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Master’s SLP, Research, Aphasia and/or Disphasia

From the experience that I have acquired to date in relating to those who suffer difficulties in speech communication it is clear to me that it takes a very special type of person to treat speech disorders successfully; that empathy, determination and enormous patience, together with substantial technical knowledge and skills are called for in order to achieve optimum outcomes. I believe that I possess these personal qualities and characteristics and am confident that I have the academic capability to excel in the program and beyond it. My goal is to work with adults in a hospital setting and also to pursue research in the areas of Aphasia and/or Disphasia, eventually pursuing a Ph.D.

In the summer of 2015, I shadowed a Speech Pathologist at the VA hospital in XXXX, IL. I observed tracheotomies and esophagus valve replacements. I also observed therapy sessions of clients suffering dysphagia and aphasia including swallow tests. This provided an opportunity to witness the enormously positive effect that an enthusiastic and well trained clinician can provide and the range of problems that they deal with. I am currently working collaboratively with family and clinician with a Down’s Syndrome ‘middle-schooler’ to assist her achieve her potential, which is considerable. It has given me great satisfaction to witness the progress that she has made, and continues to make, and to be playing a part in her development.

I am currently working as a researcher in the Developmental Psycholinguistics Lab with XXXX in XXXX, Kansas. I have sought exposure to a research environment with a view to undertaking a Ph.D. research project in the future and this experience has been of great value in providing an understanding of research techniques and the qualities required of a successful researcher, which I am determined to develop.

In addition to my bachelor degree program, I shall shortly enrol in a course entitled ‘Introduction to Audiological Assessment and Rehabilitation’ in order to enhance the relevant skills and knowledge that I am acquiring. I am also fluent in American Sign Language, having successfully completed three semesters of study. I also have a basic knowledge of French which I intend to enhance when other commitments permit.

I am aware that it is necessary for dedicated clinicians to have outside interests and recreations to ensure a balanced and rounded personality. In addition to swimming and reading, I love activities that are physically demanding such as canoeing, rafting, zip lining, skydiving and parasailing. I am also fairly well-travelled as a result of my membership of ‘People to People’, an organization whose mission is to further international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among people of different countries and diverse cultures. I also undertake a significant amount of voluntary and charity raising activities through my membership of various organizations including ‘Family Promise’, ‘Big Brothers, Big Sisters’, ‘Global Partners’ and ‘The Lawrence Humane Society’. I have studied, worked and socialized with people from many social and cultural backgrounds and positively enjoy doing so.

To summarize, I am confident that I have the academic potential, basic experience, knowledge and background, personal attributes and, most of all, a genuine passion for this area of study and work to enable me to ‘add value’ to the program, if selected, and to make a significant and positive difference to the lives of my future clients.

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