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Latino, Spanish, SLP Master's, Currently SLPA, Christian Faith, Children, Autism

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I could not enjoy my current professional position more, anxious to get to work each day as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) at XXXX Therapies in Hobbs, NM. I work with children and their families from birth through three years of age that have developmental delays. Looking forward to a long professional lifetime doing what I do now, I hope to earn the Master’s Degree so as to serve as a certified professional working alongside other professionals providing speech and developmental therapies in order to reach the milestones that we set for every client. To me, no work appears more noble than preventing, assessing, diagnosing, and treating speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children. Thus, I keenly look forward to earning my Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology and become a practicing SLP professional giving my all each day. Committed to lifelong education, I look forward to decades of study and research ahead, but most of all the one-on-one contact with those little ones who I seek to help.

XXXX University is my first choice for graduate study because of my deep admiration for your Christian-based values. Since my own Christian faith has been and will always be a prominent factor in my choice of SLP as a career, motivating me forward to excellence in this area, Barry is the best choice. Caring for the community, healing, inspiring, and lifting up, these are the core principles that inform my own sense of the power that resides in the name Jesus. For me, Christianity is a vehicle of expression for reason and a receptacle of wisdom. I also appreciate the fact that I can study online. Distance learning will be perfect for me, studying late into the night so as to learn how to do what I do in the daytime much better, preparing me for a lifetime of experienced and highly trained excellence in SLP.

I love helping children and believe very strongly that this is my calling in life. Ever since I was a teenager, I wanted to work with children. When the son of my best friend of 15 years was diagnosed with polymicopgyria and septo-optic dysplasia, this interest intensified. My grandfather was also diagnosed with Dysphasia two years ago while I was an undergraduate pursuing my Bachelors in Communicative Disorders, further heightening my curiosity and passion for this area of study. Thus, earning my BS in Communicative Disorders this year, 2019, set me on my path, leaving me hungry for graduate school.

At the center of my world stand children who are non-verbal, at various points on the autism spectrum, others with spinal bifida, cortical blindness and/or language delays. Each child is amazing in their own way and each one brings a new professional experience replete with new challenges. I especially love how autistic children are often able to make breakthroughs and show great emotion and compassion; nothing makes me so happy. I particularly enjoy praising them when they complete a task. While born in the USA, my Latino family retains their Spanish and I am completely fluent in conversation and learning to improve my ability to write in Spanish. It is a special privilege to work with children in Spanish as well as English and it pleases me that there are many Latinos in New Mexico, I am also learning ASL. Some of my career highlights so far have also been as a volunteer shadowing SLPs in the XXXX Municipal School system, helping children with articulation activities, non-verbal cues, and a variety of communication strategies appropriate for their age and condition.

I think you for considering my application.

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