Issues of Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the School Setting Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide information and suggestions for the logistical management of swallowing and feeding disorders in the schools to school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Method: A school district in Louisiana has been successfully addressing dysphagia using an interdisciplinary team since 1997. The information presented in ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2009
Issues of Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the School Setting
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Emily M. Homer
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington LA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2009
Issues of Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the School Setting
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2009, Vol. 18, 80-85. doi:10.1044/sasd18.3.80
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2009, Vol. 18, 80-85. doi:10.1044/sasd18.3.80
Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to provide information and suggestions for the logistical management of swallowing and feeding disorders in the schools to school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs).

Method: A school district in Louisiana has been successfully addressing dysphagia using an interdisciplinary team since 1997. The information presented in this article is the result of the experience and knowledge that has been gained.

Conclusion: A school district can successfully address swallowing and feeding disorders by establishing a team procedure that becomes part of their policy manual. The experiences of established teams can help districts in the beginning stages of developing their teams. Information on issues, such as team models, documentation and paperwork, parent/caregiver cooperation, medical collaboration, and diet preparation can assist SLPs in managing dysphagia in his or her schools.

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