12th Annual James Case Memorial Workshop

Addressing Swallowing and Feeding in the School Setting

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
ASU Tempe Campus, Coor Hall, Rm. 170 

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This course is for all school personnel, including district supervisors, state department of education directors, school-based SLPs, OTs, nurses and classroom staff.

Presenter

Emily Homer

Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP
School-based Swallowing and Feeding Consultant
Coordinator of the Speech/Language/Hearing Therapy Program in St. Tammany Parish Schools, LA.
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Program Description

Learn how to build a school team to help students in your school who have swallowing and feeding disorders. This course is for all school personnel, including district supervisors, state department of education directors, school-based SLPs, OTs, nurses and classroom staff. The one-day session will:

  • address legal concerns.
  • offer justifications for swallowing and feeding treatment in the schools.
  • provide the tools necessary for building a team within a school system.
  • discuss ways to link medical teams and school teams and how to work closely with parents and caregivers.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Define swallowing and feeding disorders, state the signs and symptoms of students at risk and recognize what parents/caregivers may report.
  • Explain the educational relevance of addressing swallowing and feeding in the schools.
  • Identify the necessary components of an interdisciplinary swallowing and feeding team procedure.
  • Utilize collaborative consultation skills when using a team approach with students with swallowing and feeding disorders.

Agenda

Time

Activity

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Introduction to Swallowing and Feeding Disorders

  • What is a swallowing and feeding disorder?
  • Phases of Dysphagia
  • Distinguishing Swallowing Disorders From Feeding Disorders
  • Who has a swallowing and feeding disorder? What will it look like?

System-wide Procedure

  • Benefits of a System-wide Procedure
  • Educational Relevance
  • Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Considerations

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Procedure: Working as a Team

  • Team Models
  • Team Members: school-based/medical
  • Case management system
  • Collaboration

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Break

10:15 –  11:45 a.m.

“Students Eat Safely: Follow the Forms” Procedure

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Management of Swallowing and Feeding

  • Levels of Management
  • Collaborative/Consultation
  • Direct Therapeutic Intervention
  • Intervening with Progressive Disorder/Medically
  • Fragile Child
  • Transition to and from Tube Feeding

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Break

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Behavioral Feeding Disorder

  • What is a Behavioral Feeding Disorder        
  • Identification: Dysphagia, Medical, Sensori/Motor
  • Learned
  • Intervention: 4-tiered approach

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Questions/Comments/Concerns

About Emily M. Homer

Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP, School-based Swallowing and Feeding Consultant, Students Eat Safely, LL, previous Coordinator of the Speech/Language/Hearing Therapy Program in St. Tammany Parish 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 42 years in the field of speech/language pathology have been in the public school setting.  She has presented nationally, at ASHA Conventions, ASHA Schools Conference and ASHA teleconferences.  Author of Managing Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools, Plural Publishing (2015).  In addition, Ms. Homer has published articles on swallowing and feeding in the schools 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, Division 13 and 16 newsletters and has been featured in the ASHA Leader and Advance magazine. Ms. Homer served as the Chairman of ASHA’s working committee on dysphagia in the schools.