Why I Was Inspired to Help Others
My father lost his voice when I was in high school. He had throat cancer and had to have a laryngectomy. I went with him to the Mayo Clinic and attended his speech therapy classes. He was a vibrant story teller and jokester. That ended with the loss of his voice which changed his personality from extrovert to an introvert. I learned at an early age how important it was to be able to communicate in order to build wonderful relationships with people. That is why I became a Speech Pathologist.
I was in India at the age of twenty and I happened to witness Mother Teresa entering her orphanage and silencing a room of over 40 crying babies. It was magical! The babies and toddlers heard her sweet lullaby and waited for her warm hugs and kisses. It still brings tears to my eyes and goose bumps on my arms. The meeting ended with her advice to me, “Whatever, don’t be mediocre, be the best!” I knew then I wanted to be like her and help others from the heart.
I worked for the United Cerebral Palsy in an inclusionary preschool program. I found that parents of typical children had more questions than those of special needs, because they didn’t know how to determine if there child was on target or how to enhance their child’s learning. That is what inspired me to write, My Baby Compass, Birth to Seven, An Easy Program to Help Your Child Think, Speak, Move & Thrive. I hope you find the information helpful and I want the best for your child.
-Kathy Thorson Gruhn