What was your path to becoming a provider?
I became aware of the speech/language pathology field shortly after my grandmother had a stroke. Accompanying her to her therapy sessions peaked my interest so much that I made the decision to apply to graduate school after having graduated from college eight years prior.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
I am passionate about this work because it allows me to empower students to find ways of learning that work best for them. We don't all learn the same way and that is okay! When students know what learning style works best for their individual needs, they can advocate for that in the classroom and, by doing so, take part ownership of their education.
What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment (or counseling/therapy)?
I would advise the family to go into the process with an open-mind and to understand the end goal is not to put a 'label' on your child but to gather information to better inform those working with your child on how to best support them.