Peggy HallidayPeggy 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: How can parents determine which treatment options are best?
Peggy Halliday: There are so many treatment options out there nowadays, that parents have to be very selective about what they choose. You want to make sure you are choosing an evidence based treatment for your child that has research behind it to show that it is going to be effective, your child doesn t have time to waste on treatments that are inefficient or ineffective so you want to make sure first of all, that you are looking at what research is behind whatever treatment option that you choose.