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Why did you decide to become a Speech and Language Pathologist?

1 of 28 Speech Pathology Interview Questions and Answers Written by Ryan Brunner

Written on July 1st, 2018 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
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What is it that makes you wake up each morning and get excited about going to work? Perhaps it is the patients. Perhaps you really love seeing people succeed. Maybe you saw a speech and language pathologist as a child and it inspired you to become one. Share your true passion with the interviewer.

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General
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"I decided Speech Pathology was the right career for me when I was able to see the difference it makes in people's lives. It requires empathy, patience, and clinical acumen, and I possess all of these characteristics."

Entry Level
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"During my high school years, I was very driven to pursue a career in healthcare. Through a shadowing program in my high school, I spent time shadowing a nurse, a physical therapist and a social worker. The most influential of the shadowings that I did was with our school Speech Pathologist. In her words, she was "able to improve the lives of the kids that she worked with on a daily basis" and the career was very fulfilling to her. I really liked being in the school setting with her and decided to pursue this as a career."

Experienced
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"I grew up with a father that was a physician and my mother was a school teacher. In hopes to get the best of both the healthcare and the educational worlds, I decided to study Speech Pathology . I feel very fortunate to have worked in the field for so long and see so many of the great developments in the field over time."

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Ryan Brunner
Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries. Ryan has a long track record of recruiting, interviewing and hiring candidates at all levels of the organizations that he has recruited for. These include entry-level workers, professional workers, physicians and executive level leaders. Ryan has created and worked with many interviewing formats in the industries that he has recruited for and has reviewed resumes and cover letter's for all of the positions he has recruited for.
Published: 07/01/2018
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Why did you decide to become a Speech and Language Pathologist?
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I decided to become a Speech and Language pathologist due to the endless job opportunities within the field. As a creative individual, I can use my creativity as an advantage to help treat clients who are never like the previous client. I have always had the heart to help individuals reach his or her full potential and ultimately have a positive impact on an individuals' life.
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I have wanted to be an SLP since I was fourteen. I developed nodules and found the therapy extremely interesting. I found out a bit more about what SLPs do through research. Having known since I was a child I wanted to do something that would be interacting with individuals (especially working with children) I immediately knew what I wanted to do for my lifes work.
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I decided to become a speech language pathologist during my mother's treatment for breast cancer. Although it seems like an unusual link, my mother had many complications during her treatment process that eventually led her to receiving a trach. A speech language pathologist worked with her not only on her swallowing, but also on her cognition while in the hospital. As my mom's primary caregiver, I became engrossed in all of her therapies and treatments, especially speech. Instantly, I knew this was the career path for me. I knew I wanted to help people the same way that SLP helped my mom.
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Mother sick and I watched therapy in my home.
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I have always had a passion for helping others. When a close friend of mine became ill and lost her ability to speak, my passion for advocating for communication became evident. After shadowing, and further research I knew that speech pathology was for me. The diverse nature of the field further inspired my interest. I believe that as a speech- language pathologist I will be able to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
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Eating & swallowing is a very essential part of life. I experience the difficulty of swallowing medicine & I can understand how dreadful it can be. Speech is also an intrigue part of life. As an infant, we know that parents find it difficult to understand the need of their child due to the lack of communication skills. Infants themselves also cannot express what they want. This would result in assumptions which might not be what the infant might want to deliver. Hence I strongly believe that speech is important in life although there are alternatives to communication like hand signs.
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Am interested in this fieid.
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I originally started out wanting to be a teacher, then I took a couple of ASL classes and a deaf culture class, and I became interested in speech. I like the idea of helping people and being a positive influence on their lives.
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I decided to become a speech language pathologist because I wanted to work with people. I was in landscape architecture and wanted to see more tangible change and be able access progress. I had an interest in speech because it incorporates science, creativity, and also interpersonal skills. When I observed speech sessions I witnessed how functional the skills you are teaching patients are.
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I always knew I wanted to help people and the community in some way, and this field interested me because it science based.
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Because I have always wanted to help people. Improving someone's quality of life is the most gratifying way to live.
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Frankly speaking 15 years ago when I was high school student, my mother injured in accident, after that she went to speech therapy clinic, so I decide to become speech therapist to help patient with any speech and language disorders.
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My work as a teaching assistant in a self contained classroom provided me with the opportunity to observe the school SLP. I enjoyed carrying over what she taught in the classroom and decided that was a perfect fit for me.
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My best therapy session is when I have an act.
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I have always known that I wanted to work with children and was always interested in communication disorders. Speech and Language pathology encompasses everything that I want to get out of a career.
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I've always loved language, I've been fascinated by how people communicate with each other. I started with linguistics and second language acquisition and that evolved into a love for communication sciences and disorders. Human communication is one of the more unique features of our species, so working with people with communication disorders is not only intrinsically fascinating to me, but I also love working with people and being a problem-solver.
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Since high school I have always wanted my career to be one that helped people live a better life. Speech Language Pathology was one of those professions that I knew I could help people in the best way that I can.
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There is no greater feeling than making a difference in someone's life. What separates human beings from any other living form is the way we can communicate. Helping an individual be able to express him or herself for the first time or again is a beautiful feeling.
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I decided to become a Speech and Language pathologist because I wanted to help people and still be able to develop a good professional relationship with them as well. This profession is the best fit for both of those options.
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I wanted a job where I wasn't going to be doing the same thing every day along with many different employment options and the opportunity to help people.
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I wanted to help people who had lost the ability to speak.
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I want to help my clients to communicate with their loved ones. There are so many different populations that speech language pathologists can work; therefore, there are so many different settings that we can make a difference.
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It offered a variety of employment positions along with a population of patients that will offer something different each day.
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I love working with kids.
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I decided to become a Speech Language pathologist because it encompasses a lot of things. You can work with different ages and different disorders. This allows you to work in different settings. I chose this career path because I like helping out others and therapy can be fun and life changing for some. I just want to help others reach their full potential.
26.
Working for Commnity Action Program realiez, poor had no idea what a banana was... Started me thinking.
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I decided to become a Speech and Language pathologist due to the endless job opportunities within the field. As a creative individual, I can use my creativity as an advantage to help treat clients who are never like the previous client. I have always had the heart to help individuals reach his or her full potential and ultimately have a positive impact on an individuals' life.
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I always had a desire to help adults and children in whatever way physically possible. I liked the fact that this type of occupation allowed for exactly that. I found speech therapy to be a unique and exciting occupation where there is so much to treat and so many different people to work with in different environments. I found it stimulating.
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I chose to become a Speech Language Pathologist because of the multitude of chances in the field. For example, working in a variety of settings and within those settings seeing a variety of clients with diverse needs. Because of the diverse needs the learning never ends. We always need to be on our toes so to speak with endless possibilities of creativity. Ultimately, I wanted to become a Speech Language Pathologist because of the feeling of being rewarded when a client is making gains or progress in therapy and that it is impacting their life forever.
30.
I babysat a young girl who was a selective mute and after working with her for about a year, and became very interested in speech pathology. Her father assisted me with finding a school that was best for me.
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I became a Speech and Language pathologist because I have a passion to work with a diverse population with diverse needs in order to help patients reach their goals.
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I decided to become a speech language pathologist during my senior year of high school. I was placed at a Holistic Learning Center in a program that was designed for students to opt out of our courses/finals and instead participate in fieldwork of our choice. My whole life up until that point I was convinced I would go to law school and become a lawyer. I was disappointed when my guidance counselor told me that would not be my plan because there were no available placements at any local law firms. My guidance counselor told me that she believed this may be a better fit based on my strengths and passions (one being communicating and the other one being compassion for helping others).
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- our scope of practice ranges greatly and all that we are involved in interested me a lot -also the populations and health professionals that we get the opportunity to work with made me want to become a speech pathologist.
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It offers a variety of patients and a setting where you will see something different with every case and everyday. This was one of the things I was looking for when considering majors. Also, the many areas of practice possible after becoming an SLP was a big benefit for me.
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I was attracted to the science of speech, also I like the fact that I can make such a difference in someones life.
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I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have the focus on my career be helping people and this was a field where I would be doing that in everything I do. I also was drawn to the ability of our field to treat people from birth to death. I think its great that after I earn my Masters that I can work in any of the areas that SLPs are certified, so I don’t have to go back to school if I’d want to change settings. So if I get bored with my job, then its my own fault since there are so many things we can do!
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When deciding on a career path for myself, it took me quite a few years to truly figure that question out. I always knew that I had a love for children, and the passion to help them succeed in every way possible. While in college I had the opportunity to work with underprivileged children, and that is when I realized I felt drawn to working with children who have communication disorders.
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A good way to serve society.
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I decided to become a Speech Language pathologist because I have a passion for helping people. When I was in high school, I took a class to job shadow and was put on rotations at the hospital and discovered speech therapy. I was fascinated with it and wanted to learn more. I shadowed every where I could, and I really fell in love with the field.
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Her cousin is autistic, and had a traumatic experience. She was encouraged to go in to the profession.
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I decided to become a speech therapist so as to help, the people those who suffer from speech disorders or anything related..
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Because I have interest in this area.
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I decided to become a Speech Language pathologist because I have a passion for helping people. When I was in high school, I took a class to job shadow and was put on rotations at the hospital and discovered speech therapy. I was fascinated with it and wanted to learn more. I shadowed every where I could, and I really fell in love with the field.
44.
I decided to become an SLP because I always wanted to work with children. I decided to observe an SLP and I saw that I would be able to work with a variety of children with a variety of diagnosis.
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I knew from a young age I wanted to work with children. I was looking into early education but an acquaintance of mine introduced me to the field of speech pathology telling me it had so much to offer. I researched it myself and knew instantly it would combine my love for children with my love for helping those in need.
46.
First of all I like this profession and its a new field in applied health profession fand I want to learn something new and serve my nation enthusiatically.
47.
Helping people was always something I loved doing. It didn't matter much how I helped someone as long as I was doing everything I could to do so. As a former performer, speaking and communicating has always played an important part in my life. After talking with a few speech pathologists, I had finally found a profession that could combine my desire to perform and my desire to help.
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I want help children in underserved communities with communication and social pragmatics.
49.
I've always wanted to work with children and improve the lives of others. When I was 9 my little cousin was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I would go with my aunt and cousin to his therapy sessions. I knew from that point I wanted to work with children to enhance their communication abilities.
50.
At the age of 14, by next door neighbor suffered a devastating stroke. Over the next few months I watched him recover with the help of a Speech Language Pathologist, he was unable to swallow and had difficulties with speech, after intensive therapy, I saw the man he was pre-stroke. I want to be the person who can be the positive change in another's life by helping them with my knowledge and patient attitude.
51.
When I knew more about pathology.
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Due to my own hearing loss and experience with the field through this avenue.
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My nephew has cerebral palsy and my father inlaw had a stroke. They both inspired me to want to learn more.
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When I was an undergraduate I was working part time as a baby sitter for the youth pastor at my church. His younger son was two and communicated primarily through gesture and vowel vocalizations with a handful of words. He was often frustrated when navigating the home and sometimes, in an effort to meet his own needs, put himself in danger by climbing on the cabinets or in the refrigerator. He began working with a speech language pathologist through the First Steps program. Over the next few months he made exponential gains, was able to communicate his wants and needs, and became much happier. It was amazing to see the progress, and I decided that I would like to devote my life to helping children blossom in that way.
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I decided to become a Speech Language pathologist because I have a passion for helping people. When I was in high school, I took a class to job shadow and was put on rotations at the hospital and discovered speech therapy. I was fascinated with it and wanted to learn more. I shadowed every where I could, and I really fell in love with the field.
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I've always know that education was for me but not the classroom. I wanted small groups and the ability to provide direct treatment.
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To share my knowledge. To teach. To inspire. I decided to become a speech and language pathologist because when I was in undergraduate school I met a 2.5 year old boy, who I call my step son, who was challenged by not being understood by others. He strove to communicate effectively, yet still nothing. I took an intro to communication class and was filled with awe and wonder, as the subject compelled me to learn more. Learning about the brain was fascinating. Learning about the deviations from the norm that can occur in the brain was fascinating. And learning of ways to apply this new information to my step-son was inspiring. The knowledge I could acquire, combined with being able to help my step-son was enough for me to be captured. It was then that I was sold and chose my future career path.
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I have always enjoyed helping people. I like teaching people things, but I didn't want to become a teacher. I have a few years of experienced performing and I wanted to find a way to combine the two somehow. After searching and researching, I came across Speech-Language Pathology. I did observations and interviewed some Speech Pathologists and I knew I had found the right career for me.
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Initially there should be a meeting with the parent/caregiver to see if the signs are new or if they have been noted in the child for a while. Then for most schools a Response to Intervention model the incorporates using compensatory material and strategies within the classroom. If this does not seem to help the student's performance, then a formal referral for evaluation is made and the evaluation is conducted. This helps to determine if the child is deemed eligible for services. If so, an IEP is developed and put into practice. This will be re-evaluated for effectiveness annually.
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I think it is a very rewarding profession and after seeing the struggles both my mother and brother went through in their communication abilities I knew how important language and communication are and want to help others.
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I was passionate to effect peoples lives in a positive way since I was a little kid. To be frank I started admiring this profession because of my younger cousin who was diagnosed to have autism and I heard about what the speech therapy does with him.
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I decided to become a speech and language pathologist because I
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Because I love helping people. I also really like to work with children and the geriatric population, which is possible in this job.
64.
Well I like to help people and I like language. I worked within a nursing home years ago overseeing the medicare unit and thought of all the therapies I was most interested in ST.
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I have a passion for helping others.
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I wanted to use my skills, and do something that mattered. I liked working with all ages one on one, and I knew I wanted to do something that required a higher education.
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When I was in middle school my cousin was diagnosed with autism. Once she started seeing an SLP I was immediately interested in the field. Watching her make progress made me want to help children like her find their voice.
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I decided to become a speech and language pathologist because I have a passion for working with children and always knew I wanted to be in a profession of helping people. Communication is essential to every day living skills, relationships and friendships as well as being successful in both school and the community. I choose to become a speech and language pathologist to help people to become better communicators.
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Help other people in needs.
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My younger cousin was diagnose with autism at a young age. I been came more interested in the field and I enjoy helping other overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential.
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Because I like help others.
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I was exposed to it as my brother was thought to have apraxia of speech, he was virtually non-verbal until 4yrs. Through speech pathology my brother came to communicate which reduced his frustration. Also, my two passions in life are communication (relationships) and eating! If I can help someone do either of these two things I feel that helps achieve quality of life, and makes all the hard work worth it.
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From an early age I have sought a career which revolved around working with people to help and support those in need, making positive impacts on peoples lives. Language and communication is what makes humans unique from other species and provides us with the tools necessary to lead an independent, well rounded life. Therefore for those whom have difficulty or experience problems related to speech, language and communication may also experience difficulties on a greater scale across educational and social scales. Supporting individuals with such difficulties to gain the independence and social opportunities which many of us take for granted is therefore what motivates me to to fulfill my passion in becoming a speech and language therapist.
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I decided to become a Speech and Language therapist because I believe that communication is at the core of what makes us human, we have a desire to communicate with each other. I want to help those who need additional support in that area. I also wanted to work with people and find language incredibly interesting, so I felt that this job combines all of this.
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Because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children and adults with whom I have worked.
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To help people with communication disorders.
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I enjoy working with people and assisting in overcoming their deficits.
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I chose this career path because not only will I have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the individuals I interact with, but I will also have the opportunity to be exposed to tremendous diversity through the individuals, cultures, professionals, and job settings in the future. Throughout my career I will be constantly challenged allowing opportunity for continued growth.
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The main reason why I wanted to do SLT was because I like helping people in any way I can. Communication is so vital in everyday life and if I can make just the slightest bit of change on someone’s life then that just means everything to me. Also SLT is diverse so I will be able to help many people. I can help adults who has had a stroke or I can help children who have difficulties in communication.
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I decided to become a Speech Language pathologist because I love teaching children how to effectively communicate and giving them the skills they need to access the curriculum. I also love working alongside a team and collobrating with parents and teachers.
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I really enjoyed working with children, however I wanted to combine that with something more medically based. I learnt about SLP through a psych course and when I began volunteering I loved working one on one with clients so I knew it was the right field for me.
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When growing up I thought I wanted to be a teacher so I volunteered in a classroom my senior year of high school. When I went to my community college I took 2 years of ASL and that really interested me. I also was a nanny for a boy that had speech disorder and throughout the time I nannied for him I was able to notice how much more confident he was in speaking. I knew that I wanted to work with children and I decided after that speech therapy was something I was interested in as communication is such an important aspect in life. I want to be able to help those who are less fortunate in that area and be able to be confident with themselves and it seems so rewarding.
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I became a Speech and Language Pathologist so that through my lifetime of working to provide for myself and my family, I may also help others. I was blessed with a natural disposition to work harmoniously with others, as well as, empathetic to people with disabilities. As a teenager I was drawn to babysitting because I loved being around young children. It was rewarding to create a safe and fun environment for them. As a college student I realized I had a passion for health and learning about the human brain and body. My Dad had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was a child which definitely played a role in my choice to become an SLP. The combination of wanting to work with children, help others who were sick or disabled, natural tendency to love socializing and communicating with those around me, made the decision of which profession to pursue easy. I have never regretted my choice.
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My decision to pursue a career in speech language pathology was influenced by intriguing and complex phenomena involved in speech and language production. My ability to speak two languages made me think more deeply about issues concerning bilingualism, language acquisition, and communication disorders.
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