Feeding and Swallowing in Schools

Feeding and Swallowing in Schools Training Webinar

— Offered by Communication Sciences and Disorders Program —

Traditionally dubbed medical, feeding and swallowing issues are not common educational therapy goals.  FAPE and IDEA guarantee educational equality.  School therapists must choose between addressing safe feeding for students versus educationally appropriate IEP goals.  This course will provide insight into building a school dysphagia team by changing the course of addressing assistive technology and goals related to feeding at schools.



  • Identify how feeding and swallowing interventions relate to FAPE, IDEA and Arkansas Standards for special education.
  • Identify vital team members and their roles for appropriately addressing feeding and swallowing needs on an IEP.
  • Identify SLP’s knowledge of their roles in writing and implementing goals within the school setting.
  • Identify best practice in documenting assistive technology related to feeding and swallowing compliance within team and school setting.



8:00 - 8:15 am Speaker introduction, financial disclosure, agenda and learning outcomes
8:15 - 9:00 am IDEA, FAPE and USDA guidelines
9:00 - 9:30 am SLI regulations and educational relevance
9:30 - 10:00 am Assistive Technology and school feeding
10:00 - 10:30 am Teaming and getting started
10:30 - 11:00 am Creation and use of forms


September 12, 2020

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Online / Live Stream



Vanessa Boomer, Ed.S., CC-SLP

Vanessa Boomer is a leader focused on the trends and issues impacting special education, bringing more than 16 years of experience to her role as Lead Special Education Facilitator for Arkansas’ Bentonville Schools. Vanessa is focused on the coordination of district resources to support proper assessments, development and implementation of behavior intervention and speech therapy treatment plans.

CEU / Professional Development

University of Arkansas is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (AHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Disclosures - Non-financial: none to report; Financial: speaker is receiving an honorarium.

Arkansas Department of Education

This course will be offered for 3 hours of professional development through ADE.