Managing Dysphagia in the Schools
The number of students with dysphagia has increased, augmented by growing numbers of graduates of neonatal intensive care units and children with autism spectrum disorder. Furthermore, changes in federal legislation and case law have clarified some of the issues that are central to administrative decisions, educational programs, and related services associated with dysphagia management in the schools. This growing population of children with special needs has stimulated increased interest and research. The contributing authors in this clinical forum, each with significant experience that informs their views and observations, report their research and provide reviews of the literature.
You will be able to:
- discuss the legal and legislative foundations for dysphagia curricula, and the financial strategies available for funding these programs.
- list the professional and clinical needs of SLPs in the area of dysphagia management.
- describe the evolution of a district-wide, comprehensive dysphagia management program.
- discuss how SLPs rate their own competency for dysphagia services in school settings.
- discuss the influence of culture on a family and child’s perception of health and illness.
- list parental views of facilitating and inhibiting factors in a school dysphagia program.
- review motor learning literature for principles of motor skill training relevant to dysphagia intervention.
- discuss clinical problems associated with assessment and treatment of children with dysphagia and co-occurring medically complex conditions.
- discuss a biopsychosocial approach to transitioning long-term tube fed children with medically complex conditions to oral feeding in a school setting.
- list the causes and consequences of food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders.
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