Resources for Parents


We’ve gathered a practical set of resources for families to help navigate you to best practice, evidence-based treatment for your child.

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A Day in the Life of an ECI

All of the clients with whom we work are so different; which means that the structure of the sessions are different based on the specific needs and goals for that specific child. Here is a snapshot of one type of session that involves following a schedule (to enhance predictability and compliance); teaching strategies embedded in developmentally appropriate, natural activities (to promote meaningful generalization); and a lot of parent participation. Why does the session look like this? Because the senior clinician (e.g., the BCBA) has determined – and the child’s performance has verified – that the structure and strategies incorporated into this session are the optimal methods to address this child’s treatment goals. Bottom line – No two sessions are alike.

Teaching Eye Contact

Many children with whom we work do not make consistent eye contact in social situations.  This is a significant impediment to learning and development.  At Coyne, we use a unique, research-based method to teach all of our children to spontaneously look and attend to caregivers.  This initial investment in teaching this key social skill yields huge rewards as the child works on advanced language and play skills during subsequent phases of intervention.

Matching to Sample

Typically-developing children learn to think and understand by making associations in the environment.  Things that “Match” or are the same become associated together.  Eventually words and labels become associated with objects and people, etc.  Deficits in attending may impede the development of this domain in some toddlers with delays.

Non-verbal Imitation

Imitation and Observational Learning are critical skills that enable children to learn play and language skills just from watching others.  That is why we prioritize the development of this skill early in the intervention process.

 Web Resources


Launch San Diego Regional Center

Launch Inland Regional Center

Launch Regional Center of Orange County

Launch Department of Developmental Services

Launch For Complaints and Appeals

Launch To Review results of Regional Center Mediation Conferences and Fair Hearings


Helpful Guides

Launch First 5 California: The Power of Play

Launch Developmental Milestones



Launch  National Foundation for Autism Research

Launch  Association for Science in Autism Treatment

Launch  Autism Science Foundation

Launch  Autism Speaks

Launch  Different Roads to Learning



Launch Coyne’s Notice of Privacy Practices – English

Launch Coyne’s Notice of Privacy Practices – Spanish

 Recommended Books

Early Childhood


Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
American Academy of Pediatrics



Touchpoints Birth to Three
Berry Brazelton and Joshua D. Sparrow



The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method
Alan Kazdin and Carlo Rotella



The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child
Alan Kazdin



Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
Rex Forehand and Nicholas Long


Autism Treatment


A Practical Guide to Autism
Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner



Right From the Start
Sandra Harris and Mary Jane Weiss



Let Me Hear Your Voice
Catherine Maurice



Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, Second Edition
Lynn McClannahan and Patricia Krantz



Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism
Mary Jane Weiss and Valbona Demiri