Our Philosophy

ISADD bases its intervention strategies on the following concepts which are supported by thorough research data:

Services Provided

  • ISADD offers a range of in-depth assessments and differential diagnoses to establish an accurate level of functioning. From these assessments we provide recommendations for specific strategies to work towards developmental, educational and behavioural goals.
  • From there we will assign a Case Manager to establish an intensive, individualized program aimed at the goals outlined in our recommendations.
  • Intensive personal workshops are available for country, interstate and overseas children. ISADD have a team of trained hands-on staff who provide therapy and work directly with the child in the child’s natural environment (home, school or daycare).
  • Consultation to assist with decision-making for the effective management and education of school age children, and liaison with teachers and carers as required. Our team provide individual parent counselling and support via one- to- one meetings and participation in parent groups.
  • Where needed, we will refer to, and liaise with, other services to help create the best learning environment.

Our Team

Isabella O’Donovan
CEO/Program Manager

Isabella has been working in the field of autism and disability since 2001.  In 2008 she joined the ISADD team in Perth as a Program Manager, overseeing early intervention programs and providing support for Case Managers. Isabella acts as Program Manager for Lithuania.

Jura Tender
Senior Clinical Psychologist
ISADD Director

Jura is a clinical psychologist who has a wealth of experience delivering services to persons with developmental disabilities, and in particular, autism spectrum disorders. A life-long exponent of Applied Behaviour Analysis, she is a pioneer of the approach in Australia, and was also instrumental in introducing ABA for Autism in Indonesia. In the 1980s, Jura was invited by I. O. Lovaas to participate in his ground-breaking Young Autism Project at the University of California at Los Angles (UCLA) and in Perth in 1994, together with Jennifer Bolland founded ISADD, Australia’s first dedicated provider of ABA treatment for Autism. Through regular attendance at International Conferences and review of the scientific literature, Jura has ensured that ISADD remains at the forefront of evidence-based service delivery.

Daryl Cooper
ISADD Director

Daryl is a psychologist with broad experience across the fields of disability, education and clinical work. He has held both clinical and administrative positions in State and Commonwealth service agencies and in tertiary education. Another long-time proponent of Applied Behaviour Analysis, he was a founding member of the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Behaviour Modification Association (now AACBT) in the early 1980s. He has been associated with ISADD since its inception, serving for many years as Executive Coordinator.  Daryl’s focus as a director is ensuring that ISADD continues to offer cost-effective, family focussed and state of the art intervention.

Bill Davey
Administration Manager

Since joining ISADD in 1998, Bill has overseen the daily Administration of ISADD and continues to keep the organisation functioning smoothly behind the scenes.

ISADD - Meet our staff
Linda Thomas
Office Administrator
Robyn O’Byrne
Accounts Admin

Since joining ISADD in 1999, Robyn has been a Therapist and Case Manager along with a Program Manager for Singapore. She has also played an integral role in short-term intensive programs. Robyn now carries out administrative duties.

Your Local Intervention Team

Victoria

Laura Holmes – Program Manager


Adelaide

Rebecca Robinson – Case Manager


Port Lincoln

Lisa Wendland – Case Manager