We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Jakomin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jordan, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I enjoy reading books on spirituality and personal development, but the book that had the most impact on my personal and professional life is called “Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide” which is now in its third edition.

As an undergraduate student in speech-language pathology, I had no idea where my career would take me. I thought my options were either a school or hospital, but that is not where I ended up. When I was 20-years-old, I had an opportunity to volunteer at a convention for speech-language pathologists in Chicago, IL. As I was walking through the conference hall, I saw a poster board presentation on transgender voice and communication therapy. I had no idea that this was part of the scope of practice of speech-language pathologists because it was not part of the curriculum in my undergraduate program. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a speech-language pathologist who helped trans and non-binary individuals align their voice and communication skills with their gender identity and expression.

After the conference, I ordered the one textbook that I could find on the topic at the time, written by Richard Adler, Sandy Hirsch, and Michelle Mordaunt. The book contained information on evidence-based practices in voice therapy and extensive chapters on pitch, intonation, and resonance.

I remember tearing up at moments reading through the book, not necessarily at the scientific facts like fundamental frequency or voice harmonics, but how I could use this information to improve the lives of others. One of the most impactful parts of the textbook was reading about social and civil rights issues faced by the gender-diverse community. At the time, I did not have friends who identified as trans or gender non-conforming, so this was one of the ways I first learned about the injustices faced by the community. For me, it became more than just becoming a voice therapist for gender-diverse speakers. I also needed to start recognizing my own privilege, deconstruct my beliefs on gender, and help break down barriers for the transgender community. 

It’s been 8 years since I ordered that textbook. I’m so grateful for the authors, mentors, and clients who have guided me along the way. I now have a private practice, Jordan Ross Communication, where I work mostly with gender-expansive youth and adults on embodying voice and communication skills that are affirming and authentic for their unique identities and personalities. I’m passionate about incorporating yoga, meditation, and breath retraining within the field of speech pathology to help others communicate with confidence and authenticity.

What should our readers know about your business?

I’m a licensed and board-certified speech-language pathologist, and owner of Jordan Ross Communication, an online private practice specialized in helping gender expansive people communicate with confidence and authenticity. I believe that we need to start thinking beyond the binary. There is not one way femininity or masculinity should sound or look. I’m passionate about helping people find their voice without reinforcing negative gender stereotypes imposed by society. 

Modifying one’s voice and communication can be an emotional and vulnerable process. My goal is to empower my clients to embody voice and communication skills so they can speak their truth.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would go straight to Samesun Hostel in Venice Beach. It was here where I met one of my best friends and decided to move to Venice. I would then take a stroll along the venice canals and make my way to Abbot Kinney, grabbing a coffee at TOMS cafe. I would definitely end the night at the Abbey in Weho. 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Richard Adler, my inspiration, mentor and author of Voice and Communication Therapy for the Transgender/Gender Diverse Client: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide, Third Edition

Aaron Ziegler, my friend, mentor, and incredibly talented speech-language pathologist.

Website: jordanrosscommunication.com

Instagram: Instagram.com/jordanrosscommunication

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