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You are invited to participate in a research project entitled Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders in the Schools designed to analyze the current practices of professionals working in the schools with children ages 3-21 who may exhibit feeding and swallowing disorders, (not eating disorders). 


According to the American Speech-language Hearing Association, "Feeding and swallowing disorders (also known as dysphagia) include difficulty with any step of the feeding process—from accepting foods and liquids into the mouth to the entry of food into the stomach and intestines. A feeding or swallowing disorder includes developmentally atypical eating and drinking behaviors, such as not accepting age-appropriate liquids or foods, being unable to use age-appropriate feeding devices and utensils, or being unable to self-feed. "


According to the National Institute of Mental Health,"Eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviors. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexinervosasa, buliminervosasa, and binge-eating disorder."


The study is being conducted by Pam Holland, Associate Professor at Marshall University and graduate students Kesley Dowler, Brianna Miluk, Jessica Treskolaski and undergraduate student Kaitlin Hackworth from Marshall University and has been approved by the Marshall University Institutional Review Board (IRB).  This research is being conducted as part of the class requirements for Kelsey Dowler, Brianna Miluk, Jessica Treskolaski and Kaitlin Hackworth.


This survey is comprised of 21 multiple choice and short answer questions which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Your replies will be anonymous, so do not type your name anywhere on the form.  There are no known risks involved with this study.  Participation is completely voluntary and there will be no penalty or loss of benefits if you choose to not participate in this research study or to withdraw.  If you choose not to participate you can leave the survey site.  You may choose to not answer any question by simply leaving it blank.   Once you complete the survey you can delete your browsing history for added security.  Completing the on-line survey indicates your consent for use of the answers you supply.  If you have any questions about the study you may contact Pam Holland at 304-696-2985.


If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research participant you may contact the Marshall University Office of Research Integrity at (304) 696-4303.


By completing this survey you are also confirming that you are 18 years of age or older.

Please print this page for your records.

Which profession best describes your role in the school system?

How long have you worked in the schools?

Have you previously been employed in a setting(s) where you implemented feeding and/or swallowing strategies?

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