own private practice and her role as a leader of a team of therapists
  • The importance of collaboration with ENTs and other healthcare professionals
  • The value of social media, particularly Instagram, in connecting with families and building a private practice
  • The ongoing learning and evolution in the field of speech pathology
  • The importance of relationship building and collaboration in the medical and dental fields
  • Dealing with insurance requirements and proving medical necessity for certain procedures
  • Nurturing relationships with referral sources and the benefits of word-of-mouth referrals
  • Prioritizing building strong relationships with patients and colleagues in private practice



Pediatric feeding screenings are critical! All pediatric SLPs & OTs should know how to screen, even if you don’t work in ped feeding! 

If a child has a speech sound disorder and/or sensory feeding challenges there’s likely an oral motor deficit at play. We need to screen all of our pediatric patients to know if further evaluation is needed. Afterall, if additional services are needed, it’s our job to provide them and help our littlest patients function optimally! 

If you’re an SLP or OT (students welcome, too!), join Hallie and thousands of your SLP & OT colleagues for a FREE 5-day training and screen your first pediatric feeding patient. Over 20,348+ SLPs & OTs have already completed this free training. Now it’s YOUR TURN! 

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Free training January 22-26, 2024: Hallie will bring the patients!
  • 5 Hours on a certificate of completion to count toward your renewal hours.
  • Opportunity to earn 1 of 5 Full Scholarships  [2 needs based] to the 12-week Feed The Peds® course
  • A free pediatric feeding screening packet.

Inside the free screening packet, you’ll find:

  • A pediatric development chart from birth to 36 months of age 
  • A checklist with the 50 most common symptoms 
  • A chart to easily organize findings & determine if further assessment is needed
  • A referral form to easily refer patients to other specialists, when needed

Doors to Feed The Peds® [the 12-week course] will be open 

January 29 – February 2, 2024! 

Bonus: enroll in the 12 week course and you’ll get the 5 hours from the free training for official ASHA and AOTA CEUs!


Connect with Abbie on Instagram and Facebook or visit her website:

Join Hallie for the FREE 5-Day Training January 22-26, 2024 and get 5 hours on a certificate of completion::

Download your Free Screening Packet here:

Doors To Feed The Peds® open January 29th to February 2nd, 2024!  

Join the waitlist here:

Connect with Hallie on Instagram, Facebook & LinkedIN

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