Communication Reflection Paper

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At times, circumstances in life can unknowingly guide one on a path leading to a promising and rewarding career. Thanks to my family and sister, I am here today. When I was four years old, my younger sister Carly was diagnosed with a rare developmental disorder, called Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS). Of course at the time I did not understand what this meant, but as we got older, many of Carly’s challenges were attributes that came easily to me and other typically developing kids. One of her biggest challenges was - and still is today - is communicating effectively. For instance, Carly didn’t use full words until early elementary school. Before that, she communicated mostly through pointing or using monosyllabic repetitions when she wanted objects. At worst, she would express her thoughts and frustrations through outbursts. From this young age, I was able to observe Carly and her SLP work on improving her communication, either in our home or during her speech sessions at the therapy clinic. However during my high school career, becoming an SLP was just in the back of my mind, and was never my first choice. It didn’t become prominent until entered my freshman year of college at the University of Iowa, and took the Intro to Speech & Hearing Processes and Disorders class. Throughout the semester I not only became interested in the concepts I previously experienced through my sister, but also in concepts I had never heard of or thought twice about like stuttering, aphasia, and

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