Make It Happen: School Based Swallowing and Feeding School districts throughout the country are addressing swallowing and feeding disorders as part of the special education services they provide; however, there continues to be many districts that do not. Historically, these services were considered to be medical and not the responsibility of school districts. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) who ... Article
Article  |   April 18, 2017
Make It Happen: School Based Swallowing and Feeding
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Emily Homer
    Speech/Language/Hearing, St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Christine Faust
    Speech/Language/Hearing, St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Part 2
Article   |   April 18, 2017
Make It Happen: School Based Swallowing and Feeding
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 57-62. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.57
History: Received December 22, 2016 , Revised December 31, 2016 , Accepted January 3, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 57-62. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG13.57
History: Received December 22, 2016; Revised December 31, 2016; Accepted January 3, 2017

School districts throughout the country are addressing swallowing and feeding disorders as part of the special education services they provide; however, there continues to be many districts that do not. Historically, these services were considered to be medical and not the responsibility of school districts. Speech language pathologists (SLPs) who work in the school setting have been instrumental in advocating for these services and as a result, more districts are establishing procedures. Swallowing and feeding services are part of a school district's obligation to provide a free and appropriate education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, according to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This article will focus on the importance of the SLP in this process, including establishing safe feeding plans, writing goals and providing therapeutic services to improve swallowing and feeding skills, and the documentation of these services throughout the procedure of identifying and treating students with swallowing and feeding disorders in the school setting.

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