presented by Emily M. Homer
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.
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 an interdisciplinary dysphagia team in her district and served as Chair of the ASHA Committee on Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the Schools. She is the author of Managing Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools, Plural Publishing (2016). In addition, Ms. Homer has published articles on swallowing and feeding in the school setting in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools, Seminars in Speech and Language, Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example, and Survival Guide for School-Based Speech/Language Pathologists, and Division 13 and 16 newsletters, and has been featured in the ASHA Leader and Advance magazine
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.
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.
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.