Is there community help available to families?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Peggy Halliday from the Virginia Institute of Autism discusses options within the community for dealing with autism.

    Peggy Halliday

    Peggy Halliday is a board certified associate behavior analyst who has specialized in autism education for the past ten years. She is the Director of Outreach Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) in Charlottesville, VA. VIA is a non-profit organization which provides a day school and other resources for families, educators, and other professionals seeking services, training or information about autism and evidence-based interventions. The Institute operates a year-round school for students ages 2-22, a 700-volume library, training workshops, internships for undergraduate and graduate students and teachers, and customized trainings for schools. Peggy supervises a wide range of outreach services, including development and supervision of comprehensive, home-based early intervention programs incorporating naturalistic, incidental, and structured teaching using the principles of applied behavior analysis; training for parents and home instructors; skills assessments, functional behavior assessments and intervention plans, and consultation on Individual Education Plan goals. She has presented trainings and workshops at state and national conferences.

    Host: Is there community help available to families?

    Peggy Halliday: There is and in fact the individuals with disabilities act has -- requires that there be Statewide services available and so, every State has an Early Intervention Agency which offers assessments and some kinds of therapies for children on the Autism Spectrum as well. Before the age of three you would seek your local Early Intervention Agency to do this, after the age of three you would look at your Public School Division.