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.
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.
- 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.