JORDAN LEANEY

Why did you become a speech pathologist?

When I was younger, a family member went to speech therapy and so I was aware of the profession from a fairly young age. It had such a positive impact and the homework activities seemed like a lot of fun, so much so that I wished I was the one who got to go along to the therapy sessions!! Of course, I have since learnt that speech pathology encompasses so much more than just speech therapy, however I am grateful that the experience opened my eyes to the profession! I would describe myself as a ‘people person’ and have always wanted to work in a role that allows me to utilise my strengths and help and contribute to the lives of others, and so speech pathology seemed like the perfect fit!! Communication affects every aspect of a person’s life; it is essential for learning, participating in everyday activities, interacting with others and developing social relationships, and I strongly believe that everyone has the right to communicate and/or receive support in order to communicate to the best of their ability. I think it’s amazing that speech pathology can help others to realise their potential as communicators!

What are your particular areas of interest?

Whilst I enjoy working with and supporting individuals of all ages, I really love working with children and adolescents and their families. I am particularly interested in and passionate about supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as those with developmental language disorder (DLD) and other language and social communication difficulties, and have developed clinical specialisms in these fields. Developing children’s social awareness and emotional regulation skills is another area in which I have experience and I believe that working collaboratively with other allied health professionals, such as occupational therapists and psychologists, is so important when supporting individuals with these skills. I am also interested in helping children to develop their attention and listening skills, play skills, speech sounds, fluency and literacy skills.

Why Bloom?

I am thrilled to be joining the Bloom team, surrounded by like-minded individuals who are passionate about what they do and committed to delivering high quality, evidence-based therapy with a sense of fun and enthusiasm! I was particularly drawn to the multi and transdisciplinary working opportunities that Bloom offers, as I feel that collaborative working amongst different professionals is so important and so effective! I also love the fact that the team at Bloom are so creative and open to new ideas and approaches.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

Those who know me well would say that my one true love in life is food! I love sharing meals with friends, sampling new foods and trying out new recipes. I feel that, like talking, food really brings people together! I also love to exercise, travel, read, listen to music and spend quality time with my family and friends.

These are a few of my favourite things…

My dog, running, hot yoga, eating, visiting new places and experiencing different cultures, music, people and cuisines!

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