ERIC Number: EJ791474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Family Perceptions of Facilitators and Inhibitors of Effective School-Based Dysphagia Management
Angell, Maureen E.; Bailey, Rita L.; Stoner, Julia B.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v39 n2 p214-226 Apr 2008
Purpose: This qualitative study focused on the perceptions of family members of children with dysphagia by asking what the family-identified factors are that facilitate or inhibit effective school-based management of pediatric dysphagia. Method: Semistructured interviews of 7 family members of 6 children with dysphagia, ages 2 through 11 years, were conducted. Collective case study and cross-case analyses were conducted. The findings were confirmed through triangulation, respondent validation, and member checking. Results: Interviewees identified 5 facilitating factors that enhance school-based dysphagia programs: (a) setting, (b) therapist and/or program, (c) capitalizing on positive child characteristics, (d) home-school interactions, and (e) external supports. Four factors that inhibit effectiveness also emerged: (a) setting, (b) therapist and/or program, (c) limiting child characteristics, and (d) home-school interactions. Conclusion: Practitioners may consider addressing the factors that were identified as facilitators of effective programs. More research is needed concerning (a) factors promoting effective parent-professional relationships, (b) methods for increasing professional preparation in pediatric dysphagia, and (c) the efficacy of school-based pediatric dysphagia management programs.
Descriptors: Family Attitudes, Interviews, Eating Disorders, Health Programs, Program Effectiveness, Influences, School Health Services
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