First Bite #79 – December 17, 2019

Ethical Dilemmas and Solutions for the Early Intervention SLP

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

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by the esteemed Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, National Director at EBS Healthcare, ASHA Fellow, and Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice (NAP), as well as author of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th edition” (Lubinski & Hudson; Delmar, Cengage Learning, 2013; Plural Publishing, 2018). Today they address the tough questions…common ethical issues that Early Intervention SLPs face each day. Billing concerns, patient abandonment, and the new 2020 ASHA Code of Ethics updates are all covered in this episode that is designed to lift your spirits, get that knot of dread out of your stomach, and leave you feeling refreshed for the start of the new year!


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

  • 3 most common ethical complaints and concerns facing Speech Language Pathologists.
  • 2 ways in which an SLP can avoid these ethical circumstances and dilemmas.  
  • 3 resources that an SLP can use to support ethical decision making.



Melanie W. Hudson, M.A. CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, F-NAP

Melanie Hudson is the National Director at EBS Healthcare. She is Fellow of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. She served on ASHA’s Board of Directors and ASHA’ Board of Ethics. She is the author of “Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 4th Ed., and she authored a chapter for “The Clinical Education and Supervisory Process in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology.” She has been President of the Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Assoc,, and currently serves on the Georgia Board of Examiners For Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.