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Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, F-ASHA


Longwood University


201 High St, Farmville, VA 23901

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Lissa Power-deFur, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, F-ASHA

Dr. Power-deFur’s long-standing interest in addressing the language and communication of education standards began when she worked at the Virginia Department of Education. Through her engagement with the standards, it became clear that students with language disorders and differences were at risk. The standards expect and assess high-level language skills, even at the early grades. Plural Publishing invited Dr. Power-deFur to author a book, based on her national presentations and writings. Common Core State Standards and the SLP unpacks the standards to identify the elements of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics that students must meet. The analysis model begins with the SLPs’ examination of the standards, then analyzes the student’s ability to meet the standards, and concludes with standards-based intervention, both direct and collaboratively in the classroom. She has taught Articulation and Phonology at Longwood University for 15 years, supporting students’ mastery of phonological disorders through analysis of speech samples of children who are highly unintelligible. She has presented on speech sound disorders at state/national levels, including an online tutorial for the Virginia Department of Education. She teaches the graduate course, SLP in a Multicultural Society. The course includes analyzing the relationship between language and culture in the more common cultures in the U.S. Finally, she supervises students in clinic at early intervention, often modeling language assessment/intervention and parent coaching.

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Language/Learning Disabilities
  • Speech Sound Disorders

Other Areas of Emphasis

Language and communication expectations of academic standards

Ages of Emphasis:

  • Birth to Three
  • Early Education (Ages 3–5)
  • Early Elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 6)