Ethics of Early Intervention

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Presenters: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP
In this episode Michelle is joined by the powerhouse that is Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, 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 interventionist! 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:

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

About Michelle: Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

About Lissa: 
Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, 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.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Define and discuss various doctor options available to SLPs.

20-30: Discuss “bagless” EI, ability to bill for IEP Transition meetings, as well as unique considerations for d/c due to fear of clinician’s safety.

30-45: Discuss Scope of Practice for SLPAs as pertains to feeding.

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Lissa Power-deFur:

Financial: Lissa Power-deFur is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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