School-Based Management of Dysphagia in Children with Developmental Disabilities Children with developmental disabilities and dysphagia enter school with a combination of physiological, developmental, and behavioral feeding and swallowing problems. The dysphagia may involve one or multiple phases of swallowing. The problems may be chronic and life long or may resolve with treatment during childhood (Arvedson & Brodsky, 1993; ... Article
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School-Based Management of Dysphagia in Children with Developmental Disabilities
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  • Justine Joan Sheppard
    Private Practice, Lake Hopatcong, NJ
    Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
School-Based Management of Dysphagia in Children with Developmental Disabilities
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 15-17. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.15
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2001, Vol. 10, 15-17. doi:10.1044/sasd10.2.15
Children with developmental disabilities and dysphagia enter school with a combination of physiological, developmental, and behavioral feeding and swallowing problems. The dysphagia may involve one or multiple phases of swallowing. The problems may be chronic and life long or may resolve with treatment during childhood (Arvedson & Brodsky, 1993; Rosen-thai, Sheppard, & Lotze, 1995).
The educational agency (EA) has responsibilities that relate to the care of these children. Foremost is the responsibility to protect the health and safety of students while on the school premises. Special provisions may be needed to maintain the dysphagic child’s nutrition and hydration while in school and to ensure that eating routines do not predispose him or her to choking (Homer, Bickerton, Hill, Parham, & Taylor, 2000).
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