• Feeding Team

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Feeding Team is to ensure the safety of students participating in all oral eating activities during school hours.

    Description of Services:

    The PPS Feeding Team is comprised of the following professionals:

    • Registered nurses
    • Speech-language pathologists
    • Occupational therapists

    Responsibilities of the team include:

    • Assessing students who are potentially at risk when eating at school.
    • Developing procedures and written protocols for safe eating.
    • Training school staff in safe feeding/eating protocols.
    • Providing regular follow-up to school staff.
    • Referring to community medical agencies as necessary.

    Referral Indicators

    Students who exhibit one or more of the following characteristics are candidates for referral:

    • Require individualized preparation of foods.
    • Cannot use tongue to move food bolus between molars.
    • Poor weight gain and notably thin/frail in spite of food intake.
    • Frequent coughing, choking or gagging during or after eating.
    • Pattern of spitting up during or after eating.
    • Wet, gurgling voice quality during or after eating.
    • Takes a unusually long time to eat.
    • Frequent re-swallowing behavior, especially after eating.
    • Difficulty drinking thin liquids.
    • Transitioning from gastrostomy tube feeding to oral feeding.
    • Frequent upper respiratory illness (colds, asthma, pneumonia).
    • Required the Heimlich maneuver.

    Referral Process

    • The school IEP team reviews feeding concerns.
    • Referral form is completed and a Permission to Evaluate Form is obtained from the parent/guardian.
    • Send completed information and a current school registration form to the If the school IEP team determines that assistance is needed, a Feeding Team Feeding Team.
    • A member of the Feeding Team will contact the student's case manager to schedule an evaluation.

    If you have any concerns or questions regarding feeding, please consult with a feeding team member.

    Also, to request feeding team assistance and/or evaluation for a student, complete the associated form found in Resources > Forms > Feeding Team.

  • Contact Us

    Sarah Vazquez

    MS, CF-SLP

    office: 503-916-3318

    Cell: 971-404-5821



    Naoko Koki


    office: 503-916-3317

    cell: 971-219-1447



    Tara Barton


    office: 503-916-3319

    cell: 503-310-4549