Emily M. Homer, a School-based Swallowing and Feeding Consultant worked in the public school setting for 42 years. She was Coordinator of Speech Language and Hearing Services in St. Tammany Parish Schools in Louisiana where in 1996 they established a step-by-step procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding. This procedure has been in use for over 20 years. Ms. Homer works with school districts, state departments of education, school-based SLPs and other team members on establishing a district approved, systematic, team procedure for addressing swallowing and feeding in their districts or states.
She was awarded Fellowship of the Association at the 2018 ASHA Convention and the 1999, Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the establishment of a dysphagia team in the schools. She is the author of Management of Swallowing and Feeding in Schools, by Plural Publishing. Ms. Homer has presented nationally at ASHA Conventions and webinars, most recently, Demystifying Swallowing and Feeding in the Schools. She has published articles in LSHSS, Seminars in Speech and Language, Divisions 13 and 16 Perspectives, Dysphagia Café and Feeding Matters on school-based swallowing and feeding issues. Ms. Homer served as chairman on ASHA’s committee on school-based dysphagia.