Inbox: Inspiring Memories While reviewing the recent Leader article "Speaking Up About Memories" (Oct. 30, 2012), I was reminded of the inspiring work of my graduate school professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Joyce Harris, and her strong focus on providing meaningful, functional therapy for our clients. Much to my ... Inbox
Inbox  |   February 01, 2013
Inbox: Inspiring Memories
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Inbox   |   February 01, 2013
Inbox: Inspiring Memories
The ASHA Leader, February 2013, Vol. 18, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.18022013.3
The ASHA Leader, February 2013, Vol. 18, 3. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.18022013.3
While reviewing the recent Leader article "Speaking Up About Memories" (Oct. 30, 2012), I was reminded of the inspiring work of my graduate school professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, Joyce Harris, and her strong focus on providing meaningful, functional therapy for our clients. Much to my delight, I realized she was the author of this article that so accurately reflected her views.
As I look back on my 30-year career, I recognize the huge impact this insightful, funny, strong woman had on my vocational choices and my clinical practice. She showed how to bring meaning to potentially repetitive treatment tasks and how to provide the personal touch that encouraged her clients to reach great heights. She inspired her students through her stories and her unparalleled work ethic.
Joyce Harris moved on to attain her PhD and to touch the lives of many other speech-language pathologists throughout her career. I can only imagine the number of lives she has positively affected, both directly through her own clinical practice and indirectly through the practice of her many students who proudly follow her lead in providing functional treatment for their clients. As she is inspiring me once again, I am now speaking up about my memories to say "thank you" to the woman who helped make them so rewarding.
Penny Greene Leslie
El Paso, Texas
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