Many students in school districts across the country exhibit the signs and symptoms of dysphagia, and children who were originally treated for dysphagia in hospitals and other settings often begin attending public schools at three years old. The difficulty they had with swallowing and feeding frequently follows them to the school setting. Further, there are many students who develop swallowing and feeding disorders as a result of traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders and syndromes, behavioral disorders, and so forth. The range of students needing services for swallowing and feeding disorders in the school setting can be from three to twenty-two years of age and from mild dysphagia to tube feeding.
The identification and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders in schools is relatively new. There are still many districts in the country and internationally that do not address the needs of children with dysphagia. As school-based SLPs take on the challenge of this population there is a need for information that is current, accurate, and thorough. University programs include very little training, if any, at this time in the area of swallowing and feeding in the school setting. This text is appropriate for both a dysphagia course as well as courses that train SLP students to work with school-aged students.
Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP, is coordinator of the Speech-Language-Hearing Therapy Program in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools in Louisiana. She is the 1999 recipient of the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of an interdisciplinary dysphagia team in her school district. The majority of her 36 years in the field of speech-language pathology have been in the public school setting. She has presented nationally at ASHA conventions, ASHA Schools conferences, and ASHA teleconferences. Ms. Homer has published articles on dysphagia in schools in Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools; Seminars in Speech and Language; The Communication Disorders Casebook: Learning by Example; andSurvival Guide for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists, as well as Division 13 and 16 newsletters. She has also been featured in the ASHA Leader and Advance magazine. Additionally, Ms. Homer served as the chairman of ASHA's working committee on dysphagia in the schools.
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