Caitlyn J.

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I will be attending Grand valley to major in speech- language pathology. The reason I want to study in speech and language development because I always love helping out people especially when they are younger than me. I wanted to be a teacher for a long time but as I got older, I narrow down what exactly I wanted to do. I wanted to help children who have a learning disability when it came to talking or hearing because I was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing disorder at six years old. I decided in high school to combine what I love to do and what I have and speech- language pathology was that.

When I was six years old, I was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder. My teacher brought it to my mom`s attention that something was going on with me. I was frustrated because I couldn`t figure out what the teacher was saying and I wanted to do well. I was determined to overcome my disorder. I knew I was different from the other kids in my school. I would do more work than the average student. There have been times when kids would ask me why someone is taking me out of class or they were calling me special. I never cared if somebody thought I was different because I had a goal. With my degree in speech-language pathology, I will be able to help children with their impairments and tell them its okay to be different.

My degree will help the state of Michigan because I can help kids figure out what they want to do when they grow up. When a child know they are different from other kids they don’t have confidence in them self because they are different. I will be able to tell them that it’s okay to be different because I can give them real life experience of what it’s like to be different. I can tell them that I have Central Auditory Processing Disorder and explain to them that I have this disorder and I was able to achieve my dream. When a kid knows that, someone is willing to help them they will have more confidence in them self and they won’t fill discourage of being different. A child who has a learning disability can be the next doctor, lawyer, and judge, the possibility are endless.

I always wanted to be a teacher, when I got older I decide to narrow down what exactly it was that I wanted to do and speech- language pathology is what match me. When I was little, I was diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder that is another reason why I want to study in speech- language pathology. I will be able to help children with impairment because I can give them real life experience.