Occasionally, we ask staff members to share their answer to our question: “What is your why?” In other words, “Why do you love being a speech-language pathologist?”
Sharon Calvino, MS, CF-SLP, tells us why she loves being a speech-language pathologist.
“As a child, I wanted to be either an art teacher or an astronaut! However, when it came time to actually choose a college major I stumbled into the field of speech-language pathology while studying a college catalog with my mom.
Speech-language pathology sounded like a great blend of helping children and applying science, so I decided to try it. The journey to become an SLP was more difficult, but more beautiful, than I ever imagined!
What I love most about being an SLP is the privilege of providing both compassion and practical help to children and families working through something difficult in their lives (a difficulty with communication or feeding).
This opportunity is precious to me. I am where I am today because of specific people in my life who taught me and believed in me. Many years later, I still remember their words of encouragement.
As an SLP, I am now the one to believe in my clients, even if they can’t believe in themselves at the moment. I believe that every single person is a wonderful creation of God, with gifts and abilities, and I feel so privileged to be part of helping my clients develop into who they are meant to be!”
Sharon is a travel therapist in Greenville for MTS.
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