If a child receives a diagnosis of autism, what should parents do?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses if a child receives a diagnosis of autism, what parents should parents do.

    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: If a child receives a diagnosis of autism, what should parents do?

    Peggy Halliday: Hopefully, if the doctors who gave you the diagnosis is going to refer you to some professionals in your area who have experienced in early intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. You want to get the names of professionals who have a great deal of experiences not just in developmental disabilities but in autism treatment and then you want to pursue earlier intervention therapies right away.