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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.
Director, Senior Therapist, & Psychometrist
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 is PEERS® certified, and is also a trained psychometrist, administering testing for psychoeducational assessments. At present Elisha is pursuing additional credentials towards the completion of her Masters degree and BCBA certification.
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Location: 504 Kingston Road West, Ajax, ON L1T 3A3