Dysphagia in the Schools: One School District's Proactive Approach to Providing Services to Children Many school districts around the country have decided that dysphagia need not be addressed when presented by students with special needs. They state that improving swallowing and eating is not an educational goal. Our school district takes a decidedly different approach. As we discuss all the legal issues and ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2004
Dysphagia in the Schools: One School District's Proactive Approach to Providing Services to Children
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  • Emily M. Homer
    St. Tammany Parish School Board, Covington, LA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2004
Dysphagia in the Schools: One School District's Proactive Approach to Providing Services to Children
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2004, Vol. 13, 7-9. doi:10.1044/sasd13.1.7
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2004, Vol. 13, 7-9. doi:10.1044/sasd13.1.7
Many school districts around the country have decided that dysphagia need not be addressed when presented by students with special needs. They state that improving swallowing and eating is not an educational goal. Our school district takes a decidedly different approach. As we discuss all the legal issues and concerns in this article, it is good to remember that the worst thing we can do to a child with dysphagia in the schools is nothing. Assuming we have the training and know how to help the child and that we act responsibly, nothing we do will be more harmful than doing nothing at all.
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