First Bite #54 – June 30, 2019

Ethics and Early Intervention with Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland

(.1 ASHA, AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this Special Sunday Night episode, Michelle is joined by a fellow Palmetto State Lady, the one and only Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland, ASHA’s Immediate Past President. Dr. Elise is here to share her wisdom on the importance of Ethics within the Early Intervention. Crucial conversations takes place regarding the differences between Poverty and Neglect, when a DSS referral is warranted, Clinician Safety and the ethics of transferring a patient or when discharging is warranted, as well as ethical considerations for implementing the “Coaching Model” when working with a medically fragile/complex infant/toddler/child. This is mighty powerful hour with a mighty amazing woman, Dr. Elise! Enjoy and Happy Early Fourth of July!!


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

  • 2 differences between poverty and neglect and when it is appropriate to make a referral to DSS.
  • The role of Clinician Safety and when it is appropriate to d/c a patient or transfer a patient to a different clinician or setting.
  • 3 ethical considerations for implementing the “Coaching Model” of Early Intervention for a medically fragile infant/toddler/child.


Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland

Dr. Elise Davis-McFarland is Immediate Past President of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association having been the association’s President in 2018. She has served on several ASHA committees including her 3-year membership on the association’s Ethics Committee. She has spoken on ethics in clinical practice and has made presentations on the ethics of international practice and program development. She started her career as a pediatric speech-language pathologist and has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, the Medical University of Southern Africa and the Medical University of South Carolina where she developed the graduate communication sciences and disorders program. Dr. Davis-McFarland is an ASHA Fellow.