The Joy of Learning Centre was established in 2007 by founder Debbie Doherty. We are a learning Centre that offers individualized full-day and half-day programs that are Ministry approved for ABA/EIBI services. Our clients range in age from 2 years old to 13. Our services support a range of exceptionalities including communication disordersdevelopmental delays and autism spectrum disorders.

Open Monday – Friday, in the beautiful setting of Bronte Creek Provincial Park our Centre offers children the opportunity to engage in natural environment learning and a greater opportunity to generalize the skills they learn in a safe and healthy environment. Hiking, nature walks, visiting the farm learning about the animals in the barn, swimming in summer are just a few of the positive learning, innovative teaching modules that our Centre focuses on.


At the Joy of Learning Centre our focus is on early learning for improved communication and language, behavioural, social and academic skills. We are committed to providing our children with the tools and knowledge to experience confidence, success and joy.

We experience success when we hear children who previously had no language learning to communicate their needs verbally or through a functional form of communication such as Picture Exchange, iPad, or sign. At the Joy of Learning Centre, we adopt a consent-based practice of ABA, whereby we follow the natural interest of the child and design each program based on the needs of the individual. Our goal is to make their world a bigger place.

To ensure transitions between home and therapy is consistent, family/provider involvement is an integral part of your child’s therapy. We provide regular parent/guardian training, deliver regular updates, recommend program observations, as well as programs for use in the home.


Each program at the Joy of Learning Centre is evidence based and delivered in a fun and motivating way. We provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with a focus on Verbal Behaviour. ABA is a field within psychology that has been researched as a scientific approach to effecting positive behaviour change with many applications in human resources, business, sports performance, as well as in special education. Combined with a model of Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) these principles have been used worldwide.

1-to-1 Program

Students participating in this Ministry approved program will benefit from an intensive therapy delivered by a skilled instructional therapist. Each individual program plan will be developed by an experienced senior therapist to obtain the utmost success. The clinical supervisor will oversee the programs to ensure developmental milestones are being reached and maintained.

Small Group Program

Students participating in this program will follow a modified Ontario curriculum, with more emphasis on social skills and academic subjects. Direct Instruction techniques are also implemented to aid in the overall program success.

Supportive School Environments

We provide enhanced service between schools and therapy. The JOLC therapists were some of the first allowed into schools to give one-to-one support to our students. We also provide opportunities for support services to come in and observe our students while working with their therapists.


Our Regular programming runs from September to June, and Summer programming in July and August. We have a running registration throughout the year. For more information about fees and availability, please email info@jolc.ca

Our Place

Our Staff

Our highly trained instructor therapists at the Joy of Learning Centre are all University graduates with additional training or certification from Geneva Centre, Verbal Behaviour or Autism and Behavioural Science. They are here because of their amazing passion and dedication toward helping every child who enters our doorway. The exceptionally qualified and Ministry approved Clinical Psychologist Dr. Christina Ricciuti Ph.D., C. Psych., specializing in paediatric disorders, regularly reviews the progress and development of the students and the overall program. Our consulting board certified behaviour analysts (BCBA) oversee programming needs and provide training and supervision for all therapists.

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you!

Email: info@jolc.ca

Phone: 905-847-2938

Driving Directions: Enter Bronte Creek Provincial Park from Burloak Dr. Proceed past the gate house and take first LEFT to Parking Lot A. Walk NORTH (Left) to Tyrell House

We are currently accepting new enrollments in both our 1:1 and small group programs. For more information or to book a tour, please contact info@jolc.ca