Speech therapy or terapi wicara (in Indonesian language) is my field of interest.
My journey into this field is unexpectedly, amazing and adventurous to say the least.
I started a music studio around 11 years ago to provide Kindermusik classes to children in my community. Then a parent referred me to our county Help me grow program and we became a provider! Through this experience I came to know about the field. Some parents encouraged me to go back to school and become an SLP. I brushed that off because English is NOT my native language. Low and behold, those were God’s whispering through them.
In 2007 I found out that my best friend in Indonesia has a special need daughter. Going through this journey with her open my eyes to the fact that there were very limited numbers of speech therapist / terapis wicara in Indonesia. Again, it was God speaking a little louder to me. Yet as stubborn as I am, I brushed it off again! I had a comfortable life. My music studio was thriving and the bottom line is why would I want to go back to graduate school.
In 2009, I almost died of childbirth complication. Some of my girlfriends joked with me,” what would I regret if I died?” The question pierced me through my heart as if God was yelling on my ears. The only regret I would have had if I died is not obeying God’s voice and try to follow HIS direction for me to go back to school and become an SLP.
I am not naive and I don’t claimed that I will be able to make a difference in the lives of millions of Indonesian children. However, once I graduate I will be the ONLY Indonesian who has the Ph.D degree in Speech Language Pathology. Responibilites surpassed the honor and prestige that will come with such degree.
I don’t know what the future holds…. I am just living my life one step at a time… trying to obey the plan that God has planned for me… The journey has NOT been easy but I can truly say that GOD has been faithful throughout it all!