About Us

Barbara Avila, M.S. is the author of the book, Seeing Autism: Connection Through Understanding. She is the owner and primary autism consultant at Synergy Autism Center.  With over 30 years of experience in the autism field, she specializes in understanding autism spectrum processing and coaching parents, caregivers, and community members to become better guides for autistic individuals. She offers her services online and in person to allow communities across the globe to access her support and guidance.

In addition to her extensive experiences with all ages and abilities of autistic individuals within their communities, Barbara holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Masters degree in developmental disabilities.  She held RDI certification from 2005-2018, is Level 1 Gottman trained, and holds her certificate in life coaching.

She has worked as a consultant to a plethora of community agencies including legal teams, group homes, school districts and more. She has experience as a teacher, international trainer, behavior specialist, group-home parent, and has volunteered including board positions with many organizations, including the Autism Society of Oregon, Fidgetech, Autism Research and Resources of Oregon, and Autism Service Dogs of America.  

In Barbara’s downtime, she enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest and all it has to offer from hiking to kayaking. She is very close to her family including her son who recently moved to New York City to pursue his education in the arts, her parents and aunt who are native Californians. 


Jonathan Chase - Colleague, Friend, and Advocate

Typically, Jonathan manages the Synergy office including scheduling and new client intakes, however he has currently shifted his attention to social justice issues occurring in our Portland Metro.  He is currently taking a hiatus from the Synergy work, so please contact Barbara directly (barbara@synergyautismcenter.com). Jonathan is a professional musician, autism/autistic advocate, author, and works as a public speaker and one-on-one mentor to teens and young adults on the spectrum.




Debbie Gobel - Colleague, friend, client-family

When we are not in a pandemic, Debbie assists with filing, managing documents, and general office support.


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