We have all had a role model in our lives. Someone that we idolized, someone we wanted to be like, someone we honored. Discussions about what is a good role model, are current role models for children honest and someone to adore may arise when visiting with adults. I find myself full of gratitude and excitement when I run across an inspiring story, movie, video, or interview that highlights a true role model.
Last Sunday while preparing to teach my Aural Rehabilitation class, one of my students sent me an email with a link to a commercial. Watching this Duracell commercial made me smile and really appreciate what I do as an audiologist. Working with children and adults with hearing loss, we are so inspired by their stories and what they overcome to make it in the world!
Last night in my Aural Rehabilitation class I was talking with my students about how to help their patients deal with the same situations that Derrick Coleman encountered. It is the role of the audiologist, speech-language pathologist, or deaf and hard of hearing teacher to instill in their patients, clients, and students a sense of self-efficacy, self-confidence, and perseverance. This leads in turn to assertive communicators who can do anything!
Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman you are a true role model not only for myself but for all children and adults with hearing loss! Who is your role model?