What do you love most about being a speech-language therapist?
I love working with both kids and adults. When I work with adults, it is exciting to help them develop ways to communicate with other people and the whole world, and very often you can help them understand their own difficulties and they would see themselves differently—this can significantly improve their quality of life. When working with kids, I enjoy interacting with them as well as training parents to develop their knowledge and skills to support their children in their daily environment, watching them grow out of despair and anxiety and become confident and hopeful.
 Why did you go into your career as a speech-language therapist?
During my postgraduate course on Applied Linguistics in China, I got to meet some people who stuttered and who were seeking professional support, but couldn’t find any in China. This prompted me to find out more about what kind of support they needed, and soon I learned about speech and language therapy. While speech and language therapy is very established in western countries, this profession was just starting to develop in China. Almost nobody knew what it was and there were almost no resources or even an introduction available on the internet in China. I’ve always enjoyed doing something practical and interpersonal, and felt that becoming a speech-language therapist would greatly match my personality and passions. Eventually, I obtained a Master of Medical Science on Clinical Communication Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK, and became a speech-language therapist.
 What does your job entail?
My job mostly involves playing, talking, and typing! I develop kids’ communication skills by playing games with them, and I talk with colleagues, parents and teachers to work out the best approach to support the kids, and write notes, reports and plans for therapy.