This move will allow Sunbeam’s Brightside ABA services to reach hundreds of children and youth each year.

KITCHENER, ON | February 28, 2024 —  Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services is excited to announce that its Brightside ABA Services, will be expanding to a new site at The Family Centre effective March 1. 

These services include ABA therapy and associated clinical services such as children’s psychiatry, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and more. The expansion is a strategic effort to consolidate aligned clinical services for developing skills to increase positive behaviours, providing an integrated hub offering comprehensive supports under one roof. 

“Sunbeam’s program of integrated ABA services at The Family Centre will be the first of its kind, offering individuals and families a comprehensive and collaborative one-stop-shop approach to clinical services in Waterloo region,” says Brian Swainson, CEO, of Sunbeam Community and Developmental Services. 

“There is enormous demand for ABA services in the community and our organization is devoted to ensuring that children, individuals and families receive the highest quality of services and support close to home. This expansion will further our commitment to quality, innovation and service by simplifying access through consolidated programming and reduced local wait times for ABA services.” 

“Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region is thrilled that Sunbeam chose to move their Brightside ABA Services into the Family Centre. We have a long-standing partnership with Sunbeam, and we will continue to nurture our collaboration to provide children, youth, and families in Waterloo region with the services they need” says Executive Director, Sonia Dennis.

Sunbeam serves more than 14,000 individuals and their families on an annual basis. Expanding services to The Family Centre will allow Sunbeam to serve more families in the community. 

In addition to expanding its comprehensive Brightside ABA Services program, Sunbeam will leverage its new presence at The Family Centre to support its Urgent Response Program through the Ontario Autism Program. 

This expansion will see Sunbeam’s two Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA’s) overseeing and supporting its programming, playing a key role in developing and implementing individualized behavioral plans. 

“Our role is to ensure the delivery of evidence-based therapies and interventions, tailored to the unique needs of the individuals we serve,” says Erin Davis, BCBA. “I am thrilled to be a part of this innovative program to enable comprehensive behavioural plans that help our clients to thrive, and to better support their families.” 

Sunbeam’s expanded ABA Services will launch at The Family Centre on March 1st


Sunbeam Community & Developmental Services creates inclusive communities where people of all abilities are valued. Sunbeam has been operating for more than 65 years, serving more than 14,000 individuals and families across Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Dufferin Country, Peel Region, Halton Region, York Region and Simcoe County. The organization offers residential, overnight respite, day program and clinical services, as well as professional services and other supports through Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre and is also the host agency for Developmental Services Ontario-Central West Region. Sunbeam services and supports individuals of all ages living with a developmental disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder.