ISADD’s HISTORY & FOUNDER
ISADD’s founder, and Principal Clinical Psychologist, Jura Tender, provides guidance to the ISADD group of companies to ensure best practice. She has over 30 years of experience in providing psychological, educational and behavioural intervention programs to people with ASD, Developmental Delay and Sensory Impairments. She has worked with several of the world’s leading experts in the field including the “father” of Applied Behavioural Analysis, the late Professor Lovass.
ISADD was established in 1994 in Perth. Western Australia by Jura Tender and Jennifer Bolland, and was the first provider to offer ABA based early intervention services in Australia, based on the Lovaas model, as both principals had studied under I.O. Lovaas. In 1999, at the invitation of parents, ISADD became the first private service provider to offer ABA based early intervention services in Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei, and has watched the awareness of Autism and its needs grow worldwide.
Today ISADD provides modern ABA, and is responsive to new evidence as it becomes available. ISADD also has expanded services to all age groups given the obvious need, and has established further bases in other countries.
Pioneer of Early Behavioural Intervention – Participant of Dr I. O. Lovaas’ Ground Breaking Young Autism Project (1987)
in University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Australia – 1994
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Singapore – 1994
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to New Zealand – 1996
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Brunei – 1998
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Lithuania – 2004
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Dubai – 2004
Pioneer in introducing ABA Early Intervention to Indonesia – 1997
The reason for ISADD’s continuing success in defeating Autism
• Adherence to evidence based approaches, and adjustment as new research findings dictate
• Programs are specifically designed, and based on a thorough initial psychological assessment, to meet the child’s individual needs
• The quality of training, support and supervision provided to Case Managers and Accredited Therapists
• Commitment to a policy of “Parents as Partners”, a family-centered approach
• Ongoing support to clients and families for as long as required
• The solid infrastructure that has been established across ISADD organization
ISADD bases its intervention strategies on the following concepts which are supported by thorough research data:
• Developmentally delayed children need to progress at a rate which will allow opportunity to “catch up” to the best of their individual abilities.
• Learning theory and behavioural methodology offers the most effective and efficient way to teach and to change behaviours. Discrete Trial Training presented at speed and with intensity (Lovaas style ABA) has been demonstrated to be the most effective form of intervention.
• Appropriate early intervention has made considerable inroads into the progress of disabilities such as Autism, with many gaining significant symptom relief. However it is never too late to start, as intervention will always help.
• It is never too late to learn and to change if the person is willing. CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a powerful change agent supported by data.
• People with ASD are visual thinkers and with visual supports they are able to learn more effectively.
• Social and family support is most helpful when striving to achieve change. For children this means the involvement of parents as partners.