Jocelyn Graham – Chief Executive Officer
Jocelyn has been Inclusive Directions’ CEO since 2014. Previously, she was General Manager Client Services, scosa, and she has held management positions at SA Ambulance and the City of Onkaparinga.
Jocelyn is passionate about inclusion and works closely with the Inclusive Directions team to expand the organisation’s capacity to support all people and advocate on their behalf.
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.
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.
Wendy Tilyard – Team Leader, Early Intervention
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.
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..
Donna Scott – Creative Arts Therapist
Donna has a Masters in Therapeutic Arts Practice from The MIECAT Institute in Melbourne and is a professional member of ANZATA. She completed an undergraduate degree in Linguistic and has worked interstate and internationally as a teacher and academic tutor for over ten years.
Now working as a Creative Arts Therapist and Arts Therapy trainer, she is specialising in working with children and adolescents. She was the Creative Arts Therapist at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has recently moved home to Adelaide with her family. She intends to pursue doctoral studies in 2018.
Laura McGill – 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 her coursework to obtain a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) 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
Andrew Crowden – Behaviour Therapist
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.
Resh (Vemel Ramasamy) – Senior Behaviour Therapist
Resh is eagerly waiting to graduate from a Masters of Disability Policy Practice in April this year. His research explored the experiences of adults with Intellectual Disabilities who identified as LGBTQIA in the mainstream community. Resh is currently pursuing a PhD expanding on his Masters’ research in conjunction with a Masters of Social Work. Resh also tutors casually at Flinders University.
Resh has worked in the disability and aged care sector for over 8 years. He employs a pragmatic and strengths-based approach to practice. He sees each and every individual as differently abled and inherently gifted. He values the importance of working in collaboration with families and stakeholders to achieve the best possible outcome for those he closely supports.
Resh also proudly identifies as a gay man. He believes the only way to celebrate diversity within society is to remain transparent and authentic. He also has lived experiences of ASD and speech difficulties. Some of his interests and passions include advocating for the LGBTQIA and disability community at the policy and practice level, supporting CALD individuals and their families, dancing and teaching professionally, hair and makeup, life coaching, mentoring and devoting his spare time to charity.
Rebecca Plummer – MSW | Support Coordinator
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 channeled 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. In addition to her role with Inclusive Directions; she tutors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in social work and psychology at the University of South Australia. Rebecca strengths are building relationships, problem solving, team building, connecting and empowering families to work and engage with services by building on their strengths.
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.
Verilee Evans – Therapist
Verilee has been working with Inclusive Directions since early 2016. Prior to working with ID, Verilee worked with children of all ages in various settings including education and behaviour support, and community and childcare services. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and is currently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology. She also has a Certificate III in Disability. Together with her strong knowledge of ASD, she has a passion for building supportive relationships with children and their families and assisting them to reach their full potential..
Jack Jercic – Client Services Coordinator
Jack has been working with children with disabilities for two years as a support worker. He has worked on a number of client services with Inclusive Directions and has an enviable reputation when supporting our clients to date. He is also a Client Services Coordinator for the community programs. 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 studying a Certificate IV in Disability with a view to continue studying behaviour therapy and early intervention in the future.
Helen Phanos – 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.