Jeán Bowker – Director Allied Health and Early Intervention
Jeán has been working as a speech pathologist for over 25 years. She qualified in South Africa, and has worked in hospital, school and university settings. In addition to her 4-year undergraduate speech pathology degree, she has a degree in specialised education, a Masters in Speech Pathology, and a PhD. Jeán has been living and working in Adelaide for the past ten years, based at a busy private practice. She has also trained as an autism diagnostician..
Jeán loves working in multidisciplinary teams and is passionate about meeting a family’s needs holistically. She enjoys working as an advocate for families of people with special needs within schools and workplaces, and empowering families to advocate for themselves. Her passion is to help clients reach their full communication potential so that they can be fully included at home, school and work..
Sonia Harris – Manager of Behaviour and Community Support
Sonia Harris holds a Graduate Certificate in child and youth health, Cert III in Intellectual Disability Studies, Bachelor of Nursing, Certificate in Sexual Health and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She commenced her career in disability services working with adolescents with multiple and complex disabilities as a communication therapist. She later graduated as a Registered Nurse and specialised as a Child and Maternal Health Nurse continuing to work with children and families within the community. Sonia has a passion for working in partnership with children, families, and communities to build capacity and helping people develop and achieve their own goals through building respectful and genuine relationships. Sonia enjoys teaching, coaching and mentoring health and education professionals and has held leadership positions for over 10 years. She has taught at Flinders University and other not for profit organisations in a diverse range of subjects. Sonia is a strong advocate for children and families and offers a holistic perspective on child and family wellbeing.
Rebecca Plummer – Senior Support Coordinator | Social Worker | Key Worker
Rebecca holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Flinders University, a Bachelor degree in Wine Marketing, Certificate IV in Small Business Management, Certificate IV in personal training and studied Classical Voice at the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music. After working in management and training roles within the Wine and Telecommunications Industry, she channelled her skills and passions to work with people to reach their full potential..
Rebecca has case managed and supported families in the fields of Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Disability with individual and group therapies using a person centered approach. Rebecca strengths are building relationships, problem solving, team building, connecting and empowering families to work and engage with services by building on their strengths.
Wendy Tilyard – Senior Developmental Educator
Wendy has been working for Inclusive Directions since March 2016. She has two degrees in Education and has completed a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies with Distinction in 2015 at the University of Newcastle. Wendy majored in Aboriginal Education so at the beginning of her career she worked in small rural Aboriginal communities and schools as a teacher. Her passion stems from her personal experiences with her physical disability and the intellectual disability of her sister. Wendy enjoys watching children take that “aha moment” when they learn something for the first time and making sure all children with disabilities experience inclusion whether it be in school or out in the community.
Ravini Jayawardena – Senior Behaviour Therapist
Ravini holds a Degree in Psychology with First Class Honours and she has extensive experience working with children in the mental health sector.
She is passionate about her work and receives enormous personal satisfaction working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop and use strategies that help them overcome challenges. She believes that learning can be encouraged through effective motivation, the right encouragement, positive reinforcement and lots of fun.
Laura Lane – Team Leader ABA
Laura has a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science from the University of Adelaide as well as a Masters in Education (Special Education) from Flinders University, with a major in Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is now currently undergoing certification through Florida Institute of Technology where she aspires to be a leading advocate for the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in Australia. With over 3 years experience in ABA, specialising in home and group based early intervention programs, Laura’s interest areas include identifying replacement strategies for attention maintained problem behaviour and the use of Functional Communication Training. Her favourite part of the job is being able to share significant life changing moments with families
Helen Hauschild – Speech Pathologist
Helen is an outgoing, passionate and caring speech pathologist with extensive experience working with children in community, education and private practice across Adelaide. She has worked with children with spoken and written communication difficulties, as well as children with a range of different diagnoses, including children with Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Helen has a particular interest in working with families and children on the Autism Spectrum and is an Autism SA accredited diagnostician. She has also completed training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and key word sign. Helen has experience running intensive ‘What’s the Buzz’ groups and has developed and run a series of School Readiness groups for children commencing school.
Helen believes in the importance of establishing relationships with both parents and their children, and has a strong commitment to see every child achieve their full potential. Helen likes to bring fun and play into her sessions with her bubbly and friendly manner, allowing her to quickly establish rapport with the children and families she works with.
Andrew Crowden – Developmental Educator
Andrew started with Inclusive Directions as part of his University degree and brings a wealth of knowledge gained over ten years working in the field. Working part-time while completing his degree in Disability and Developmental Education, Andrew brings passion, commitment and humour to his work. He relates well to children and is jokingly known as the biggest kid at Inclusive Directions.
Andrew is qualified in PBS therapy, has previously conducted ABA therapy, was integral to setting up the Independent Directions social group and regularly takes part in all other social programs.
Nicholas Richter – Senior Therapist.
Nicholas has an honours degree in Psychology and Cert IV in Counselling and Community Services. Taking an interest in ASD in second year at Flinders University, he completed the Early Intensive Behaviour Intervention program and wrote his honours year thesis on children with ASD (which was co-supervised by Professor Robyn Young – the developer of the ABA Therapy program used at Inclusive Directions and around the world). Nicholas prides himself on his ability to adapt to the unique qualities of each child and loves seeing the progress and abilities that the children develop in their therapy. Further to specialising in ABA therapy, Nicholas also provides Support Work and Positive Behaviour Support.
Rose Hardy – Speech Pathologist
Originally from Millicent in country South Australia, Rose moved to Adelaide to complete her Bachelor in Speech Pathology.
Rose has over 3 years experience working with children with a range of communication and feeding difficulties. She has extensive experience using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles to assist children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rose has completed training on the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and has experience in developing and implementing mealtime programs.
Rose likes to use a combination of ABA and play-based therapy in her sessions to ensure her clients achieve their full potential. She is passionate about helping young people to achieve their goals and gain independence in their communication.
Jack Jercic – ABA Therapist
Jack has been working with children with disabilities in numerous capacities for over two years. He has worked on a number of client services with Inclusive Directions and has an enviable reputation when supporting our clients to date. Having tried a number of different career paths and university courses, Jack finally found his passion in the caring industries assisting children with intellectual disabilities and behaviours of concern. Jack is currently practising ABA Therapy as well as studying a Certificate IV in Disability, with a view to continue studying behaviour, disability and early intervention in the future.
Emsie de Klerk – Occupational Therapist
Emsie is a passionate and motivated therapist who strives to advocate for kids and assist them in realising and developing their full potential. She strongly believes in Dr. Stanley Greenspan’s words “all children have within them the potential to be great kids. It’s our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish.”
Emsie graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1995 with a bachelors in Occupational Therapy. Her passion and love for working with children started during her studies and she has been working in early services ever since. Emsie was fortunate enough to have spent a few years working in Ireland as well. She immigrated with her family to Australia in July 2017.
She has a special interest in attachment, trauma and floortime/DIR and enjoys the empowerment of parents and the understanding they get of their kids through being part of the therapy process.
Jake Manton – Occupational Therapist
Jake has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia. Jake has always had a strong passion for working with children which developed from his time at a local swimming pool. This passion has now translated into his work as an Occupational Therapist for ID.
Jake combines his passionate and driven nature with a hands on approach in each therapy session. His main driver is to assist a child and their caregiver to reach their own individual potential. Jake feels there is nothing more satisfying than when a child reaches their goal.
Jake has a special interest in the use of group programs as part of therapy along with how a different environment impacts a child’s behaviour.
Peter Hill – Dietitian and Counsellor
Peter is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with over 30 years experience and over 15 years of experience as a Registered Counsellor. He has over the last 10 years worked with children and families in both clinical and Child Care settings as a specialist early childhood Dietitian, with a focus on creating positive family and food relationships. He aims to support families to experience the joy of an open and creative relationship with food.
With compassion and creativity, Peter supports families into understanding their current eating habits and the development of achievable strategies to enhance their and their families enjoyment of food through fun activities and parent focused supported meal times. He uses a client centred approach that supports the creation of a safe supportive environment where food exploration and skill development can occur simultaneously. From this strengths based positive experience approach he believes that children are open to learning to feel safe when exploring their environment and challenging their expectations.
As a counsellor he brings a diverse range of counselling insights to help families to understand the complex interplay that significant life events have on our emotions, thoughts and behaviours and how this colours our beliefs and our sense of being. He believes that only when we have the capacity to reflect and support ourselves are we capable of supporting others. He is passionate about supporting people to connect with their passion and reach their full potential in all areas of their life.
Tom McGrath – Registered Music Therapist
Tom McGrath is a Registered Music Therapist from Adelaide. Originally trained as a session musician, Tom has performed in almost every continent to thousands of people. Whilst studying his undergraduate, Tom began to witness the therapeutic power of music and enrolled into units of psychology. From there, Tom travelled the seven seas performing on cruise ships in the house orchestra, before returning home to Adelaide.
Tom then went on to complete the Master of Music Therapy through the University of Melbourne, where he gained clinical experience in acute mental illness, special education, paediatric oncology and neuro-rehabilitation.
He now lives in Adelaide and works with a variety of young people with complex needs including neurodevelopmental disorders, at-risk adolescents, youth mental health and young people with profound and multiple disabilities.
Tom’s clinical expertise focuses on client-centered approaches and he enjoys collaborating with the people he works with to explore their creativity. Tom is well versed in musical improvisation, therapeutic song-writing methods and music for developmental learning. Additionally, Tom is continuing his professional development by training in Narrative Therapy through the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide.
Amidst his clinical work, Tom also has a strong passion for Hip Hop and has experience collaborating, song-writing and producing with young local artists.
Sam Daly – Senior Business Support Officer
Sam is a highly motivated and organised professional with 23 years’ experience in Office Management and Administration. She prides herself on her ability to deal with pressure and multitasks with a positive and flexible attitude. Sam strives to provide exceptional customer care at all times while maintaining a high level of quality work.
Sam’s passionate about providing a friendly and compassionate approach.
Emily Palm – ABA Therapist
Emily is originally from Murray Bridge and moved to Adelaide in 2011 to complete her studies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies in 2015. Emily has 3 years experience in disability, volunteering in an Autism specific child care centre before working as an ABA therapist. She is extremely passionate about ABA and loves seeing the progress her clients make in a short amount of time. She has experience working with children with highly challenging behaviours and assisting her clients in using more appropriate ways to express their feelings. One of the things Emily enjoys most about her work is seeing her non-verbal clients start using words and sharing this excitement with their families
Felcia Lau – Speech Pathologist
Felcia holds a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from Flinders University and a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the City University of Hong Kong. Felcia is originally from Hong Kong and fluent in multiple languages including English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Felcia has a particular passion for working with children with communication difficulties. Coming from a background of teaching young children music, she has extensive experience and different strategies of working and interacting with children, as well as to help them achieve their goals.
Felcia is an accredited clinician of LSVT LOUD therapy and a certified implementer of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She is also participating in research projects with the Speech Lab of The University of Hong Kong, to facilitate the mutual benefits between evidence-based clinical practice and research development.
Dave Lister – Occupational Therapist
Dave is an Occupational Therapist with practice experience in a wide variety of paediatric settings. He initially trained in outdoor recreation, before studying a bachelor of youth work and counselling. After working with children and youth for a decade he returned to complete his masters of Occupational Therapy.
Dave knows that child participation is so often reliant on their regulation. He prides himself on maintaining creative responses to complex situations, and has supported and journeyed with families who have experienced challenging times. In this he approaches parents and care givers as co-workers in the therapeutic work.
Danielle Stafford – Behaviour Therapist
After completing a Communications Degree in Adelaide in 1986, Danielle began her career in Disability Services 31 years ago in various roles, including residential care, supported employment and negotiating open workforce positions for people with disabilities. She then completed her Bachelor of Developmental Disabilities at Flinders Uni and moved north to Darwin. There she continued in the disability sector, as house supervisor for aboriginal adults with multiple disabilities, worked with Life. Be in It, and with the Down Syndrome Association teaching computer skills in homes and at schools. Branching out into the youth sector, Danielle moved to the YWCA as Coordinator of the Big Sister Mentoring programme and then left Australia to travel and work in South East Asia.
In Laos, she secured a position with the U.N. Volunteer Programme, running a Health Education and Drug Abuse training programme, followed by a short stint with Care Australia as a Human Resource Consultant. During her 6 years in Laos her first two children were born.
Danielle returned to Uni in 2009 to secure her Teaching qualification and then spent the next 6 years teaching in primary schools. In 2015 Danielle moved back to Adelaide with her family, and continued casual teaching. She has now returned to the disability sector as a Developmental Educator, and is very happy to be back working in her professional field, connected with families, youth and adults with disabilities.
Matthew Quattrocchi – ABA Therapist
Matthew is currently in his final year of a Bachelor in Behavioural Science (psychology) with a major in Neuroscience at Flinders University. Having being introduced to the world of behaviour as a Community Support Worker for children with ASD, Matthew has developed a passion for promoting positive behaviour with the children he has worked with.
Recently starting as an ABA therapist, Matthew is passionate about supporting his clients and families to achieve their developmental goals. His favourite aspect of ABA is the ability to track clients progress and use that information to determine the best approach for delivering the therapy
Abbie Lau – Senior ABA Therapist
Abbie has a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science from the University of South Australia and a Masters in Social Work from
Flinders University. After she graduated from the University of South Australia in 2010, she was trained as an Applied Behavioural Analysis
(ABA) therapist. She is experienced in working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental delays across
different settings including one-on-one therapy session, social group, ABA classroom and shadow support in school. She is highly passionate
about delivering effective evidence-based intervention for children in a fun and play-based setting.
Abbie enjoys working with children with special needs and taking pleasure in watching them grow with their full potentials. Her passion
is to assist individuals to generalize their new skills across theirhome, school and in the community.
Bethany Glanville – Support Coordinator /
Beth holds a graduate degree in Psychological Science from the University of South Australia, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies from Flinders University.
Beth developed a passion for working with children after volunteering for the Riding for the Disabled SA, and found joy in seeing their faces light up. She has a particular passion for helping families, and participants understand and implement their NDIS plans, and finds joy in teaching others to build their capacity in this. Beth has 3 year experience in disability, after first volunteering for Riding for the Disabled, she has trained and worked as an ABA therapist. Beth finds her most enjoyable work in seeing the children develop new skills, and be able to generalise these to their everyday lives.
Marcia Dean – Senior Behavioural Therapist
Marcia is a Developmental Educator and a graduate of Flinders University double degree in Disability Studies and Primary Education/Special Education. She has over 6 years’ experience working with children and adults with ASD, Intellectual Disability and learning difficulties in both classroom and community settings.
Marcia has a strong interest in Positive Behaviour Support and enjoys supporting families and carers to better understand behaviour. She has a passion for teaching and supporting individuals to develop social, emotional and functional skills so that they can reach their goals for improved relationships, community engagement and independence. She likes to use a combination of play and creative techniques to engage individuals in the learning process. The greatest joy in her day to day work is to see clients understand and celebrate who they are as individuals as they build skills to live their best life.
Artemis Synn – Psychologist
Artemis is a Registered Psychologist with a strong interest in, and lived experience of, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She has knowledge and experience in the assessment of cognition (e.g., intelligence, attention, processing speed, memory, and executive function) and in providing strategies to manage cognitive, behavioural, and social-emotional challenges in children and adults. She has a Bachelor of Psychology (honours) from Flinders University and a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University. Her research explored brain regions involved in social cognition by applying an ASD theory of mind paradigm to Fronto-Temporal Dementias.
Artemis takes a client-centred and biopsychosocial approach to understanding each individual’s strengths and challenges. She values early-intervention, lifelong support, and ongoing psychoeducation in fostering positive life outcomes. In particular, it is her passion and vision to educate individuals, families, schools, and healthcare workers around social, cognitive, and executive abilities — as most children receive no formal guidance with these skills despite the impact on everyday function.
Diana Morcom – Senior Clinical Psychologist
Ms Diana Morcom is a Clinical and Educational and Developmental Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working in government and educational settings as well as successfully managing her own private practice. She graduated from the University of South Australia with First Class Honours in 2005 and completed her Master of Psychology (Forensic) in 2008. Diana has specialised knowledge in assessment and therapeutic intervention with children and adults who have experienced chronic trauma due to her extensive experience in working within the child protection system. A certified diagnostician, Diana also has significant experience and interest in working with children, adults and their respective families with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is passionate about relationships and supporting families by working collaboratively with others to develop strategies for parenting, behavioural and educational concerns.
Diana utilises an eclectic range of modalities when working with families and is particularly skilled in cognitive behavioural therapy, attachment therapy, play therapy, mindfulness based therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.