Our Team

    • Elizabeth Ponce Barboza
      RDI® Program Certified Consultant
      Special Educator

      Elizabeth comes to Autism Connections from a Special Education background. Elizabeth has worked as a teacher, lecturer and also as a Tertiary Supervisor for teachers and special educators in training, specialising in ASD.

       

      Service areas:

      56 Billa Rd Bangor 2234 and home visits in the South West area, metropolitan Sydney and in the ACT.

    • Jo Fokkes
      RDI® Program Certified Consultant
      Speech Pathologist

      Jo has many years experience working as a Speech Pathologist.  In the past she has held lecturing positions in Speech Pathology and has been the leader of a disability therapy team within the State Government.

       

      Service areas:

      Clinic in Lane Cove 2066 and sees RDI distance families in other states as well as regional NSW.

    • Lynne Bullen
      RDI® Program Certified Consultant
      Occupational Therapist

      Lynne has been working as a paediatric occupational therapist for over 20 years. Approximately half of the families she has worked with have had a child or children with an autism spectrum disorder.

       

      Service areas:

      Home, preschool and school visits in The Hills, Blacktown, Parramatta and Merrylands areas of Sydney.

    • Amanda MacBride
      RDI® Program Certified Consultant

      Amanda first began working with children on the autism spectrum in 2000 while working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During this time her experiences were through ABA in school, clinic and home settings.

       

      Service areas:

      Perth and regional Western Australia.

    • Emily Bagaric
      RDI® Program Certified Consultant
      Special Educator

      It is Emily’s strong belief that learning is a life-long holistic process and with her background in special education, she feels incredibly fortunate to have discovered RDI, it embodies her philosophy of a family centred approach.

       

      Service areas:

      Regional areas in Victoria, particularly the Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire, Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas.

    • Irena Woodward
      Occupational Therapist

      Irena is an Occupational Therapist who has been working with children since graduating from The University of Sydney in 2003.

       

      Service areas:

      Clinic at 56 Billa Rd, Bangor 2234 and school and preschool visits as needed.

    • Helen Tsamoulos
      Registered Psychologist

      Helen is a Registered Psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has been providing assessment and counselling services to children, families and adults for over 16 years.

       

      Service areas:

      255 Rocky Point Rd, Sans Souci 2219 and home, school and preschool visits in surrounding area of Southern Sydney.

    • Alissa Gargano
      RDI® Program Consultant in Training
      Speech Pathologist

      Alissa is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with a special interest in supporting communication of children of all ages and abilities. Alissa comes to Autism Connections as an RDI Consultant in Training (CIT).

       

      Service areas:

      Sydney CBD and inner suburbs.  Distance services throughout Australia and overseas.

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    • Roslyn Thorpe
      RDI®Program Certified Consultant
      Occupational Therapist

      Roslyn has spent over 20 years as an occupational therapist pursuing her passion for working with children who experience developmental challenges. She is dedicated to continually updating and developing her skills …

       

      Service Areas:

      Mobile service across northern and eastern suburbs of Sydney and northern beaches.