Share Your Stories

Human interest stories are a powerful way to communicate. More than any other means, they can make professions approachable, familiar, and accessible to the public. The Share Your Stories Project, an initiative of ASHA's Public Relations Department, seeks to find such stories and ultimately share them with the media and the public.


Sridhar Krishnamurti, PhD, CCC-A

Dr. Krishnamurti talks about his training in India and his passion for training students.

Julia Gray, Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology

Julia Gray tells how her own experience with speech therapy inspired her to pursue a career in speech-language pathology and hopefully change lives as much as her life was changed. 

Byron Ross, CCC-SLP

Byron Ross recalls the joy and excitement that was felt when a young autistic patient finally understood the power of turn taking.

Linda Kurland, CCC-SLP

ASHA member Linda Kurland, CCC-SLP is inspired by the difference her and her colleagues make in the functional lives of people.

Joel Korte, Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology

As a person who stutters, Joel wants to be able to help people make changes in their life the way that he was able to make changes in his life.

Jessica Wilbur, CCC-SLP

Having been to speech therapy herself as a child, she wanted to enter the field because it made such a big difference in her life.

Catherine Starr, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Catherine Starr describes a special experience with an autistic child and how Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and bubbles helped in his therapy.

Stacey Lim, CCC-A

Audiologist Stacey Lim was born with profound hearing loss. Being an audiologist gives her the opportunity to make a difference.

Chamonix Olsen, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Chamonix Olsen puts herself in the shoes of a stutterer with fascinating results.

Fernan Tolentino, Graduate Student in Speech-Language Pathology

Fernan Tolentino talks about how he began his career in speech-language pathology.

Megan Davis, Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologist Megan Davis helps a cancer patient tell his wife, "I love you."

Anthony Koutsoftas, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Anthony Koutsoftas talks about how a Mom thanked him after he helped her autistic daughter with feeding skills.

Amy McConkey Robbins, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Amy McConkey Robbins discusses a special lesson plan she created for a young girl with a cochlear implant.

Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech-language pathologist Bernadette Mayfield-Clarke changes a stroke victim's life.

Kathy Gregory, MHS, CCC-SLP, BRS-CL

Speech-language pathologist Kathy Gregory talks about getting an augmentive communication device for a young boy and about why she was buzzing after a day at work.

Deborah Rhein, PhD, CCC-SLP

There's one client speech-language pathologist Deborah Rhein will never forget.

Ahmad Alexander, Graduate Student in Audiology

Graduate student Ahmad Alexander discusses his motivation to become an audiologist.

Written Stories

Fulfilled By Helping People
Audiologist Myles Kessler considers his work fulfilling because he can help people like Elio Betty.

Care and Inspiration
Inspired by his SLP, recovered stroke patient Scott Janokowski now wants to do more good with his life.

Hearing the Call for Help
For Rachel Clayton, the Midwest has always been home. The audiologist has been with the Constance Brown Hearing Center, (CBHC), in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the length of her professional career.

Easing Parental Worries
For pediatric audiologist Dr. Brian Fligor, one of his earliest experiences in the profession also proved to be one of the most meaningful. Four-and-a-half year old Joe Ward who had been displaying worrisome speech-language delays and behavioral problems, was one of the first patients Brian ever saw.

A Big Voice for a Little Girl
It's well documented that most adults rank public speaking as their number-one fear. Yet when third-grader Leslie Tran took the stage in March 2006 to accept the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (CASHA) 2005 Child Consumer of the Year Award, her confidence and her voice came through loud and clear.

Lessons from the Front Lines: Helping a Student with Autism Soar
"We need you. Please come." Speech-language pathologist Carol Amato vividly recalls hearing this plea from a teacher the first time she walked the halls of Paterson Public School #2...

A Voice of Hope: The Melissa Cano Story
One of the biggest challenges speech language pathologist Melisa Cano says her students face has nothing to do with breath control, pitch or articulation. It's "being teased, made fun of and having people thinking they're not intelligent."

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