SAC Webinar: Managing Dysphagia in Patients with COVID-19 in Acute Care and Beyond: Facilitators and Barriers to Practice

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO and Jennifer Wong, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
April 7 2021
Speech-Language Pathology
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Registration deadline is April 7, 2021 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)

April 7, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Time Zone Time
Pacific Time 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mountain Time 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Central Time 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Eastern Time 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Atlantic Time 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Newfoundland Time 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.



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*All registered participants must be SAC members/associates



Cancellation Policy: Because we have limited spaces available for participants, if you are unable to attend the webinar you registered for, please contact Bev Cooper at as soon as possible.



Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, speech-language pathology assistant, Students

This session pertains to: Adults (18-64), Seniors (65+)

Level: Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.)



The COVID-19 virus has impacted our patients in unusual ways. From loss of taste and smell, to fatigue, shortness of breath and coughing, we have been presented with patients with no clear pattern of symptoms, but all deserve the best care we can provide. This session will review current available evidence in regard to best practices for managing patients with COVID-19 in acute care and during their rehabilitation. To consolidate learning, we will work through facilitators and barriers to practice.

1. Describe how to account for the symptoms of COVID-19 within a comprehensive assessment of swallowing.
2. Identify facilitators and barriers to practice when working within the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs (Category A).


Presenter Biography

Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Dr. Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald is a scientist and speech-language pathologist whose research specializes in understanding the determinants and consequences of dysphagia in older adults. Her goal is to produce clinically relevant research to inform frontline practice. Her current research is focused on dysphagia in people with dementia and dysphagia-related caregiver burden. 

Jennifer Wong, M.H.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Jennifer Wong is a professional leader and clinical speech-language pathologist practicing in long-term care/palliative care. Jennifer is actively involved in quality improvement work, practice-based research and education research. She is also interested in how dysphagia intersects with safety and quality of life, shared decision-making and quality improvement in interprofessional teams.


Accessing the Webinar

Zoom is used to host this webinar. Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.

Note about internet: We suggest you DO NOT use a Wi-Fi connection to view the webinar as it can be unreliable and you may lose connectivity during the presentation.


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