Can families implement early intervention in their homes?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Peggy Halliday from the Virginia Institute of Autism discusses options of early intervention for children 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: Can families implement Early Intervention in their homes?

    Peggy Halliday: Absolutely, intervention may be provided in preschool setting or a public school setting or a private school setting like here at Virginia Institute of Autism or in the home and in many cases, it's most appropriate for these interventions to be taking place in a child s own home, especially if they are very young.

    Parents need training and support and then can learn to be very good at implementing these Behavioral Therapies on their own or with support. So, absolutely it can be done in the home. The better parents get at it to, the advantage of doing at in the home is that they start learning how to implement behavioral treatments all day long. They don t say - okay, this is our work time and this is our play time. They start being really good at finding teaching opportunities in every thing they do with their children.