Development of an Interdisciplinary Dysphagia Team in the Public Schools This article describes the development of a school-based dysphagia team (swallowing action team [SWAT]) within the St. Tammany Parish School System located in Covington, Louisiana. The team's vision was to ensure safe nutrition and hydration for students at risk for swallowing dysfunction during school hours. This article addresses how the ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   January 01, 2000
Development of an Interdisciplinary Dysphagia Team in the Public Schools
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Emily M. Homer
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Cheryl Bickerton
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Sherry Hill
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Lisa Parham
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Darlene Taylor
    St. Tammany Parish Schools, Covington, LA
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: emh@stpsb.k12.la.us
Article Information
Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / School-Based Settings / Clinical Forum: Identification and Management of Dysphagia
Clinical Forum   |   January 01, 2000
Development of an Interdisciplinary Dysphagia Team in the Public Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2000, Vol. 31, 62-75. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3101.62
History: Received September 21, 1998 , Accepted September 27, 1999
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2000, Vol. 31, 62-75. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3101.62
History: Received September 21, 1998; Accepted September 27, 1999

This article describes the development of a school-based dysphagia team (swallowing action team [SWAT]) within the St. Tammany Parish School System located in Covington, Louisiana. The team's vision was to ensure safe nutrition and hydration for students at risk for swallowing dysfunction during school hours. This article addresses how the team was initially formed, the process of identifying students who were exhibiting a swallowing disorder, steps taken for staff development, and problems encountered in seeking administrative approval. The current status of the dysphagia program, as well as future plans for further implementation, are also presented.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The authors would like to express appreciation to the supervisors, administrators, and principals of St. Tammany Parish Schools for their cooperation during the process of addressing the issues of dysphagia in the schools. Appreciation is expressed to Judeyanne Coudrain, Elizabeth Duncan, Pamela Gaden, Maureen Larsen, Carol Negrotto, Donna Thomas, Roberta Torman, and Sandy Zeringue for their assistance with this project. The authors would like to extend a special thanks to Jeri Logemann for her invaluable support and encouragement during the drafting of this manuscript.
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