The Speech Department at Marywood taught me the importance of human dignity and life, and the importance of being an advocate for my students, clients, and residents.
I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, I moved to Alexandria, VA and completed my Clinical Fellowship at Fairfax County Public Schools District. The district is the 10th largest in the United States with 188,000 students coming from all around the world! (Important fun fact for Speech Pathologists: the district has over 200 languages that our students speak!) I am currently a Speech-Language Pathologist at East Pennsboro E.S. located outside of Harrisburg, PA.
As a Speech Pathologist, my responsibilities are to identify children with a speech-language impairment, evaluate (sometimes bilingually!), and treat students. Target areas include: articulation, receptive/expressive language, fluency, phonological awareness, assisting with AAC devices, and pragmatics. I work in elementary schools where I interact with students with Autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, as well as others. A great deal of my previous students have learned English as a second language, and I have worked with students who come from the following language-speaking homes: Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Farsi, Punjabi, Arabic, Tigrinya, and Armenian.
Marywood helped prepare me to transition into a professional field by experiencing an intense and extensive five-year Master’s program. I was surrounded by supervisors and professors who believed in each member of my cohort (Hi, Cohort 7!). We learned fundamental knowledge, how to apply this knowledge in our treatment, and how to be good professionals in the work force. Most of all, the Speech Department at Marywood taught me the importance of human dignity and life, and the importance of being an advocate for my students, clients, and residents. I learned that it is not my job to succeed, but to provide my students the resources to succeed. I learned it is my obligation to be an advocate for my students even when it is hard for me to do.
I am so thankful Marywood, especially the Speech Pathology Department, taught me that I have a purpose…that my students have a purpose. Because of Marywood I am able to remind my students that ALL of them have a voice to be heard.