school for children with autism

Amber Boychuk

Instructor Therapist

Growing up I always knew that I wanted to work with children. I always thought I would be a kindergarten/primary teacher. When my younger cousin was diagnosed with Autism in 2006 I knew right then that I wanted to work in the field of developmental disabilities to assist those who needed a little extra help.

When my cousin began his IBI therapy I took an interest to it right away. Watching how his therapists became a part of their family and what a difference they made in his life was truly amazing. I knew I wanted to be able to do that for someone else’s family.

I began my education at Fanshawe College where I completed the Developmental Service Worker program. After graduating in 2012 I took a year off to be a live in nanny for a family of three young children. One of the children had a severe mental and physical disability called Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. After a year of in home work I wanted to go back to school to continue my education in the field of Autism. In 2014 I graduated with Honours from the Autism and Behavioural Sciences Post-Grad program at Niagara College.

After graduating from the Autism and Behavioural Sciences program I began my journey in the world of autism therapy. For two years I did in home IBI therapy and I loved every minute of it.  I learned so much from working with all different kinds of children and families. However, I knew that I wanted to do something more, and that`s when I came across the Lighthouse Learning and Development Centre.

After hearing and reading about The Lighthouse Learning and Development Centre I knew that this was the place where my passion for these children and my education would reach its full potential. I am so excited to a part of this amazingly dedicated and passionate team of individuals.