Our Founder, Owner/Operator, and Deltona Center Director is Kate Sallade – an Autistic adult, Autism mom, and Autism and ABA advocate, Kate has worked in the ABA field since 2008 and has a passion for revolutionizing the industry by promoting self-advocacy, individuality, and wellness. Kate was awarded the Charles Kimber award by the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis in 2019 for her legislative advocacy that preventing massive cuts to Medicaid services in the state of Florida. Kate runs the company with passion and humility and is the primary crisis management, CPR, and first aid trainer for all staff, ensuring that she gets to know every employee across every location. Kate works in our locations 5 days a week and provides her direct email and phone number to families for anything they might need. Growing up in Deltona and working in Volusia County for all of her life, Kate has known some of the children that we serve for many years, even since birth. With experience working with clients from 2 to 65 years old, she approaches every case with a life-long outlook and advocates for individuality, independence, and happiness.
Rachel Mills MA, BCBA
Rachel Mills is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been working in the field for over 13 years with individuals ranging from 9 months to 65 years of age in clinics, schools, home based, and community settings. Rachel became interested in working in the field during her senior year of high school while working as nanny for three boys with Autism. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Central Florida and completed her certification coursework at Florida Institute of Technology. Rachel’s clinical experiences have included severe behaviors, early intervention, social skills, functional communication training, verbal behavior training, self-care skills, parent training, staff training, and functional analyses. She also has experience with conducting numerous assessments and curriculum such as VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, and PEAK. Rachel has passion for research and professional development and is dedicated to the use evidence-based practices and promoting effective and scientifically based procedures with her clients.
Her goal is to bring forth meaningful behavior change that increases the quality of life for the clients and their families. In her free time, Rachel is an avid reader, CrossFit enthusiast and enjoys coaching special needs cheerleading and spending time enjoying the Florida sun.