Anna Caroline Strickland
Job title: Speech Pathologist at Pediatrics Plus
Age: 27 | Higher Education: Ouachita Baptist University, Harding University
Anna Caroline Strickland’s interest in a career in speech pathology stemmed from her own life experiences. For the first 10 years of her life, the Little Rock native attended Easterseals Arkansas where she received physical and occupational therapy for cerebral palsy. She returned as a volunteer throughout high school and college and discovered how much she enjoyed helping kids reach their goals.
“Speech language pathology is a way to be an important part in children’s lives and a way I can help them reach their goals,” Anna Caroline said. “I got into speech pathology to make a difference in children’s lives, and I feel like I’m definitely accomplishing that goal.”
Her parents taught her the importance of perseverance and a strong work ethic, which pushed her to pursue her dream career despite the challenges she faced.
“A lot of hard work, determination and perseverance got me to where I am today,” Anna Caroline said. “I never give up because it’s not in my personality to do so. I always push myself forward no matter how hard the situation.”
Now, Anna Caroline works as a speech pathologist at Pediatrics Plus in Little Rock. Her job is to evaluate and treat children with speech and language delays in conjunction with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other developmental disorders. Anna Caroline is able to use her unique perspective to make an impact on her students and their families, and she finds the progress and milestones her students make to be incredibly rewarding.
“I knew what I was getting into when I chose speech therapy, but what I didn’t anticipate was the deep love and respect I have for the children I have treated and their families,” Anna Caroline said. “...I know that I have left an impact on their families' lives. They have most certainly left an impact on my life!”