First Bite #27 – December 18, 2018

Ethics of Early Intervention

(.1 ASHA CEU) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the powerhouse that is Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Not only is she a professor, that Michelle can personally attest to the fact that she takes the education of her students passionately and seriously, she is also the current Vice Preside of Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology (2014-2016). Still curious about the topic of this episode? Well, wonder no more…we are covering ethical dilemmas that are sometimes unique to the world of home-health early interventionists! Trust me, we run across some hum-dingers from time to time, and Dr. Power-deFur is just the lady to enlighten and encourage our perseverance.


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • 3 different doctorates that SLPs can obtain and the professional differences between the degrees.
  • Utilization of “bagless” Early Intervention in the home health setting and if SLPs can bill for ST if using a “bag of tricks”.
  • The Scope of Practice of an SLPA during Feeding Therapy vs the skilled clinical interventions of an SLP.


Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lissa Power-deFur serves Department Chair and Graduate Program Director at Longwood University, where she teaches ethics and professional issues . Prior to joining Longwood, Power-deFur worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education, student services, and policy. Lissa received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in speech-language pathology at the University of Virginia. She is an ASHA and SHAV Fellow and regularly volunteers for the profession. She served on the ASHA Board of Ethics and on the ASHA Board of Directors as Vice President of Standards and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology (2014-16). She has presented on ethical dilemmas and decision-making at a variety of conferences and on-line workshops.