Dysphagia Services in Schools: Applying Special Education Requirements to a Health Service School speech-language pathologists and districts frequently need guidance regarding how the legal provisions of special education affect the needs of children with dysphagia. This article reviews key principles of special education that guide eligibility determination and provision of services to all children. In the eligibility process, the school team would ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2009
Dysphagia Services in Schools: Applying Special Education Requirements to a Health Service
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  • Lissa Power-deFur
    Longwood University, Farmville, VA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2009
Dysphagia Services in Schools: Applying Special Education Requirements to a Health Service
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2009, Vol. 18, 86-90. doi:10.1044/sasd18.3.86
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2009, Vol. 18, 86-90. doi:10.1044/sasd18.3.86
Abstract

School speech-language pathologists and districts frequently need guidance regarding how the legal provisions of special education affect the needs of children with dysphagia. This article reviews key principles of special education that guide eligibility determination and provision of services to all children. In the eligibility process, the school team would determine if the child's disability has an adverse effect on his/her education program and if the child needed special education (specially designed instruction) and related services. Dysphagia services would be considered a related service, a health service needed for the child to benefit from specially designed instruction. The article concludes with recommendations for practice that stem from a review of due process hearings and court cases for children with disabilities that include swallowing.

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