What does early intervention consist of?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Autism expert Peggy Halliday discusses what an Early Intervention consists of.

    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: What does Early Intervention consist of?

    Peggy Halliday: Often, when children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder they are offered Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, sometimes Physical Therapy and these are all good. To have a really appropriate program, a child should also have Behavioral Intervention attitude as well. So, a combination of services is what makes for a best package for a child with autism in order to be the best.