Feeding Team


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, gurgly 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

1. The school IEP team reviews feeding concerns.

2. Referral form is completed and a Permission to Evaluate Form is obtained from the parent/guardian.

3. 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.

4. 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 feeding team member.