is a family Autism consultant currently serving families in Oregon, Washington and Australia. She has been in the field of autism since the early 1990’s, starting as an aide, behavior therapist, group home parent, teacher and autism consultant for ages 0 – 18 years. She volunteered with the Autism Society of Oregon for 7 years and was president of the board in 2010. In 2008, she started the Portland Autism Group for professionals, focused on ensuring best practice and resources for autism in our Portland community. Barbara was an active board member and secretary of the Autism Research and Resources of Oregon until late in 2011.
Barbara started her work in Santa Cruz, California and received her Bachelors of Science in child psychology before moving to Oregon for her Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities. She is trained in numerous approaches in serving children with Autism including Structured TEACCH, DIR/FloorTime, PRT, DT, the STAR program, Sensory Integration, and more. She has found her true motivation is in serving families using Relationship Development Intervention®. She has been a certified RDI® consultant for 6 years. She has worked for the county, public school system, a private therapy center and now owns her own consulting business: www.barbaraavilaconsulting.com.