A short reflection

We spent our entire time today traveling (in fact, we can now say that we are time travelers because we actually traveled backwards to earn a few extra hours to our Friday!) During our long flight with Air Canada, we had time to reflect on our experience in China. We are grateful that we got to see so much in such a short span of time. If this trip has taught us anything, it is that we should appreciate what we have in our own country while also appreciating diversity. In reality, language is a universal human phenomenon, and it is important as speech language pathologists that we are willing to go beyond the borders to help bring about positive change. This change can be a simple exchange of ideas, or it can be collaboration to develop assessments and interventions that are culture-specific. Whatever it may be, speech-language pathologists are needed all around the world and often play important roles in multidisciplinary teams. We’d like to wrap up by saying “Goodbye” to China and to all the wonderful people that we had the opportunity to meet. We hope to see you again someday!

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