Leeann Lawrence '23: Helping kids through CSD

Leeann Lawrence '23 grew up knowing she wanted to work with kids in some way and originally considered teaching. Many of her family members are teachers, but Lawrence realized that managing a full classroom would not be a good fit for her. She is more comfortable with individual interactions. That was what attracted her to the field of communications disorders.

Lawrence, a non-traditional undergraduate student, worked as a secretary for the special education department with an area school district when she was introduced to speech therapy and decided to pursue a degree within Communications Sciences and Disorders. At Elmira College, she found the type of program she was looking for – a quality program with small class sizes, experiential learning, and individual attention from her instructors.

"I love my professors, they are so supportive," said Lawrence. "It's like having a mom and dad helping answer every question and being there for you with every step we need to take."

Lawrence also loves how she can use her education to help the kids overcome an obstacle and ultimately feel more empowered.

"Some of the kids may be more difficult to work with because they are frustrated, but that is why they benefit from the individualized attention," she said.

Lawrence hopes more students will explore opportunities within Communications Sciences and Disorders and become “change-makers.”

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