Dysphagia and Feeding for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Schools: A Team Approach Introduction Many more children are surviving premature birth and complex medical diagnoses than in the past. Children with autism and genetic disorders are being diagnosed more effectively. These children are now in our school systems and may have complicated special education needs, including dysphagia and feeding issues. The ... Article
Article  |   September 05, 2018
Dysphagia and Feeding for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Schools: A Team Approach
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  • Elisabeth C. D'Angelo
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, California State University, Sacramento, CA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Part 2
Article   |   September 05, 2018
Dysphagia and Feeding for Speech-Language Pathologists in the Schools: A Team Approach
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 27-37. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG16.27
History: Received March 31, 2018 , Revised May 25, 2018 , Accepted June 1, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 27-37. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG16.27
History: Received March 31, 2018; Revised May 25, 2018; Accepted June 1, 2018

Introduction Many more children are surviving premature birth and complex medical diagnoses than in the past. Children with autism and genetic disorders are being diagnosed more effectively. These children are now in our school systems and may have complicated special education needs, including dysphagia and feeding issues. The school speech-language pathologist (SLP) should take the lead in building a team approach to swallowing and feeding issues.

Purpose The purpose of this article is to empower the school SLP to collaborate with other professionals essential to assessing and treating feeding and swallowing disorders to develop a dysphagia/feeding team and to provide specific achievable goals in this endeavor for assessment, reporting, and training staff and families.

Conclusions The SLP should take advantage of the many opportunities to educate and collaborate with our team and the public about our many roles, including dysphagia. Dysphagia is not just a medical issue; it is a life, legal, and learning issue for children and staff, and there is a crucial need for the SLP to develop and lead the dysphagia/feeding team in our schools.

Acknowledgments
Thank you to all of the school team members I work with in Yolo County and to all of the children and families I have worked with for the past 18 years in the schools. Thank you also to all of my hospital patients and university students who inspire me every day.
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