Prevention materials on the Internet - part I

by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Minnesota State University, Mankato (

ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee on Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology challenged professionals to be actively involved in prevention activities as a part of their professional responsibilities. ASHA's Web site also houses "a growing resource of materials that will assist you in increasing prevention awareness". This and the next Internet column, will provide several examples of resources to assist professionals in their prevention role.

Ann Knapp has developed an online lecture about the role of the speech-language pathologist (SLP) and audiologist in Prevention of Communication Disorders. The PowerPoint slides and lecture are posted on the University of Pittsburgh's supercourse site and are best accessed with Internet Explorer. Knapp's lecture suggests several areas of prevention, some of which serve as the outline for my two Internet columns on the subject.

Health Education

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute states that reproduction of materials from their site "for non-profit use is encouraged." There are many helpful brochures, statistics, and graphics for producing your own brochures as well as a Bicycle Helmet Safety campaign manual

"You Can Help Prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Effect" as well as publications from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and "Think about Drink" from the Health Education Authority in the UK are among the many sites that provide information on alcohol abuse and FAS. The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Kids Only area is available in both English and Spanish.

Material on stroke prevention is available, including: A comprehensive guide "Stroke: Are You at High Risk?" from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention features extensive information on the National Immunization Program and the importance of immunizations. For those wondering about the recent publicity linking autism spectrum disorders with MMR vaccinations, insert "autism" into the search section for the latest information.

Immunizations: What You Need To Know from the American Academy of Pediatrics includes a recommended immunization schedule

Genetic Counseling

If you're seeking a referral to a genetics counselor, the American Society of Human Genetics, The Genetics Society of America, The American College of Medical Genetics, The American Board of Medical Genetics, and The American Board of Genetic Counseling maintain a joint online Membership Directory.

Additional genetic counseling sites to help SLPs and audiologists as -- well as parents -- include The Human Genome Project which has a basic primer on genetics; All Children Are Special, which links to "information and support for families and children with birth defects: congenital syndromes, malformations, and errors of metabolism;" and the March of Dimes information booklet on Genetic Counseling.

The next Internet column will feature sites for hearing conservation, environmental change, prenatal care, smoking prevention and vocal hygiene.

Kuster, JM, Prevention materials on the Internet - part I, ASHA Leader, November 14, 2000, p. 8