A WNBA Player Mentions Speech TherapyNovember 23, 2009 at 3:10 PM | Posted in Interesting Information | Leave a comment
In a recent article on Slam, WNBA player Tamika Catchings talks about attending speech therapy as a child due to a hearing disability. Here is a snippet of the article.
“Growing up, Tamika faced the daunting task of overcoming a hearing disability that first showed up in a standard preschool test. This eventually led to hearing aids, speech therapy, and at times the need to read lips. Tamika wore braces and had glasses to accompany the large hearing aid she had to wear at the time. She was a straight A student in the classroom but, unfortunately, Tamika was teased relentlessly by fellow classmates and had a difficult time fitting in socially. “Growing up I was in speech therapy, had a hearing aid, braces, glasses and my story really starts with dealing with all that — wanting to fit in and be normal,” Tamika said. “I didn’t understand why I was made fun of so much. Whether it was my difficulties hearing or the way I talked, getting pulled out of class for speech therapy, or other constant things kids made fun of me for. Sometimes I wanted to give up but my parents wouldn’t let me.””
The article goes on to talk about how she has become very successful in her basketball career and that she may be remembered as one of the greatest female basketball players of all-time.
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