our Staff

About Us

Sunshine Learning Centre grew out of a passion for bettering the lives of children with autism and a desire to help each individual reach their full potential. Using a child centered approach to ABA therapy, we create programming that addresses each learner’s needs from a holistic perspective, ensuring that each child is able to learn and grow in a warm and supportive environment. There is nothing more important to us than your child’s success, and with our multi-disciplinary team, Sunshine Learning Centre is able to provide a comprehensive therapy program that helps support and enhance each student’s therapeutic experience.

meet our team

 

Dr. Amanda Morgan (Azarbehi)

Clinician in charge

Dr. Morgan has over a decade of experience working as a researcher and therapist within the field of Clinical Psychology providing assessment and intervention services to children, teens, and adults. Her areas of past and present academic research include: Childhood Developmental Delays, Early Intervention Programs for Children with Autism, Parenting Stress, and Dyadic (Couples) Coping. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of British Columbia (UBC), has trained at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Lovaas Autism Intervention Centre, and completed her doctorate degree at the University of New Brunswick. Also, Dr. Morgan completed a one-year internship at Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto as part of her clinical training. Prior to going into private practice, Dr. Morgan worked at the North York General Hospital’s (NYGH) Child Development Centre. As a psychologist on the NYGH team, Dr. Morgan worked on complex cases referred to her by pediatricians from across Toronto.

At present, in addition to her private practice work, Dr. Morgan works as a psychology professor at Tyndale University where she has founded TRACE – Tyndale’s Research in Autism and Community Education which offers seminars for parents and professionals, carries out research, and runs march break and summer camps for children with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Morgan is also a sought-after speaker and runs several workshops a month for a variety of provincial and federal agencies such as foster care, early intervention, school boards, and even parole boards.

Elisha Chesler

Director and Senior Therapist

Elisha Chesler has devoted the past fourteen years to supporting children with additional needs and their families. The majority of Elisha’s career has been as a Senior Therapist overseeing ABA programming under the direct supervision of clinical psychologists in the field. Elisha has numerous years of experience in designing and implementing successful ABA programs, creating support plans to address challenging behaviours, as well as helping children learn and develop social skills, self help skills, and community-based life skills. Elisha also has years of experience in the area of school advocacy and has counselled numerous families in ensuring access to support within the school system. Elisha is patient, passionate, and intensely devoted to every child she works with, and brings a unique and creative perspective to Sunshine’s ABA programming. Elisha holds a degree in Sociology from York University and is also PEERS® certified. At present Elisha is pursuing additional credentials towards the completion of her Masters of Applied Disability Studies and BCBA certification.

Catherine Scholz

Psychometrist

Catherine Scholz has been working with children in various settings for over two decades, starting in the field of Early Childhood Education before entering the field of ABA. Catherine is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) and also holds a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from Seneca College. In addition to these qualifications, Catherine is also a trained psychometrist and is responsible for the psychoeducational assessments that take place at Sunshine. With her unique background Catherine brings a welcome breadth of knowledge to her work here at Sunshine.

Krista Long

Lead Therapist

Krista Long brings to Sunshine over a decade of experience working with children and youth in sports and recreation, as well as in therapeutic settings. In addition to Krista’s Honours B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Krista has successfully completed necessary course work for her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification. Krista is also a certified Children’s Friendship Training (CFT) instructor and will be returning to school to complete a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis, with the goal of working towards her BCaBA certification. Krista is dedicated and enthusiastic and brings creative ideas to her work at Sunshine.

Get In Touch

Location:  504 Kingston Road West, Ajax, ON L1T 3A3

Telephone: 905-239-1270 

Email: INFO@SUNSHINELEARNINGCENTRE.COM