South Florida Center for Behavioral Health specializes in behavioral consulting and therapy services for children and adolescents with Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and other Developmental Disorders. We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been shown through research to be a highly effective treatment. Some of our services include teaching verbal behavior, social skills, independent living skills, and problem behavior reduction. We provide clinic-based therapy as well as community-based services.
We know that disabilities do not only affect the individual, but rather the entire family. All of our services are person-centered and family-centered. We offer parent training, school consultation, and IEP development, sibling therapy groups, and family unit support.
South Florida Center for Behavioral Health is locally owned and operated. We take pride in offering services to our community and work hard to accommodate the individual needs of our families.
South Florida Center for Behavioral Health was founded by Michelle Castanos, in Jacksonville, Fl., in 2007, under the name Peace of Mind Jax.
Michelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who resides in Miami, FL. She received a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education from the University of North Florida. Her work in ABA was inspired by her cousin, Miguel, who was diagnosed with ASD in 1997. She started working as a behavior assistant in 2004, at the age of 18. By 2007, she opened Peace of Mind Jax, a behavior-based babysitting company for children with Autism. Today that company has evolved into our full pediatric ABA center, in Miami, FL.
Michelle has a wide variety of experience ranging from direct work to clinical supervisor and program development. She is one of the founders of Project Thrive, the first post-secondary college support program for degree-seeking students with ASD in Florida, located at the University of North Florida. She is also one of the founders and current president of the South Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (SOFABA), a chapter of FABA.