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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Natural Environment Teaching (NET)

Typically-developing children acquire new language skills in a wide variety of natural situations, such as during play or mealtimes.  Skilled parents and caregivers teach children in a natural manner, taking advantage a child’s momentary interests or desires.  We call these opportunities “child-directed” or “child-led.”  Researchers have identified critical elements of these natural teaching opportunities and at Coyne & Associates, we systematically utilize NET to promote verbal skills.  It looks like play, but there is a lot of teaching going on in this clip!


Becoming a “Listener”

In contrast to NET, sometimes children with whom we work require us to “deconstruct” the skill, and then teach it in small, incremental stages. If you watch this entire video clip, you will see how the instructor teaches the child to identify common objects over the course of many discrete steps: the imitation step, mirror field; imitation step, non-mirror field; matching three nonverbal sounds to corresponding objects; discrimination of one spoken word and two nonverbal sounds; discrimination of two spoken words and one nonverbal sound; discrimination of three spoken words. (And look at the great eye contact of the learner, the first skill we taught!!)

 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 New Parent Packet



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


Our Quality

2018 Parent Survey Data

N = 123 families

In 2018, on a scale of 1-4, Coyne Families Rated their Program Supervisor:

  • Punctuality: 3.88
  • Communication Skills: 3.80
  • Organizational Skills: 3.80
  • Professionalism: 3.84
  • Parent Support/Consultation: 3.89
  • Overall Judgment & Performance: 3.86

In 2018, on a scale of 1-4, Coyne Families Rated their Early Childhood Instructors:

  • Punctuality: 3.87
  • Communication Skills: 3.88
  • Organizational Skills: 3.84
  • Parent Training: 3.76
  • Professionalism: 3.85
  • Ability to Keep Child Learning and Engaged: 3.79
  • Ability to Effectively Manage Problem Behavior: 3.73

In 2018, on a scale of 1-4, Coyne Families Rated their Scheduling:

  • Notification of Weekly Schedule: 3.94
  • Communication About Changes to Session Days/Times: 3.88
  • Communication About Staffing Changes: 3.88

In 2018, on a scale of 1-4, Coyne Families Rated the Overall Quality of the Program:

  • Overall Quality of Coyne Program: 3.81

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