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Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in School-Based Swallowing and Feeding (On Demand Webinar) (PD102810)

Presenter(s): Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL; Emily M Homer, MA, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This webinar is designed for school-based SLPs who serve children with pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders (PFD). Due to the special education focus on adverse educational impact to qualify for services, many children with PFD are unserved—or inadequately served—in schools, leaving SLPs with ethical questions as they consider children’s safety and nutritional needs. This course will review the ASHA Code of Ethics and an ethical decision-making approach, with application for SLPs serving children with PFD. Case studies will guide discussion of resources and approaches that can help resolve ethical issues.

Ethics Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for Ethics. See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Related Courses

This course is part of Key Courses on Feeding and Swallowing in Schools.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Apply the ASHA Code of Ethics to support discussions with administrators when addressing school-based swallowing and feeding disorders
  • Identify the principles and rules in the ASHA Code of Ethics that apply to school-based swallowing and feeding services
  • Identify three resources (such as people and documents) that provide guidance in addressing swallowing and feeding dilemmas in schools


  • Welcome, Disclosures, and Learning Outcomes (5 min.)
  • Overview of Ethical Principles and Rules and Their Application to Clinical Practice With School-Based Swallowing and Feeding Services (20 min.)
  • Using a High-Quality Swallowing and Feeding Procedure to Prevent Ethical Dilemmas (20 min.)
  • An Ethical Decision-Making Process to Solve Issues and Concerns (10 min.)
  • Resources: Ethics, Legal Policy, and Best Practices (15 min.)
  • Case Studies: Applying the Ethical Decision-Making Process (45 min.)
  • Summary and Wrap-Up (5 min.)

Presenter Information

Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL (she/her/hers) is Professor Emeritus, having served at Longwood University for many years and serving as the first Program Director, Department Chair and as Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Previously, she worked at the Virginia Department of Education, where she served as a Director in the Office of Special Education and Student Services. Lissa has served as an active volunteer throughout her career, with volunteer leadership in ASHA and the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia (SHAV). Her work includes services as ASHA's Vice President of Ethics and Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (2014-2016), Council on Academic Accreditation site visitor, SHAV President and Board member, and various other ASHA and SHAV committees and boards. She regularly writes and presents in the areas of ethics, special education, educational standards, speech sound disorders, and serving as an expert witness. She has received service, leadership, and teaching awards from Longwood University and from various professional organizations.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Honorarium from other professional development groups for presentations on ethics

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Emily M. Homer, MA, CCC-SLP, (she/her/hers) consults with school districts, state departments of education, and SLPs on establishing a district-approved, team procedure for swallowing and feeding. She is an ASHA Fellow and received the 1999 Louis M. DiCarlo Award. She is the author of Management of Swallowing and Feeding in Schools (Plural Publishing) and has published articles in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools; Seminars in Speech and Language; SIG 13 and 16 Perspectives; Dysphagia Café; and Feeding Matters. She presents nationally at ASHA conventions and webinars, state organizations, and school districts.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Royalties from Plural Publishing for Management of Swallowing and Feeding Disorders in Schools
  • Royalties from Medbridge Education for videos
  • Compensation for presentations to school districts and professional organizations on this topic
  • Speaker fees from state speech and language organizations and state departments of education
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Consultation to SLPs, school districts, and state departments of education on this topic with no financial gain
  • Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association Committee on establishing guidelines for addressing swallowing and feeding
  • Arkansas Easter Seals Outreach Program’s committee for establishing guidelines for addressing swallowing and feeding

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar date: October 12, 2023
End date: October 14, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102810
Available Through: October 14, 2028