SAC Position Statement: The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Dysphagia

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Speech-Language Pathology
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Position Papers

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Position Statement

It is the position of Speech-Language & 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.

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