Phyllis Coyne has an M.S. in recreation and park management, has been an autism specialist with Columbia Regional Program, Autism Spectrum Disorder Services for 20 years. During this time, she has trained and consulted with thousands of staff and parents in effective techniques for supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Previous to being an Autism Specialist and special education teacher, Phyllis worked in inclusive outdoor adventure recreation, coordinated a model demonstration project on recreation for adolescents with developmental disabilities, and was a therapeutic recreation consultant in North Carolina and Oregon. She has served on the board of directors of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, the editorial board of the Journal of Leisurability, and the leisure committee of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (TASH).