ECHO for Safe Swallowing & Feeding
In School Environments
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Emily M. Homer, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Students Eat Safely, LLC
Consultant, Swallowing and Feeding in the Schools
Emily Homer worked in the public school setting for 42 years. She was Coordinator of Speech Language and Hearing Services in St. Tammany Parish Schools in Louisiana where in 1996 they established a step-by-step procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding. This procedure has been in use for over 20 years. Ms. Homer works with school districts, state departments of education, school-based SLPs and other team members on establishing a district approved, systematic, team procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding in their districts or states. She was awarded Fellowship of the Association at the 2018 ASHA Convention and the 1999, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of a dysphagia team in the schools. She is the author of Management of Swallowing and Feeding in Schools, by Plural Publishing. Ms. Homer has presented nationally at ASHA Conventions and webinars, most recently, Demystifying Swallowing and Feeding in the Schools. She has published articles in LSHSS, Seminars in Speech and Language, Divisions 13 and 16 Perspectives, Dysphagia Café and Feeding Matters on school-based swallowing and feeding issues. Ms. Homer served as chairman on ASHA’s committee on school-based dysphagia.
Upcoming Sessions (Scroll down to access archived sessions)
Thursday, January 20, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
Course #3: Using a Team Approach for Addressing Swallowing and Feeding
- Why a team approach?
- Working as a team
- Working with the medical team
- Roles and responsibilities of team members
- Comparing swallowing and feeding services in the medical setting to those in the school setting
- Team models for addressing swallowing and feeding
- Case management
- Working with Early Steps, private feeding therapists and other professionals.
Thursday, February 17, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
Course #4: “Navigating the Students Eat Safely: Follow the Forms” Procedure
- Understanding the process and why each step is important.
- Parent Interview
-Interdisciplinary Observation of a meal
- Conducting a through clinical evaluation
- Airway status, evidence of respiratory concerns
- Establishment of a swallowing and feeing plan
- Training classroom staff
- Working with food service staff
- Education Plan meeting
- Referral for a VFSS
- Revision of the plan (if indicated)
- Ongoing monitoring and consultation
- Therapeutic intervention
Thursday, March 17, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
Course #5: Providing Swallowing and Feeding Services in the Schools: Training and Competency Issues
- Updating personal professional skills and obtaining competency
- Procedural Training
-Training core team on the procedure
-Training school staff on the procedure
-Training parents and informing physicians
Thursday, April 21, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
Course #6: Types of swallowing and feeding cases in the schools: preschool through 12th grade.
- Oral sensory and Oral motor therapeutic intervention
- Progressive disorders and medically fragile children
- Tube feeding
- Behavioral feeding disorders
Thursday, May 19, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
- Due Process Concerns: what can you do to minimize risk?
- Obtaining administrative support
- Making time in your workload
Thursday, June 16, 2022 8-9:15 a.m. Pacific
Course #8: What Do We Do Next? How Do We Get Started?
- Taking the information and applying it to your situation
- Preparing a proposal
- Choosing a team model
- Interactive session
Course #1: What Administrators Need to Know to Set up a Team Procedure in Their District for Addressing Swallowing and Feeding
- Current situation for addressing swallowing and feeding in the schools
- What Administrators need to know
- Why districts must address swallowing and feeding disorders
- Who are the administrators?
- Utilizing a “Top Down Model”
- Role of upper administration – Supervisor of Special Education and Supervisor of Food Services Programs
- Role of a district level administrator, coordinator or consultant
- Preparing a proposal for a district-approved procedure
Course #2: The “Who” and “What” of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in the Schools
- What is a swallowing and feeding disorder?
- Phases of dysphagia
- What are the risks at school for children with swallowing disorders?
- Distinguishing swallowing disorders from feeding disorders
- What are the risks of feeding disorders?
- Identifying the signs and symptoms of a swallowing and feeding disorder?
- Which children in the school setting are high risk for a swallowing and feeding disorder
- Closer look at the risks: addressing nutrition and hydration in the school setting
- How to recognize undernutrition and dehydration?
- The role of the school in under nutrition and dehydration
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