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Synergy Autism Center

Barbara Avila, M.S. 

Autistic individuals thrive on connection just like all human beings. The key is to see and engage with their unique way of processing information.


Meet Barb

With over 30 years of experience in the autism field, Barb meets you and your team where you are in understanding autism, challenging behaviors, and/or how to build meaningful relationships with those on the autism spectrum. She believes in inclusion over segregation, relationships over compliance, and presuming competence over compensation. Her trainings, workshops, and family guidance all reflect these tenets and more.


While the root word of "autism" means "self", the name "Synergy" describes mutually beneficial collaborations of distinct participants or elements. It is the mission of the Synergy Autism Center to bring people together to understand and appreciate autistic processing while learning to integrate and ensure relationships with autistic individuals.


Unique Sessions

Synergy uses dynamic approaches to work with individuals. partners, parents and caregivers to find understanding and coaching toward personalized goals.  



We are currently updating our online workshop series. We have 2 remaining for the 2023 year. Please stay tuned as we create fabulous options for people wanting to connect and learn more.



Additional education or group trainings led in person or virtually. Trainings are personalized for your team or group.



Small-group consultations and community for parents of Autistics. We offer several groups for parents based on the age range of their children.

Seeing Autism 


In this book, you will find insight into the autistic mind along with essentials to build relationships. I extend the invitation to get to know autism at a new level. You will learn that it is through seeing autism that you can form bonds. We all wish to be truly seen by those we love, who guide us and nourish us. All of my recommendations are based on current neuroscience studies, developmental research, evidence-based practices, discussions with adults on the autism spectrum, and my thirty-plus years of experience. I have been blessed to have befriended, worked with, and guided more people than I can count who have autism or some variation of it. I am uniquely positioned with my advanced degree in early development and my extensive experience with autistics of all ages to bring to you this guide for establishing the foundations of social engagement for those on the autism spectrum. My wish for you is to better understand autism processing so that you, too, can see the beauty of autism within someone you know.

With gratitude,

Barbara Avila

What People Are Saying

“The most balanced, insightful, encouraging and inspiring book I have read on Autism. I can’t wait to share its actionable advice with our son, family, friends and support team. This book is a game changer. Finally a book that truly understands people with Autism and shows us how we can empower them to advocate for themselves at any age and developmental stage.”

-Corinna Gilligan, Mother and Business Owner

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