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.
Laura Lane – Child Development Specialist
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
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.
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.
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.
Helen Hauschild – Team Leader Allied Health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Alannah Berry – Community Service Coordinator
With Diplomas in Business Administration, Management and Leadership, Alannah Berry has come to us after working as a Business Administrator and Personal Assistant in the private sector.
Alannah began working at Inclusive Directions as she wanted to work in an organisation that “makes a difference”. In her day to day here at Inclusive Directions, Alannah coordinates our support staff and creates our community programs, so we can continue to provide the best services for your family. Alannah’s favourite moment is hearing our clients say they “had the best time ever!!” at the programs she helped to create.
Emma Mcullough – Masters Art Student | Social Worker
Emma is a qualified Social Worker with extensive experience working with children and adolescents in the education sector, disadvantaged youth and supporting children with behavioural challenges. Her work entailed developing and maintaining strong connections with the families to improve consistency and outcomes for the individuals I support. She is a strong believer in young people being provided with the right opportunities and resources to enable them to achieve success in their education and future ambitions.
Emma is currently in the final semester of her Masters of Mental Health in Art Therapy. She is highly passionate about this field and believes art is a powerful vehicle for self-exploration, self-discovery and addressing well-being needs and behaviours. Emma enjoys working from a strengths-based perspective and the favourite part of her role is empowering individuals and seeing them achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.
Kirsty Rismondo – Client Support Officer
Kirsty has over 15 years of administrative experience with a very strong customer service focus. She prides herself in delivering high quality business support to all our clients and families and loves to make them feel welcome and comfortable when they walk through our doors.
Kirsty especially enjoys meeting and working with all the children that visit our centres. Her goal is to finish studying Health Science and one day join the Occupational Therapy team.
Kristen Walker – Positive Behaviour Support
Kristen has a Double Degree in Psychological Science and Social Science (Human Services) from the University of South Australia and has been working in the Human Services field since 2011. Her background includes child protection, youth homelessness, disengaged youth in Education and coaching/mentoring staff around working with vulnerable children in a child care setting.
Moving to Inclusive Directions has been a slight career change for Kristen, however, she is relishing in the new challenges presented to her, and finds working with vulnerable families and children a real passion.
Kristen is passionate about advocating for young people and empowering families. Kristen believes she can learn just as much from a family, as they can from her as a Practitioner. The efficacy on therapy is based on mutual respect and understanding from both parties. When families allow me into their home, and into their lives, we can begin to work toward a mutual goal.
Ellen Jolly – Occupational Therapist
Ellen is an experienced occupational therapist who is passionate about supporting children to be independent, confident and thrive in every day life. Ellen graduated from The University of South Australia in 2014 and has since been working in the paediatric field. She has worked across private practice, community and school-based settings and previously worked as a support worker for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having a brother diagnosed with Autism, Ellen has a compassionate approach to therapy and truly values the importance of collaboration with parents/caregivers in working towards therapeutic goals. Her outgoing nature allows her to build strong relationships with children and their families, in a setting that is energetic and fun. Ellen is enthusiastic about supporting children to achieve their goals around self-care, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, emotional development and sensory processing.
Peta Baker – Positive Behaviour Support
Peta has a foundation in Behavioural Science through Charles Darwin University and extensive experience in implementation of Positive Behavioural Plans. Having lived in the Murraylands for the last 15 years, she has sound knowledge of the area’s infrastructure and is comfortable travelling between the region’s various locations.
With several years’ experience in diversified community support, Peta has a shared understanding of challenging behaviours – within home and school environments. Supporting families has also become a strong motivator for Peta, believing that increased quality of life is possible with professional support and access to, successful behaviour outcomes.
In addition to her academic background in behaviour, Peta has insight developed through personal and professional experiences, and supports the significance of every family’s journey with their unique expressions, talents and strengths each person brings with them. Advocacy is a further topic of significant importance to Peta, with her commitment to promoting the strength of expert support for families, especially in recent times as the transitions of the NDIS are put into action.
Leigh McGill – ABA Therapist
Leigh’s career in disability support began over 10 years ago when working for DECD, facilitating swimming and water safety programs for primary school students with disabilities. Over the course of his time in this role, he became increasingly interested in and passionate about supporting the development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This led him to begin working as an Education Support Officer at a primary school. During the six years in this role, he undertook extensive training in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia support, which led to facilitating early intervention programs for Dyslexia, as well as multiple “What’s the Buzz?” social skills groups with great success.
Leigh is now undertaking his Registered Behaviour Technician training to pursue a career further in ABA. Leigh prides himself on the caring, supportive and trusting relationships he has built with students, families and co-workers throughout his career so far and is known for being a positive role model and advocate for social justice, inclusion and respect.