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Getting Started Addressing Swallowing & Feeding in the School Setting

presented by Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Emily Homer receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Emily Homer has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Is a school system required, according to IDEA, to address swallowing and feeding disorders a medically complex disorder? What is the educational relevance that justifies it and how can a district begin the process of addressing swallowing and feeding? This course will provide school districts with the information required to understand the educational relevance of working with swallowing and feeding, as well as how a school district can use the structure already in place to address swallowing and feeding disorders using a team approach. A system-supported procedure will ensure that districts safely feed children at school following guidelines from current legal cases as well as IDEA regulations.

Meet Your Instructor

Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP

Emily Homer, MA, CCC-SLP has worked in the school systems for the majority of her career in Speech Language Pathology. She provides presentations and consultation services to school districts throughout the country on addressing swallowing and feeding in school systems. She is the 1999 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of…

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1. Addressing Swallowing and Feeding in the School Setting: IDEA and Educational Relevance

We'll start out by identifying the role that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act plays in determining educational relevance for addressing swallowing and feeding in the school setting and setting federal requirements. Information on the legal and ethical issues surrounding this topic will be discussed. This chapter will also review legal and ethical considerations when addressing swallowing and feeding in the school setting. SLPs, OTs and school nurses are all bound by their profession’s Code of Ethics. Those guidelines that apply will be discussed.

2. A System-Supported Procedure for Addressing Swallowing and Feeding in the School Setting

This chapter will outline the importance of school districts adopting a system-supported procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding and the steps required to establish it. A system-wide procedure ensures that districts have considered all the necessary steps and are addressing the student’s safety using a team approach.

3. Roles and Responsibilities of Swallowing and Feeding Team Members

This chapter will identify school-based team members and discuss the typical roles and responsibilities of each member. It is essential that everyone who works with students with swallowing and feeding disorders is aware of their part in ensuring the safety of these children during mealtimes.

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