It was Jordan’s much-loved Pop who showed her the value of family and of working with children. He’d been a school principal so Jordan originally wanted to be a teacher and spent a fair bit of her childhood making her little brother play school (she says he’s very smart now!). After a couple of teaching placements though, Jordan realised that she much preferred working one-on-one with kids who needed her.
Speech therapy had already been on her radar because a family friend who had hearing difficulties and a Cochlear implant. Now, she works with kids with complex communication needs, helping them find their voice through Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC). She also enjoys working with adults who have trouble with swallowing food and drink so that they can have the best quality of life and enjoy mealtimes while keeping them safe from choking.
Jordan loves fostering rapport and trust in long-term therapy relationships with clients. It’s that trust that gives clients confidence to try new ways of communicating, whether they’re a child with selective mutism or an older person adjusting to advanced Parkinson’s. Jordan gets a buzz when her clients use their new-found skills to tell her something special.
Jordan’s days are busy. She’s up at 5am to get to the gym before work starts at 8am. She’s often out on the road during the day, visiting clients at home. After work, she relaxes by doing yoga and she always enjoys her day off each Friday, making time to wander round the Strand or watch a movie.
Travel has always been on Jordan’s bucket list and she’s looking forward to a trip to Europe, starting in London and exploring from there.
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology from James Cook University
- Clinical experience in Timor-Leste
- Member of Speech Pathology Australia
- Available for appointments in Townsville