As genetics research and the human genome project continue to provide valuable information on disease, disorders and disabilities in communication disorders, it will become increasingly critical that audiologists and speech-language pathologists understand principles of genetics, genetic testing, and genetic counseling. ASHA has joined the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) to keep members informed about the latest research and resources in genetics. ASHA, NCHPEG, the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the University of Cincinnati are collaborating on a web-based resource for infusing genetics in CSD curricula.
Researchers have already identified over 400 genes linked to hearing loss, and ongoing studies investigate genetic links to stuttering, voice disorders, and language disorders. NCHPEG’s core competencies and other ASHA resources are a stepping stone toward the knowledge and skills needed to conduct assessments.
- Core Competencies in Genetics Essential for All Health-Care Professionals. The core competencies provide a framework from which to develop genetics education. Competencies encourage clinicians to integrate knowledge and skills into their practice.
- Genetics Resources On the Web (GROW). This site and search engine optimizes the use of the web to provide health professionals and the public with high quality information related to human genetics, with a particular focus on genetic medicine and health.
Genetics Education Links
- New Methods in the Molecular Genetic Study and Treatment of Hearing Loss
In the American Journal of Audiology
- A Family Aggregation Study: The Influence of Family History and Other Risk Factors on Language Development
In the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
- Genetics of Hearing Loss: Effects of Mitochondrial DNA