Barbara Avila provides a behavioral, developmental, and relationship based model for individuals and their families. Barb focuses on guiding parents to be primary interventionists for their children (parent-mediated intervention) whenever possible to improve the families' lives now and in the future. Autistic individuals can find understanding and coaching for personal goals in health, friendship, love, and/or employment. Barb targets the process of learning, thinking, and interacting within our dynamic environment using current developmental and evidence based research for long term change and quality of life.
"People with autism, or autistic people of any age, are often more capable than we allow them to demonstrate--until we provide the right ingredients for them to thrive." - Barbara Avila
Synergy Autism Center offers support to parents, professionals, and individuals on the autism spectrum of all ages and abilities. We are located in SW Portland and see clients locally, but we also assist clients from all over the world through video conferencing.
Barbara Avila is an autism specialist, counselor, trainer, and consultant with over 30 years of experience in the autism field. With Barbara’s expertise in autism and your expertise in yourself and/or your child, we will figure out the path forward.
We tailor our services to each family and do not use a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with individuals and families of every configuration and living situation. In most cases, sessions occur every two weeks, but we’ll determine this during your intake meeting.
Parent coaching and consulting can help you better understand your child and how to support them. We can offer tools, resources, and new ideas so you are equipped to be the best guide you can be. Whether you’re planning for independence, working on social goals, or dealing with challenging behaviors, we can help.
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Individuals on spectrum
Barbara doesn’t routinely have one-on-one sessions with individuals under the age of thirteen. However, Barbara will sometimes meet with them to better understand their processing strengths and challenges. Barbara’s focus is generally on parent support and guidance.
Teens often want independence and their own relationship with their coach or therapist. Barbara often meets one-on-one with teen clients, and sessions generally alternate between parent and teen sessions to provide support for the whole family, and to ensure successful communication at home.
For adults who live at home with their parents, services usually look similar to those for teens, alternating between parent and individual sessions. For independent adults, or those who don’t want parental involvement, one-on-one sessions can focus on self-understanding and working toward personal goals.
Our consultation services can help answer questions about autism, give feedback on a case, or provide analysis and reports on a client. Services can include one-time consultations, long-term team support, and expert witness testimony in legal cases involving autism.
Staff training can help a team, large or small, improve their understanding and ability to support people on the autism spectrum.