The purpose of this study was to examine dysphagia management practices of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) in elementary schools of the East North Central region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin) of the United States. More specifically, I studied the confidence, attitudes, and perspectives of the management of pediatric dysphagia across these two groups of professionals. The results revealed that both SLPs and OTs are not confident in providing dysphagia intervention in the school setting. These professionals also believe that dysphagia management should only be provided in a medical setting, and they have wavering ideas surrounding pediatric dysphagia management in the school setting.
Collins, Arianna E., "Hard to Swallow: A Comparison of Speech-Language Pathologists' and Occupational Therapists' Perspectives on Dysphagia Management Practices in Elementary Schools" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8561.
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Elementary Education | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, pediatric dysphagia, elementary schools
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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