Wow, it has been nearly four months since I last posted. Life happened. Actually something really big happened, I decided to return to school to finish my bachelor’s degree. For the first time since 1994 I signed up for a college course. Wow, 13 years – amazing. I am considered a junior but since I switched majors I am busy taking a few 100 and 200 level courses that are required for my new major. What is my new major you may ask? Speech and Hearing Science. Yes, that’s right, my goal is to become a speech-language pathologist. I feel drawn to the field after I’ve seen the strides my daughter has made in the past year with the help of an SLP plus the gains my son has made with the SLP-led social skills group. In addition to being a parent of children who receive speech therapy I was also a participant in speech therapy as a child. I could not pronounce my Rs; it took two years of therapy before I was able to do so. I am in my mid-30s (gosh it hurts to say that!) and I still remember the day I pronounced the word mirror correctly. Think about it, the word mirror has the R sound in the middle and the end of the word. For years it was miwwow, then I progressed to mirrow then finally I managed it all…MIRROR. Triumphant at last! I then graduated from speech therapy. I’m thinking my experience as a patient and a parent will help tremendously when it comes to actually being a practicing SLP.
As part of my return to school I have joined NSSLHA(pronounced nish-luh) – the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association; NSSHLHA is a part of ASHA- the American Speech-Hearing Association. The NSSHLA chapter at my University held a brunch and silent auction last week and I decided to attend. I was absolutely nervous about attending because my courses for the Fall semester were online and I had only been to campus one time. When I arrived I got the nerve up to ask a couple of girls if I could join them at their table. I soon found out that everyone in the room was either a 2nd year Master’s student or a Doctoral candidate. The only undergrads, aside from myself, were sitting outside working the raffle ticket table. Boy did I feel out-of-place. Anyhow the conversation turned towards internships, IEPs, METs, etc and I was able to jump right in on the conversation. I also met a few professors but shied away from the two Deans in attendance. All-in-all it was a great experience even though I was so nervous going in to it. My courses for Spring 2008 are also online but starting in the summer I’ll be on campus – I’m planning on taking Physics 101. Don’t you know I’m now kicking myself in the butt for not taking the AP Physics exam in high school! *laughs*
In my hiatus from blogging the one year anniversary of my daughter’s diagnosis came and went. I made a little post about it to some friends and am going to add it here and post-date it. It’s been a long year and something I’d like to memoralize on my blog.