NEW SAC Position Statement on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Dysphagia

03 March, 2017
Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
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Speech-language pathologists in Canada have long been regarded as leaders in dysphagia management and research initiatives, as well as in the development of practice guidelines and standards.
Over the past few years the professional landscape of dysphagia practice in Canada has evolved. In a recent survey of current dysphagia practice patterns, SAC members told us that there is a need for up-to-date advocacy and promotion.

In light of this feedback, we are pleased to present SAC's newest position statement: The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Dysphagia.

Position Statement

It is the position of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada that speech-language pathologists take the primary role in the evaluation and treatment of dysphagia of the upper aerodigestive tract, which includes the oral, pharyngeal and upper esophageal anatomical regions. Speech-language pathologists address feeding and swallowing impairments across the lifespan, from birth to the end of life. Given the complexity of dysphagia and the effects it has on a person’s health, quality of life and social interactions, speech-language pathologists employ a collaborative and holistic approach to dysphagia intervention.


Colleen Braun-Janzen, MA, S-LP(C), Committee Chair
Karen Barnett, M.Sc., S-LP(C)
Rosemary Martino, PhD, S-LP(C)
Rebecca Perlin, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP(C)
Catriona Steele, PhD, S-LP(C)
Megan Terrill, MSLP, S-LP(C)
Kim Walker, MS, S-LP(C)
Marnie Loeb, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP(C), SAC staff liaison and Speech-Language Pathology Advisor


Please contact Marnie Loeb, S-LP(C), Speech-Language Pathology Advisor, at: