Autism Therapy in Portland


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The official screening tool to detect Autism Spectrum Disorder in children ages 16-30 months.

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Services We Offer in Portland

Map of Autism Learning Partners in Portland

Portland Location:

7800 SW Barbur Blvd
Building 2
Portland OR 97219

Accepted Insurance Plans at Autism Learning Partners Portland:

Cigna logo - ALP insurance option
Magellan Health logo - ALP insurance option
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Oregon Health Authority ALP insurance Option
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About Autism Learning Partners in Portland

Autism Learning Partners (formerly Pacific Child & Family Associates) began offering services to children with autism and other development disabilities, and their families, in 1988. The company was an early proponent of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and quickly adopted this clinical methodology as the cornerstone of its services to children and families. Autism Learning Partners now offers treatment services in many states across the US, collaborating with doctors, therapist, families, schools, and specialists for complete, effective care.

Our Mission

The mission of Autism Learning Partners is to provide the highest level of clinical expertise to facilitate significant and sustainable improvement for the individuals and families we serve.

Our Vision

Autism Learning Partners strives to give hope, support and paths of progress for children and their families living with Autism and related disorders. We believe that a tailored, comprehensive care plan managed by our exceptional clinical talent, partnered with love and commitment from the family, allows each child to achieve his or her maximum potential.

Meet Your Portland Team

A picture of Sarah Spofforth our Portland Associate Clinical Director

Sarah Spofforth M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Associate Clinical Director

Sarah has worked in the education sector as a behavior technician, researcher, education coordinator, family advocate, and Behavior Analyst. She applies her experience from these varied roles to best meet the needs of clients and staff alike. Sarah graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor's in psychology. She then went on to Touro University, California to earn a master's in special education, emphasis Autism, and a certificate in Transition to Adulthood. With over two decades of experience, Sarah demonstrates a commitment to compassionate and collaborative care to children, teens, and adults seeking ABA supports.

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Frequently Asked Questions in Portland

Yes, we do! We invite you to visit us at our Portland location:

7800 SW Barbur Blvd
Building 2
Portland OR 97219

We have curated a list of parent organizations and resources within the Portland area that may be helpful supplements to ABA therapy. Please note that this information is provided for informational purposes only and should not be misconducted as legal, medical, or any type of professional advice. Please independently research professionals and service providers carefully before making any decisions concerning your child.

Allies, LLC. – Respite, Attendant care, Transportation, Self Expressions Program

Arc of Oregon – Training and other educational opportunities, Community outreach groups and events, Public policy, Grassroots advocacy, Other innovative supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Autism Society of Oregon – Community activities/events, Advocacy groups, Training/webinars on a variety of helpful topics, Parents night out

Direction Service Counseling Center – Youth & Family Services, Counseling Center, Home of the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE – mediation, facilitation with school districts, access to advocates)

Kind Tree – In-person social groups/peer support groups, Summer (and other school district breaks) Camps, Community events, Advocacy groups

Lane County Developmental Disabilities Services – Access to case management, respite, and a variety of other state funded services; “to encourage individuals to exercise their independence, seek personal growth and development, enjoy meaningful relationships, and lead fulfilling lives”

Meadowood Springs Camp – “a camp specific to those with hearing, speech and language disorders as well as a camp centered around kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, NVLD, PDD-NOS and other social learning disorders, in Eastern Oregon”

National African American Autism Community Network – “Raises public awareness of autism spectrum disorders and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children, adults and the communities in which they live”

Oregon Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder – “Our main goal is to help autistic individuals and their families lead rich and fulfilling lives by providing more effective and efficient services and supports.  Another goal is to help improve processes and policies in areas that touch the lives of autistic individuals and their families, such as housing and the criminal justice system.”

Oregon Department of Education ASD Information – Descriptions and information on the school district supports, policies, and procedural safeguards for individuals with Autism

Oregon Technical Assistance Program – “teaches practical skills for supporting people who experience disabilities with the dignity and respect they deserve” via team training, public events training, professional mentoring, and online training

Project DART – “a group of advocates and volunteers joining together to provide direct services to people with disabilities in the Portland Tri-County area”

Smart Living, Learning, & Earning with Autism – “comprehensive program of autism-specific direct supports, skills and social training, and use of self-management technology is carefully designed to foster sustained personal growth and self-confidence across three pivotal adult transition areas: (1) Independent living, (2) Higher education, and (3) Career exploration and meaningful employment.”

University of Oregon Autism History Project – Highlights the history of Autism and positive acceptance of Autism through art

Therapy sessions might take place in your home or community, depending on what the ALP Clinical team recommends. Each session, a Behavior Technician will work one-on-one with your child, targeting individualized goals embedded into fun and functional activities. Sessions can last 2-4 hours depending on your child’s needs. Parent training is always a part of the treatment plan, as we want you to have that support.

We use evidence based behavior analytic techniques. The specific techniques implemented by the ALP Clinical team are entirely dependent on your child and the goals identified during the assessment. Your Clinical Supervisor will discuss the techniques more during the assessment. It’s important to our clinical teams that the right techniques are selected for your child. There are no one size fits all.

The goal of any ABA program is to help your child work on skills that will help them become more independent and successful. Your team will break down each of your child’s goals into small, concrete steps. The Behavior Technician teaches each step one by one, from simple (i.e. imitating single sounds) to more complex (i.e. carrying on a conversation). ABA therapy can help to improve a wide range of skills including language, communication, attention, daily living skills, and social skills.

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