Dementia and Dysphagia – Live Journal Club

Presented by: Mary Burns, MS, CCC-SLP and Jessica Lasky, MS, CCC-SLP

August 11th, 2021

8:30 PM EST / 7:30 PM CST / 6:30 PM MST / 5:30 PM PST

After this webinar, you will be able to…

  • Participants will identify if patients with dementia are more likely to develop dysphagia.
  • Attendees will describe three underlying reasons why patients with dementia are more likely to have dysphagia.
  • Participants will identify three interventions utilized in the treatment of dysphagia in the dementia population.


  • Minutes 0-5: introduction of topic, articles being covered, and presenters 
  • Minutes 5-15: An overview of dysphagia and dementia as it relates to the medical SLP 
  • Minutes 15-58: Educational dialogue regarding dysphagia and dementia and the clinical implications for the SLP along with Q and A 
  • Minutes 58-60: Conclusionary information 

Speaker Information

Mary Burns is a medical speech-language pathologist with nearly seven years of experience across a variety of setting. She is the owner of Overland Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation, providing mobile therapy and FEES across the state of Oregon. Additionally, she serves as a community mentor for The Medical SLP Collective, and instructor for McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, a consultant for Savorease therapeutic foods, and is a board-certified patient advocate.


Mary receives consulting and speaking fees from The Medical SLP Collective and consulting fees from Savorease, Taste for Life.

Mary is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Oregon Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and SIG 13.

Jessica Lasky is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist that specializes in dysphagia and the adult and geriatric populations. Jessica has worked in nearly every setting possible from outpatient neuro rehabilitation, stroke, and trauma 1 hospitals, acute rehab facilities, and SNFs. In 2015 Jessica launched her mobile FEES company, Mobile Scope, that provides FEES services throughout the state of Arizona. She has since also launched a CEU company, Evolutionary Education Solutions, focusing on dysphagia and FEES training. Jessica is passionate about patient advocacy, evidence-based practice and continuous clinical growth, and mentoring. Jessica is a clinical mentor and moderator for the MedSLP Collective and enjoys helping fellow clinicians all over the country and the world navigate tricky clinical problems. Jessica is a 4-time ASHA ACE recipient and presents on various topics from dysphagia to delirium all over the United States. Jessica co-founded the Dysphagia Outreach Project along with Hillary Cooper and Michelle Caffaro to help spread education and resources to clinicians and patients working with and impacted by dysphagia. She lives in Phoenix with her husband their three beautiful cats!


Jessica receives a salary from Mobile Scope, Neuro RehabCare, the MedSLP Collective, and Evolutionary Education Solutions. She also receives a consulting fee from the MedSLP Collective. Jessica retains intellectual property rights from Evolutionary Education Solutions. Finally, Jessica has ownership interest in both Mobile Scope and Evolutionary Education Solutions.


Jessica is a member, volunteer, co-founder/owner, and vice president of education for the Dysphagia Outreach Project. Jessica is also an ArSHA Medical Committee board member, ASHA member, and co-founder/member of the Med SLP Arizona Journal Club and Networking Group.

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar live to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you the day after the presentation. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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